Mama, I’m Coming Home

By |2013-01-16T17:16:35+00:00Jan 1st, 2013|

This has been the longest stretch that I’ve gone without returning home to New York City. It hasn’t been that bad as I’ve truly fallen in love with the gem that is Portland. Still, I am so excited to get back home for a few days to see my family and catch up with friends. I’m toying with getting a photowalk going. I’ll drop details on that in a few days.

This is an image of the iconic Empire Diner, which had sadly closed back in 2010 (the same year that I took this image). However, it has since re-opened as The Highliner. and it underscores the idea of taking the old and making new with my upcoming Redux series, where I take old images and re-process them from scratch to illustrate how time impacts individual style. I’m really excited to get that project off the ground (should be another few weeks or so). I was able to achieve this particular plane of focus and blur by using my Canon 17mm tilt shift lens. This was smack dab in the middle of a time when I tilted my lens for every shot I took. It is something that I greatly regret to this day. I’ll go into more detail in the Redux series.

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  1. Ron Clifford January 1, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Very Nostalgic!

  2. Brian Matiash January 1, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    +Ron Clifford Cheers! And I owe you an email reply. Now that the holidays are winding down, I'll get to that by tomorrow. Happy 2013, my friend!

  3. Katie Rabbitt January 1, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I used to live down the street from that diner!

  4. Mathew Hanley January 1, 2013 at 11:45 am - Reply


  5. Ron Clifford January 1, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I figured you were quite busy and don't want to pester :)  Happy New Year!

  6. Levi Moore January 1, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Has the family met the new wife yet, +Brian Matiash?

  7. Jacob Surland January 1, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Awesome light you got here!

  8. Brian Matiash January 1, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    +Levi Moore Oh sure. She has been back home with me before.

  9. Robert Koster January 1, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I had a similar experience in 2011 returning home to NYC after living in CA for 2 years. Certainly the longest stretch I've ever gone being away from NY. A very nostalgic trip.

  10. Levi Moore January 1, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Oh, ok.

  11. Shelly Gunderson January 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Very lovely image!

  12. Jim Denham January 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Very cool – looking forward to seeing what time has changed in your style +Brian Matiash! Happy New Year my friend!

  13. Kat Tehranchik January 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    The image is wonderful and conjures such old fashion meals.
    But my smile is for the "gem that is Portland" – I'm a transplant too and I love it here.

  14. Judy Howle January 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Nice work Brian – capture and processing!

  15. Sergey Bidun January 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    wonderful image +Brian Matiash, I'm glad you were able to capture it in the "original" way. this image is now a history. Happy New Year!

  16. Sébastien Beun January 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Great work +Brian Matiash ! Love the use of the blur here :-)

  17. Manuela Azevedo January 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply


  18. Shawn Highfill January 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Have a great time with your family.

  19. Paul Colombo January 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year Brian to you and your bride who's book is right here beside me…"plug in with onone software by Nicole S. Young.

  20. Cynthia Pyun January 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Such a moment in time, +Brian Matiash looking forward to your new series :)

  21. Jody Carbone January 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Nostalgia, a bit of a stomach growl (who doesn't love diner food) and a feast for the eyes all rolled into one. Thank you.

    Enjoy home, family and friends!

  22. Carlos Melendez January 2, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

    I also use to live in that area ( 21st between 7-8 ave )

  23. Gopalakrishnen Murugayan January 3, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I love to u:)

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