For the Love of Club

Timbers Army celebrates MLS Cup win. PDX street photography by Paul Ottaviano.
Portland Timbers supporters celebrate. Providence Park. Portland, OR.

Portland Timbers Football Club supporters had a spontaneous party in the streets, after the team won MLS Cup last Sunday. Timbers fans are some of the best and most passionate in soccer. Their natural happiness (and relief) in victory was very real, and a moment I won’t forget.

While in the joyous melee I shot a few film photos, which are in development, and I also captured nice snapshots with my iPhone camera. I’m learning to regard the camera-phone as a digital toy camera, akin to fun film toys like Holga and Diana. It has a similar unpredictability, and can work in situations like this.



USA vs Belize

USMNT huddle | Paul Ottaviano Photography
USA vs Belize. 2013 Gold Cup. Portland, Ore.

Based on upon the fact that my lens selection was small and not suitable for good stop-action photography, relative to my seat location and lighting, I decided to focus on set-pieces and still moments such as the one you see here.