One place, one million and one views
One million people a year visit Sauvie Island at the confluence of the Columbia and Multnomah rivers outside Portland, Oregon. But beyond the beaches, produce farms, waterways and game preserves, one perspective that few ever gain is the island’s big, bold sky, its moody shifting light and the geometric patterns etched in the furrows, groves and surrounding mountain ridges. These elements are what drew me to Sauvie Island four years ago when we moved to Portland. This was about 20,000 images ago and hundreds of mostly pre-dawn outings — and I still feel that I have only scratched the surface.
In 1890 author F. H. Balch described Sauvie Island as "the most picturesque spot in Oregon...rich in wide meadows and crystal lakes, its interior dotted with majestic oaks and its shores fringed with cottonwoods, around it the blue and sweeping rivers, the wooded hills and the far white snow peaks.”
"The Sauvie Collection" is my tribute to Sauvie Island, reflecting the island's beauty in light usually unseen by the casual visitor -- at early dawn or twilight, in the bitter cold and freezing fog, or before or after massive storms sweep through with dramatic intensity. It is a special place where one can capture a continual and intimate dialogue between earth and sky.