When the pandemic hit the world, many of us experienced a "stay home" order in mid-March of 2020. Many of the businesses in downtown Portland boarded up their windows and went home. Slowly murals and artistic graffiti filled the empty, boarded-up streets to bring people some joy. Then in late May, the Black Live Matter protests started and more art, lettering, and messages filled the city. As an urban photographer, I knew this was changing the face of our urban landscape on a weekly (even daily) basis. I had to capture what I could during this historic year. This compilation is part of a series of new pieces that show some of the basic messages painted and posted in Portland. I am sharing these in the hope they bring you a more thoughtful, positive memory of 2020 in which the challenges of 2020 hopefully help inspire a more united future.
10% of print sales of this series will go to the NAACP.
This is fine art print printed on fine art paper with long-lasting pigment inks.