<br /><strong>The Insider: Peter Johnson</strong><br />
<br />With more and more people finding love on the Internet, it’s no surprise that photographer and contemporary art connoisseur Peter Johnson wanted to jump on the bandwagon, just not in the way one might expect. Instead, the Portland-based creative visionary took to the web not to find love, but to declare it. He launched captured52.com as an ode to the large-scale photography he believes best captures the medium’s transformative properties. Each photograph available on the site—one carefully curated work by a different photographer for each week of the year (52 total)—is magnified to epic proportions and expertly framed so art lovers are treated to an instant gallery-like experience immediately upon delivery. Here, the visionary photographer shares what’s on his radar in Portland this season.
<br /><a href="http://www.captured52.com/" target="_blank">captured52.com</a><br />
<br><strong>Favorite thing in inventory?</strong> Every single photograph! Just because a photograph can be printed big, doesn’t mean it should. We cull through thousands of images to narrow it down to the 52 that we represent per season on the site. Over the course of four collections, I have never grown tired of looking at any one of them. I guess that’s the point.<br>
<br><strong>For the art-obsessed:</strong> In Portland, we love to celebrate our rich and thriving arts scene, and we do it big every month at First Thursdays in the Pearl. For literary arts, world-famous Powell’s City of Books is a must, or if brilliant midcentury and custom furniture is your thing, head to The Good Mod on Burnside. Plan it right, and you can hit all three the same evening!<br>
<br><strong>One to watch:</strong> Tatiana Wills; she was one of the first photographers to believe in the idea of Captured52 and to get involved. She’s a good friend, a talented photographer and her portrait work is phenomenal.<br>