Several years back, not long after we moved to Oregon we became fascinated with the murals painted on the sides of buildings along the main streets of almost every small town in Oregon that we would drive through. We even entertained the ideas of trying to do a book on the murals of small-town Oregon. Quickly we discovered how difficult it was to take photos, or at least good photos, of most of these murals because 1) there were almost always cars obstructing the view or 2) In most cases the city decided to post various signs (with very tall posts) or plant trees on the sidewalks right in the middle of the length of the mural or 3) Many times the murals were so big it just wasn’t possible to get the whole thing in a photograph unless you took it from a weird angle. Even so, the murals were still very interesting to us. They were a way of the small towns telling their history to those passing through who took the time to stop and look at them: A way for the towns to express their personality and show what’s important to their individual speck on the map. These are not the best photos I ever took…..not by a long shot…..but they are interesting.
To view mural photos look under Regular Photography-Murals~ Community Art. Be sure to not miss the fly-out for Part 2. There were too many to put into one gallery.