The Other Art

Though it’s been a big writing year, I kept active as a photographer as well. Here’s some stuff I liked from 2008.


About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

2 responses to “The Other Art

  • Patrick Wohlmut

    One of the things I like about your photography is the way you capture the texture of your subject, sometimes multiple textures, layered next to and on top of each other. It gives your work a tactility that, for me, other photographs lack. It’s very pleasurable and appealing to me.

  • splattworks

    Thank you, Patrick. I appreciate that comment more than you know. I learned a lot from Edward Weston's B&W and Ernst Haas's color work, and I've been a big fan of collage and the abstract expressionist painters; so maybe that's where it comes from. When I was starting out, I'd run out of the darkroom all excited with a dripping wet print, and people would be like, uh, Steve, why are you taking pictures of peeled paint or a stack of chairs? Eh. Some still do.

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