Smith Rock by Clayton Cotterell in Terrebonne, Oregon, USA

This photograph was taken just outside of Smith Rock, a historic US rock climbing destination.

Name:Clayton Cotterell

Place you live: Portland, OR

Place your photo was taken: Terrebonne, OR

Can you sum up Portland?  Perma-vacation when the sun comes out.  PDX has a really creative and supportive creative community that I’m glad to be a part of.

Occupation: Photographer, Professor, and re-toucher.

Preoccupation: Rock Climbing

A perfect day in Portland? Eating a bountiful breakfast in my back yard, grabbing my camera and hitting the road with my lady for a day trip of playing around in the nearby mountains and rivers.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Visit Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books in NE Portland. Best curated space around.

A perfect meal in the place you call home? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on really nice bread, anywhere with a view.

What is the best thing about your spot? Geographical variety.

What is the worst? I don’t want to say the rain, but it’s the rain.

A little known fact about where you live? Everyone composts, everyone.

Where is your favorite place in the world? I’m not totally sure. I’d consider myself a mountain person over a beach person if that helps at all.