4/5/17

How long will a street spot last?

Portland isn't known for awesome street skating.  Sure, there are spots and some have been really good.  The rain takes its toll though.  An awesome spot can become pure crust after a winter or 2.  And all the growth in this city has prompted a much more liberal use of skate stoppers.  Then, out of nowhere there's a brand new spot and the minute I started skating it I thought, this was designed by a skateboarder.  If it wasn't, then there's some serious Love Park/EMB type of skate vibes manifesting in an architecture office somewhere.

The spot has been a go on the weekends and hopefully it stays that way.  Let's keep picking up our trash and staying out of the way of pedestrians.  And hopefully we can skate this all through the summer.


I forgot what Ryan was doing here.  I'll guess nollie tailslide.


Derek down.

Niles with the back tail.

Healy tailsliding.

Lurking.

Spencer was in town and ripping.


Silas was shredding the spot.  This was in a line and is one of those blunt variations that's hard to name.  I think fakie front blunt to fakie is best.  Or switch nollie nose blunt? haha.

Peep that footy.


Derek and Sam.

Sam with the lipslide.

1/30/17

Broken Pinky Photo Sale

As many of you know, I broke my pinky so bad that I needed surgery.  So my left hand is currently bundled up with a partial cast, wires in my pinky, and is mostly useless.  Because of this I'm unable to work as a bartender leaving me in a tough financial position.  While there are a few potential freelance jobs on the horizon, I decided to sell some photos to help generate more funds and help get me by.

I have 4 main prints that I'm selling and will print them in batches as they sell.  The black and white I will hand print in the darkroom and the color print I will have done at Blue Moon here in Portland.  They do amazing optical color prints.  Then, I have a bunch of prints from my archives.  They are multiples that I've been sitting on for a variety of reasons.  They can now be yours!

I'll list prices with each print that will include shipping.  I'll ship them flat in photo safe envelopes.
You can order via email - georgefgd@hotmail.com.  Payment can be made through paypal at the same email or you can use venmo.  If you're in Portland, I'll also accept cash and can hand deliver.

If there are any other photos of mine you'd like a print of I'm happy to do that also.  Hit me up and we can discuss size, pricing, etc.

Please send any questions my way - georgefgd@hotmail.com

Thank you!!!

Here are the 4 photos that I'm taking orders for and will print in batches.
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First up we have Frank yawning.  One of my favorites shots of him.
8x10 black and white print $30 including shipping.
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Steve frontside feeble.
8x10 black and white print $30 including shipping.
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 Weiss Liquors.  Nashville.
8x10 black and white print $30 including shipping.
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 Glacier National Park star trails.
8x10 color print $30 including shipping.
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Here are extra prints from my archives.  A few have multiples, but mostly one offs.  If they sell, I'll remove them from the page so availability is current.  Each print priced individually.


Gonz portrait from Australia, 2012.
8x10 prints, $20 each, includes shipping.
I have multiples of this print.  It is slightly flawed.  I was having darkroom issues and there are dark spots along the edges.  They are only on the edges and not on the image.
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 Conor.
 Craig.
 Forest.
 Jack.
Steve.

Here are a few extras from my show "People And The Skateboards They Belong To."
One of each print is available.
$30, 8x10 print.  Shipping included.
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 One of my favorite things to shoot are blossoms in the spring time.  Here are just some of the many polaroids I've shot of these.
$20 for each individual polaroid shot.  Includes shipping.
Buy 5 of them and I'll throw in a 6th for free.
Shot on Fuji FP-100 with a Polaroid land camera.  Each photo is one of a kind.
If you order one of these I'll pick them at random unless there is a specific shot you'd like.
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Thank you for looking and thank you for the support!

11/8/16

Paris

Many months ago, maybe even a year ago, Chelsea and I started talking about taking a trip to Europe.  She had never been and I had mostly been for work.  My work trips didn't leave much time for exploring and being a tourist so I was itching to do those things.  And relax on a trip.  Work trips always involved so much work.

Our first stop was Paris.  We stayed with my friend Benjamin, his wife Maria, and their son Victor.  It was awesome staying with friends because we got a real glimpse into Parisian life.  Delicious meals with delicious wine followed by amazing cheese and great conversation.  Victor was so excited to have guests that he woke us up early each morning.  That made our jet lag just a little more difficult to overcome.  But a long list of things to do and plenty of coffee got us through it.

We had a great time exploring the city.  A few more days would've been great as we were just starting to feel at home there when it was time to travel on to Berlin.

Here are my favorite shots from this part of the trip.


 
The Catacombs were amazing and humbling.  It was interesting to hear the history of how they came to be.  And staggering the amount of people buried there.  The section known as the Catacombs is just a small amount of the old quarry tunnels that stretch across Paris.

Of course we went to the Eiffel Tour.  It's a mandatory stop and rightly so.


I really enjoyed walking around the streets and just taking in another city.  This is from our walk around Le Marais.

 The Batobus was a great way to see the city from the river and to sit and rest from walking around most of the day.  It gave us some great views of landmarks like this one of Notre Dame.


On our last full day, we took the train to Montmatre to have brunch and hiked up to Sacre Couer.  The view from the top of the church was awesome.

10/29/16

The last sunny day of the year?

Every post I do on here I proclaim that I'm going to post more.  That I'm sorry I've been lagging on posts.  Maybe this winter it will happen.  I've been trying to look at instagram less.  It's good for me.  But I still want to share photos.  Maybe this is still a good medium for that?  That's only if anyone looks at this anymore.  Anyone?

The forecast looked shitty today.  But the skies were clearing as I ate breakfast.  There was talk of skating parking garages.  Hunting down something dry.  Then the sun started creeping out from behind the clouds.  A little patience and the ground was looking dry.  There were group texts and organizing.  Battlground gets plenty of sun and there's a lot of skatepark.  So we took it north over the state line for our shredding.  I hadn't used the old DSLR in a minute and it's been years since I shot anything on my 100mm lens.  So long that I had to exercise the aperture to make sure it wouldn't stick.  There's a reminder to use your camera gear or it may stop functioning properly!

Our route was Battleground, one of the skate spot parks in Vancouver, and a street spot Ryan knew of.  My car had me, Ryan, Derek, and Steve.  Scott and Ashley met us in Battleground and hit up the Vancouver spot with us.  So all around a good day with a good crew.

Derek and Steve had a lipslide challenge.  I think Derek won by doing his frontside lipslide first.


 Here is Steve's back lip.
 
 Ride up the bank and ollie off to the flat.


Ashley hitting the hip.

 Koerner with the frontside ollie.


Ryan seeing if it goes.

It goes.




 I'm pretty sure this dude's name was Chase.  He and his buddies were ripping and super nice.


Ryan 5-0s from the top all the way down in Vancouver.

And did the same with a tailsldie.

 Steve got in on the 5-0 fun too.


 Ryan took us to this crusty bank to curb.  Fun, but challenging.

And Ryan nailed this feeble grind.

7/26/16

Off Ramp Theater

There is a history of DIY under bridges in Portland.  Why not carry that on with a show under the mish mash of freeway interchanges connected to the Fremont Bridge?  That's just what happened last Saturday.





First up was Old Friend.
 





Then it was Matt's new band.  I don't remember what they're called.  They killed it at their first show.




Last up was Riled.  Fueled by Colt 45.