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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

In addition to grand sweeping vistas, Ansel Adams spent time photographing the urban landscapes surrounding his home. This weekend, we invite you to spend some time closer to the city, writing within this place. Take a moment to imagine standing where Adams did when he took this photograph. What do you notice? What if you…  Read more

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Art and Writing During the Pandemic: Celebrating the Write Around Portland Partnership

It has been more than one year since Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum began collaborating on weekly, art-inspired writing prompts to sustain our souls and our sense of connection during the pandemic. Write Around Portland staff and writing workshop facilitators have created over 60 writing prompts inspired by works in the Portland…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Richard Misrach

Looking at the water, the land, the tiny bridge in the distance, we are reminded of journeying, and the boats or ships that may have passed under that bridge. What else might be in the water, on those distant shores? We invite you to take some time today to write about the images that come…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Photographs take us to places and times we might never see otherwise. Even on this summery day, this picture by Ansel Adams transports us to snowy grandeur shrouded by clouds and fog. If you were on one of these rocks in the clouds, how would you feel? Let your imagination take you there today as…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Some places are so iconic, so famous, that they seem to carry their own personalities with them. You could imagine what they might be saying to one another about the world around them, about the weather, about the throngs of people who come to see them. During this holiday weekend, we invite you to spend…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Mitch Epstein

As we deepen into summer, and record heat, droughts, and wildfires become part of the normal rhythms of the season, we are asked to reflect more about our response to the changing climate. Can we live in harmony with the earth? Where does our footprint end and nature begin? Photographer Mitch Epstein’s series American Power…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Jonathan Calm

This photograph from Jonathan Calm offers a unique glimpse behind the camera, a chance to see the artist at work. As we celebrate Father’s Day today, we invite you to reflect on someone “behind the scenes” in your life who offers you support, care, guidance, and inspiration. Someone who embodies the caring support of fatherhood…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Last Sunday, we invited you to spend some time writing with Laura McPhee’s Midsummer (Lupine and Fireweed), which offered a scene of blooming wildflowers at the foot of charred tree trunks. Today, let’s spend some time with this photograph by Ansel Adams, which McPhee cites as an inspiration for her work. Notice how a closer…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Laura McPhee

 “Photographing in the burned forest was one of the great, joyful experiences of my life,” Laura McPhee has said, “finding that catastrophe to be so beautiful,… so stunningly unexpected.” In McPhee’s Midsummer (Lupine and Fireweed), landscape provides a metaphor for loss and the regenerative power of natural cycles. This week, we invite you to contemplate…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Catherine Opie

How can we bring new understanding, new light to something we already know so well? Catherine Opie’s Untitled #1 (Yosemite Valley) offers us a place to start. Opie’s photography gives us new ways of seeing iconic landscapes. We invite you to spend some time today writing with this photograph and discovering what comes up for…  Read more