Poler by Benji Wagner in Around Portland, Oregon, USA

This is just a short ride out of Portland up by a popular swimming hole. The other shot of the surfers was taken on the coast.  I like this diptych because it shows how to get out of the city and into the amazing outdoors surrounding Portland.

Name:Benji Wagner

Place you live: Portland Oregon

Place your photos were taken: In the Columbia Gorge & at the coast

Occupation: Creative Director of Poler Outdoor Stuff

Preoccupation: Father

A perfect day in your spot? Hanging out with my family in the woods.

What is the best thing about your spot? The people that live here are what make it interesting and special.

What is the worst? The rain.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider? Its really small, much smaller than most people think it is.

A place you want to visit before you die? I want to visit my daughters on their 80th birthdays.

Who are three of your favorite photographers right now? Alec Soth, Jaime Beechum, Todd Hido


Name:Benji Wagner


Best place to eat?

Woodsman, Screen DoorYokos

Best place to drink?

Clyde Common, Savoy, Kask

Best place to shop?

Poler Flagship Store, Frances Maye, Beam and Anchor

Local Tip?

If you come in the summer, you’ll never want to leave. Everything is golden and everyone is outside enjoying it.

For the visitor?

Visit our new store!