I’ve not been stagnant; quite much the opposite. Hopping from town to town, bar to bar, thought to thought. Evaluating circumstances, figuring out the variables in the equation. Working nonstop.
There will be much, and it’s already started, but it will be more.
Two blocks down from my apartment is an abandoned field where, for the better part of the year, goats have been keeping the grass neat and tidy. These goats were available to visit and hang out with and all in all were pretty much the best thing ever.
Unfortunately, the field is going to be developed in 2014; rumored to be another New Seasons marketplace. The goats have new owners, and while it’s good to see they’ll all be taken care of and hopefully kept together, it seems my days of visiting the goats are no more.
Which is really too bad.
I took Hollow Boys to the field to hang out; basically anyone who visits, I make go see the goats. And everyone has a great time, and it’s seldom in this world there’s something that is truly just free and great.
And now they’ll tear it down and put up a store that will follow the brand standards and rules and regulations of other New Seasons markets in order to bolster revenue and the goats will be off at another farm and there’ll be less and less individual community traits left maintaining Portland as something that isn’t just another mid-size city in America.
Colin Smith is a multidisciplinary visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon. He has a BFA in graphic design from SCAD and an MS in photojournalism from BU. He is the Smith in Smith Davis and the co-founder of The New Fiend. He is ready to work.
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