Bridge Photography and History Seminar - Atlas Obscura
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Portland, Oregon

Bridge Photography and History Seminar

Walking tour and hands-on photography class of Portland's downtown bridges with enthusiast and engineer Andrew Hall.

The bridges stitching together Portland’s east and west sides are some of the most iconic features in the city. Capturing their strength and beauty is an art form—and this seminar is both a historic walking tour of the downtown bridges as well as a hands-on photography class.

The seminar is co-hosted by Atlas Obscura Portland Chapter Head Phil Busse, who has logged hundreds of hours on the Willamette River as a rower and coach for local university crew teams, and by Andrew Hall, an engineer by profession and a photographer by trade. For the past decade, Hall has hosted, an on-line gallery focused on photographing regional bridges in new, unique, and inspiring ways.

The tour is about looking at the bridges through a new lens (excuse the pun)—and includes a hands-on photography class. Bring your own camera. (Cell phone camera will suffice.) This is an opportunity to learn fundamentals in camera skills, and specifically how to see and capture the bridges’ form and function. The seminar also is a (roughly two-mile) walking tour of the downtown bridges, from the newest, Tilikum Crossing, to the century-old Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. The tour and seminar is timed to conclude with the sunset to capture the changing light in the evening.

Additional Details

  • The event will happen rain or shine.
  • Kids 12+ are welcome. 
  • Wear practical shoes; you'll be walking for 2 miles or so.


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