Over the span of a month during an artist residency in Oregon, San Francisco-based photographer, Kirk Crippens hit the streets of Portland in search of authenticity to challenge expectations of the city's population drawn from the popular television show Portlandia. What resulted was a series of bizarrely beautiful portraits of the city's population. 

Over the span of a month during an artist residency in Oregon, San Francisco-based photographer, Kirk Crippens hit the streets of Portland in search of authenticity to challenge expectations of the city's population drawn from the popular television show Portlandia. What resulted was a series of bizarrely beautiful portraits of the city's population. "I gradually pieced together an expanding list of people: Tres Shannon, the founder of Voodoo Doughnuts, former Mayor Sam Adams, and eccentric millionaire John McAfee [...] I wanted a diverse and representative group, so I sought participants who were not as well known but who could represent a part of the city: a mail carrier, a mechanic, and a nun. Nearly everyone I reached out to agreed to be part of the project-more than forty-five portraits." Appropriately named Portraitlandia, the series captures the soul of the city, showing both the exuberant, creative-types one would expect along side the, seemingly, more tame citizens. The scope of the project both confirms and challenges the preconceived notions many have about the city and invites the viewer to, ultimately, take a closer look. View the rest of the series here.

Text by Alexis Lodsun