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BENJAMIN HOLTROP PORTLAND, OR
Portland is a hotbed of creative talent, so it’s no surprise that artist Benjamin Holtrop has adopted the city, and its eclectic residents, as his muse. We met up with the photographer and art director to talk inspiration, his minimalistic style and what makes him tick. READ The interview
”IT’S ABOUT TAKING RISKS; DOING WHAT YOU LOVE AND HELPING OTHERS DO THE SAME”
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Ben's look
Contents
Custom Bike Heroes

Caffeine and custom bikes collide in Portland Read

CLOSE-UP

Benjamin goes behind the camera to share his portrait tips Read

Start Your Engines

Take a look at our new Moto Collection Read

ONLY IN PORTLAND

Explore the city’s brilliant and bizarre landmarks Read

Markmaker's essentials

Find out what our man can’t leave home without Read

The 6-Inch Boot

Get acquainted with this season’s Heritage Boot Read

CAFFEINE AND CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES

Heading through the city on two-wheels and need a caffeine fix?
In Portland you can get a coffee and a tune-up at the same time.
With surroundings this good, take a seat
- rather than your drink to go. MAKE AWARD-WINNING COFFEE AT HOME WITH OUR EXPERT TIPS LEARN HOW

Stay cool when you’re taking a close-up with Benjamin’s insider tips

Think before you snap
“Have an idea of what you want to do before you arrive. You want to project confidence and you want your work to have intention – but also remember that some of the best shots happen at unexpected moments.“

LOOK FOR THE LIGHT
“I look for bright, even lighting. I prefer natural light, and I also like to use shaded areas. If you have to be inside, try to be near a big window or skylight. Shooting in direct sunlight can be tricky for beginners because people can look washed out and have too much contrast. If natural light isn’t available, I’ll use backlighting and then focus the camera on the subject.”

Keep it simple
“Move away from crazy patterned walls or a lot of clutter – unless that’s what you're going for. It sounds simple, but taking a lot of things out of the frame makes any photo stronger. Even little things, like hair ties on a subject's wrist, can be distracting. It’s a simple trick, but effective.“

LEARN TO RELAX
“I always just sit down for a chat before I take my camera out – ask about their day or simple questions. You want whoever's posing to trust you, and that can be hard when they have a camera in their face. If I want them to laugh for a shot, I’ll have them tell me a funny story that happened to them. Music also helps set the mood.”

ONLY IN
PORTLAND
Portland, Oregon is famous for being wonderfully weird. From doughnut shops where you can say “I do” to a vegan boutique and hotels that lend you goldfish when you’re lonely, take a tour of the brilliant and bizarre with our one-of-a-kind city guide.
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Markmaker's essentials
Whether he’s working in Portland or on location in Alaska, there are a few things Benjamin Holtrop never leaves home without. We took a look in his bag of essentials, and uncovered a love of lists and a soft spot for old cameras.

Paired with a crisp pair of chinos or some selvage denim, the revival of the workboot means there’s no reason not to pull on a pair this season.

Made to be hardy and handsome all at the same time, the Yellow Boot is a Timberland icon. This season we’ve reimagined this design classic by giving it a whole new look.

We’ve taken everything we know about premium footwear and created a boot that is robust, refined, and works just has hard in the office as it does in the great outdoors.

Made with the same dedication to authenticity, quality and comfort, the Heritage Boot is our traditional 6-INCH BOOT wrapped in soft, brown leather. Constructed from premium cowhide, these durable boots are peppered with design details that look good and feel great.

Ready to take on slippery sidewalks and impress your date after dark, this handsome hybrid makes dressing for dinner during fall a no-brainer, and saves your slick (but totally impractical) shoes from getting demolished.

Tired of oiling your boots to keep the rain out and tide marks at bay? We’ve done the hard work for you. While the dark color helps disguise any stains, the leather uppers of our Heritage Boot are given a waterproof treatment during the tanning process. And when a serious storm hits, your feet will stay dry thanks to our iconic lug sole, which is permanently bonded to the top of the boot.

The padded collar means ankles are cushioned, whether you’re taking on the trail or the tarmac, and add a subtle contrast to the lighter body of the boot.

Dress yours down with well-worn denim and a flannel shirt for a contemporary take on classic Americana, or team with chinos for an outfit that’s laid-back yet well turned out.

As our Senior Footwear Product Director, Donald Desalvio, puts it: “Our goal was to make a boot that means you never have to compromise on style or substance. The Heritage Boot is durable, able to withstand anything Mother Nature throws at it, and is versatile enough for any occasion.”

Unshakable, strong and stylish - what more could you ask for this fall?

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