Portland photographers Geoffrey Hiller and Gia Goodrich receive 2016 RACC grants

by | Jan 12, 2016 | Community

Two Portland photographers, Gia Goodrich and Geoffrey Hiller, were recently awarded Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) grants for their photography projects. Both works tell intriguing local stories from outside the mainstream; one of people and one of place.

In celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, Gia Goodrich set out to photograph portraits of LGBTQ couples in Portland with her Love Wins project. The photographs, which can be viewed online at lovewinsportraits.com, combine studio portraits with text overlays that tell the stories of each couple and family. “I want to create an archive where people can come to see people like and unlike themselves, a place where they can hear experiences and  develop an empathic connection,” Goodrich writes on the website. “I want the young kid from a small town in middle America to feel less alone, less isolated, and less afraid.” Throughout the year, Goodrich will visit schools, churches, and community centers to help educate and encourage discussion around LGBTQ issues. The photographs will then be printed and displayed at Pioneer Courthouse Square from June 15-22.

Geoffrey Hiller’s Bus #75/Hidden Portland project documents life along TriMet’s #75 bus route, which covers 15 miles and 128 stops on Portland’s east side. Living within earshot of the bus line, Hiller has nonetheless discovered locations along its route that were brand new to him. “I chose to focus on the # 75 because it goes through neighborhoods that I wasn’t even aware of before. Neighborhoods like Mocks Crest in north Portland and pockets in SE such as Ardenwald near Johnson Creek.” Hiller’s photographs reveal hidden areas of Portland and the communities therein, from Samoan and Hmong churches to an anarchist bookstore. You can view a collection of photos from the route on Hiller’s website. The culmination of the project will include a dedicated website and physical exhibits at Concordia University and Blue Moon Camera and Machine.

For a full list of 2016 RACC grant recipients and descriptions of their projects, click here.

Header image: Geoffrey Hiller

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