October 19, 2009
By Claire Sykes
When Paul Loney isn’t defending someone in court, the Portland activist attorney often has his eye behind a camera. From rooms in his house and floral close-ups to common neighborhood scenes and Upstate Michigan vistas, a variety of worlds fills his viewfinder.
“There isn’t any one place I take photographs of more than others; it just happens that I am around home and the neighborhood more than other places. I also really like having a camera around water, especially the Columbia River.”
“I love manipulating some of the images I take into something different, especially the ones that don’t come out the way I thought they would when I took them. Sometimes there is no way a person can tell just what the original image was, which is somehow liberating.”
“I photograph whenever the urge strikes, as I usually have my camera with me at all times. I know the one time I don’t have it is when there will be a scene that I really want to capture.” I’m glad Paul had his camera nearby when he found the moth. “I came out of the house and into the garage this summer and there it was on my car. This shot was pure bliss. But because of the lighting, it took me three or four tries before it worked. I first look for good light. If I also have good subject material, it is a bonus.”
“Thinking of taking pictures pushes me into looking at my surroundings much more closely, and differently. Taking pictures is a meditation for me, forcing me to let go of what I first saw or what I thought I saw. When I do that, more often what appears is like a little discovery, a Zen moment.”
My words © by Claire Sykes. All rights reserved.
Paul’s words © Paul Loney. All rights reserved.