Portraitlandia: Portland Stereotypes IRL

July 10, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

Photographer Kirk Crippens decided to use his month-long residency at Portland’s NewSpace Center for Photography to prove that the people of Portland are more than just the crunchy-granola-progressive-living tropes portrayed on Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s hit show Portlandia.

His cleverly meta-titled photo series Portraitlandia feature such unexpected characters as a “beard champion,” “student welder,” “traditional storyteller and consultant on Northwest tribal culture” and “body modification community members.” It sure turns stereotypes on their heads. Sort of. I mean, look how underrepresented Portland’s elephant community is on the show. Not cool.