Minty Green Houses

I’m working on a project which is hush-hush for now, but I hope to be able to tell you about it soon. In the meantime, here is a post about one of my odder side projects, an effort to to photograph all of the Minty Green Houses Of Portland before they are painted over. Minty green has been my favorite house color for a long time, but I only started taking pictures this summer, posting the images to my Facebook page at a rate of about one a day.

When I started out, I had thought this particular green, which I regard as the quintessential Portland house color, was losing ground to more muted Martha Stewartish shades of sage and jade, but there are still plenty to be found. Almost any drive down a Portland side street will turn up a couple of examples, and I can usually fill a week’s quota in an hour or so. I just passed the one hundred mark and I’ve decided to quit for a while, if only to give my Facebook friends a break- I have had a lot of positive comments, but some people express bafflement at my interest, and there have been a few comments along the lines of “You have WAY too much time on your hands”.

I have posted large versions of ten of my favorite houses to Flickr, starting here. My preference is for frontal views without cars or trees in the way, and while some houses appear to be recently painted, minty green is such a currently unfashionable color that many are in a picturesque state of dilapidation, clearly in need of a paint job that is unlikely to be another shade of minty green.