BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Obsessions with buses and progressive vibes in the PDX

Everywhere you turn in Portland, Oregon, it seems there's a business in a bus: the Burger Bus, the Double Decker Dress Shop, another grilled cheese sandwich bus, and so forth. There's much love about this city on the Willamette. It's quirky, it's a foodie's paradise, it's green both in leaf and in spirit and it's progressive and cutting-edge, replete with a creative vibe I've found in few other places. It's pretty damn laid back, too, something I didn't find in Seattle when I visited there last summer.

Jacob and I spent a week there earlier this month, and though there is much fodder for a photographic portfolio, photography was not a priority on the trip. It's nice to think of Denver as an incubator of fine photographic art, but compared to Portland, Denver is nothing. While in Oregon, I discovered the Newspace Center for Photography, which provides facilities for emerging photographic artists and plenty of gallery space for those who score a place on their wall. If you're a camera-wielding traveler making a stop in Portland, a visit to Newspace will be worth your while.

There's also Pro Photo Supply, a great local camera store that will rent you lenses of all kinds, something seriously lacking in Colorado. If you'd like to spend a weekend shooting with a $2,500 tilt-shift lens for your Canon DSLR, put your name on the list and pony-up a fairly reasonable $30 (or so) daily fee, and it's yours.

Here are a few images from the trip: