Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


"There's gotta be a law against this"

"There's gotta be a law against this"

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”
— Alfred Adler

As long as I can remember, my dad has said he wants to photograph this cool little barn just off the highway by our house. I always agreed that it would be a great idea, but like most spots, we just never got around to it. 

This particular weekend however, was around the time of my dad's 20 year anniversary with Nike! I'm thinking about it, and I can't even imagine working for the same company for 20 years. It's preposterous, really. Somehow he managed though, and in reward they gave him eight weeks to relax and spend a little time with the family. 

This is also the time that I got my very first contract as a photographer. It happened the day before, when I brought my sand dollar photo in to Frame Central to frame for my parents. They liked it so much they asked me for more, and within a few days they sent me a contract! Unfortunately, they asked me for iconic "NW" shots, which I do not have.  I do however have a dislike of taking the same photos everyone else has already taken. But! Since they were asking, I had to make it happen (As long as I did it my way).

The first shot of my now-ongoing series was taken in Banks, OR, right off the side of Highway 26. With so much time on his hands, my dad actually got to get out in the early morning to take this shot with me. To get this fantastic angle on the hill, he brought a 30ft ladder out with his truck, we propped it up against a light post, and he held it while I climbed all the way to the top! The ladder was really shaky and the light post was not staying still, but thanks to my first boss I can say I've had a lot of experience with extremely dangerous and stupid ladder climbs. I didn't even need a wide-angle (the angle was perfect) so I brought the 50 prime and started snapping away. My favorite moment of the morning I almost didn't hear, but through the roar of the wind and cars I could hear my dad say "There's gotta be a law against this."

Sunrise over a vinyard in Banks, OR


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