A Fond Remembrance…
While traveling in northern Oregon on a hot summer day in 1987, I came upon
an old, mostly abandoned community called Flora. It had very few die-hard residents
left. On a neglected section of property, with waist-high grass, I spotted an
old abandoned car I wanted to photograph. I decided to stop and ask permission
at a shabby house nearby. An elderly lady in a sunhat appeared at the door before
I could knock. She invited me in--it was cool inside. She immediately started
rambling on about her favorite cat, as if I were a visiting neighbor. While
she was fussing with it, she suddenly changed the subject to politics and started
reciting a letter she recently wrote to her congressman about an issue she felt
passionate about. I glanced around her home filled with character and memorabilia
and spotted some geraniums growing up a windowpane behind some lace curtains.
While she continued talking, I quickly guessed at shutter and aperture settings
and took several photographs. In '88 with this photograph I was awarded
second place in the "Oregon Salon of Photography" sponsored by the
Oregon State Fair. I will always remember my visit to the home of Zella Weatherman.
--Steven D. Strean
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