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North America : : Portland, Oregon

I’ve always had a strange fascination with totem poles. Perhaps it’s because I’m part Native American, but, seeing as I don’t really identify with whatever portion of me is Blackfoot, I don’t really think that’s it. If I had to make a guess, I’d say it’s likely due to their size. The magnitude of their height has been something that I take comfort in; as a giant myself, I take pleasure in most things that make me feel small because it’s a feeling rarely felt by these stretched bones.

This particular totem pole is of special importance to me as it towers over a memorable spot in the city I generally refer to as my home. This monolithic figure has seen me at moments few people have; it’s witnessed moments of triumph, incredible weakness, glee and something quite close to despair.

And, at all these times it never uttered a word; obviously because it can’t. That’s part of the beauty and mystery of this place, that it knows me in such a way that very few people do. It’s an odd thing, but for me, in many ways, places are like people and this place is one I haven’t seen in years. I miss it.

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‘Sights’ is a portion of ‘Stories From Untamed Waters’ that will cover the places that have influenced me, changed me and inspired me. Check back for more images and their stories.


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