Picture-perfect story

| Print |  Email
Articles - September 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012

 

0912 EditorLetter
Matthew Ginn in a self-portrait at the Baldock array.

Writing stories and shooting photographs are very distinct arts requiring very different talent and skills. But once in a while you get a crossover artist like photographer Matthew Ginn, who documents the building of the Baldock solar array that was developed under the Oregon Solar Highway Program and is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Good writers and good photographers are at their core good storytellers, just working in different mediums. That describes Ginn, a Portland-based photographer who was drawn not only to the visual possibilities of the project, but also to the fact that it was a good business story.

“It’s impressive to see all these agencies with different goals and mandates trying to achieve something like this,” says Ginn. “I’ve always been interested in construction. It’s a pretty big and unique infrastructure project that sounded good from a photographic perspective — there are great lines on an array like that — but also had a good angle for the magazine.”

And stories can be told in many ways. Our magazine is filled with many thousands of words (after all, editors/writers are in charge here), but we know a picture can be worth a thousand of them, and we know when to back up and make room for the visual.

Ginn focused not just on the hardware and technology, but on the people doing the building. The toughest challenge was getting enough elevation to give the array the perspective it needed. The solution was for Ginn to get in a small plane and shoot while hanging out the window as the plane was going 80 miles per hour.

That’s a skill best left to photographers who will do anything to get their shot.

Robin Doussard





Robin Doussard

 

More Articles

Downtime with the executive director of Greater Portland Inc.

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Janet LaBar, Executive director, Greater Portland Inc.


Read more...

Opening soon: 3 of the coolest new breweries in Oregon

The Latest
Thursday, March 19, 2015
brewthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.


Read more...

5 questions about the FLIR FX

The Latest
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
FLIR-FX-IndoorBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The Wilsonville-based company is targeting GoPro enthusiasts with its latest release. Is spy gear poised to go mainstream?


Read more...

European Vacation

Guest Blog
Thursday, April 23, 2015
norristhumbBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

There are winners and losers with a strengthening U.S. dollar.


Read more...

Emperor of the Sea

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | Photos by Jason E. Kaplan

Pacific Seafood, one of the world’s largest processors, is rebranding as a more transparent and consumer-friendly operation. A controversial CEO and monopoly accusations from coastal fishermen complicate the tale.


Read more...

5 questions for inDinero CEO Jessica Mah

The Latest
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
jessicathumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

inDinero, a business that manages back-office accounting for startups and smaller companies, recently announced it would relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Portland. We talked to CEO Jessica Mah about what drew her to Portland and how she plans to disrupt the traditional CPA model.


Read more...

Beneath the Surface

May 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
0515-goodhacker01 250pxwBY LINDA BAKER

On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.” 


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS