Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Eluvium

Sometimes your world explodes into either a million bloody pieces or a million billion colors. As of a few moments ago, my head has been traveling the Crayola highway as I have just found out that Eluvium (Matthew Copper) is touring again.

Do yourself a favor: go see him blow your mind away after 3 fast beers (or none, ya prudes).

Tour Dates. April 29th @ Holoscene in Portland, and May 6th @ Trunkspace in Phoenix. The lie Eluvium experience is met with visuals via video projection (yes, he's one of those musicians!).

Ahhh. I need you to go.

Under the Water It Glowed. Just listen. Drink a beer. Close your eyes. Smoke a bowl. Take a nap. Walk the beach. Smell the desert. Hear the stars. Turn out the lights. Do whateverthefuck it is you want that puts you in a headspace nobody can touch.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chris


Chris, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

This is NOT a calendar photo, since I don't consider it Portland-related. But photography is what I do, and, frankly, where else am I gonna show it?

This guy is a bad ass. And quite hell-arious.

March 17th, 2010


March 17th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Yep, I know my days are out of order. I don't care. It's still Monday. I'm still exhausted.

Sophie's Bridal Couture. Beautiful shop. I hope to photographer her dresses someday. Beware of hokey website music.

March 15th, 2010


March 15th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

As much as I love the way the show was lit, it was not meant for hand-held photography, sadly. So dramatic, and individualized as if every work had it's own room.

March 16th, 2010


March 16th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Ahhh, so, Maybe I will talk just a little bit. I was given the opportunity to photograph an award ceremony at the Bullseye Gallery in the Pearl District, where I was given permission to photograph anything and everything I desired.

The color of this piece was my personal favorite in the whole show.

March 14th, 2010


March 14th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

So, I guess a few of you do keep up with this thing, quite unlike me! There is so much to say and catch up with, but, alas, it's a Monday, and Monday's exhaust me. So chances are I won't be talking much at all until the weekend. So sorry.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March 13th, 2010


March 13th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Recovering today from an awesome night of darts, pool, nickel arcades, life size Jenga, and lots of delicious drinkeroos. My brain feels like this. Muddled and blurry, but quite in a lovely state.

March 12th, 2010


March 12th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Ahhh, natural hot springs. Hot, watery, and smelly.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 11th, 2010


March 11th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Portland likes to leave their free shit on the corner.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 10th, 2010


March 10th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

SCOTT IRISH (as in... STEVE HOLT! for you Arrested Development devotees)

Coyotes? Really??

Okay. This was too hilarious to NOT update! I caught a few minutes of the news this evening about a coyote sighting... Children were scared (that's okay, kids are allowed to be afraid of shadows), parents were scared, and the news' angle was to instill fear into the viewer. One word, it's one of my common words, but still relevant:

RIDICULOUS.

Coyotes?! Really?! They're more skiddish to humans than the children are of them!

Portlanders. Pff.



Monday, March 8, 2010

March 9th, 2010


March 9th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I don't think you'd believe this was a real place if I didn't make sure a person was in the photo. But...how do you know I didn't composite this??

...you have no idea what I am capable of.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 8th, 2010


March 8th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Heterochromia Hound, Hunter!

March 7th, 2010


March 7th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

People love making cairns along the side of a PAVED TRAIL. Weirdos. Thanks for the heads up. Pff.

March 6th, 2010


March 6th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Although this is dated for the 6th, it was actually taken in the early hours this March 7th morning. BEAUTIFUCKINGFUL weather, air, company, dog, headspace, etc, etc.

This dog's name is Hunter. I tried to photograph her eyes, but dog's can be tough when they're overcurious around cameras. One is electric blue, and the other is a lovely beige. Much like David Bowie's eyes, but more vibrant.

[Tangent: I'm listening to my Devendra Banhart station on Pandora, and he does a cover of Don't Look Back in Anger. Very beautiful version that combines Lennon's intro to Imagine and Oasis' intro to Don't Look Back in Anger. Almost an eerie combination. But, nice.]

SO, yeah. I'm gonna love hiking in this state.

March 5th, 2010


March 5th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Getting behind AGAIN. But I have an excuse. It's been a busy weekend, and I've been home (where my laptop is) a total of about one conscious hour. The rest of the time was either socializing, hiking (more like enjoying fresh air away from fork lift exhaust, blech), eating out (frozen yogurt is developing a gigantic soft spot in my belly...or is it my belly?), or sleeping when I am home.

I love this city.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 4th, 2010


March 4th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Portland LOVES Thai food. Or Thai's love Portland. I haven't figured that out yet. But I know I love Pad Thai!

March 3rd, 2010


March 3rd, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Mississippi Records! Shy folks.

March 2nd, 2010


March 2nd, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

Saw this walking across a bridge. Portland loves to party.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st, 2010


March 1st, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.

I finally made a stop by Mississippi Records! Though I love the collection, the prices they get away with are un-fu*&ing believable! I have NEVER seen vinyl out-price cd's. NEVER!! But, I guess Portlanders love their vinyl, and I guess they will pay a premium on it. If only they knew... that none of these should cost anything above $12. Period.

If these folks are using their google alerts, then they're on to me! And I'm sure they have a lot of defense about overhead costs, supply/demand, etc. I get it. But you and I both know the prices are high, and you and I both know it's laughable that anyone pays that much. And they do! Friends back in Arizona even tell me about this place, but I'm hoping they know they can find a lot of this stock at Zia, or Stinkweeds, or... that other one I can't ever remember the name.

Admittedly, I'm just making a stink because I want a lot of what I saw at Mississippi Records. I just don't want to pay $20-30 for a friggin' record!

February 28th, 2010


February 28th, 2010, originally uploaded by Austin M. Shaffer.