Pat Rose is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work includes landscape, street, portrait and botanical photography. She is a retired teacher of English as a Second Language who has taught in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as in Austin, Texas, and most recently at Portland State University. After picking up her first digital camera a few years before her retirement about a decade ago, she quickly developed many photographic interests. Landscape and street photography appeal to her love of wandering and exploring new places, while her interest in portraiture stems from a desire to work collaboratively with her subjects. In late February 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was gaining traction in the world and just starting to spread in the US, she began exploring the genre of scanner photography, an alternative form of photography involving the use of a flatbed scanner rather than a conventional camera to make digital images. This kind of work seemed an excellent way to continue her creative efforts as she started practicing self-isolation at home during the growing pandemic. For her scanned images she has been using flowers and other botanical specimens to create "virtual" bouquets as a celebration of the beauty and grace still to be found in the world during these troubled times.
Pat has shown her work in a number of group exhibitions in galleries across the country. In Oregon, her photography has been juried into exhibitions at the LightBox Gallery
in Astoria and the Black Box Gallery
in Portland, and her Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest
series was juried into the 2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. Her work has also been juried into exhibitions in the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, the SE Center for Photography
in Greenville, South Carolina, and PhotoPlace Gallery
in Middlebury, Vermont, among others. In addition, one of her landscapes graces the cover of the 2016 edition of The Creaky Knees Guide, Oregon
published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle. Another of her landscape photographs appears in the 2017 German edition of the National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States
, a travel guide published by NG Buchverlag GmbH in Munich.
Pat has received several awards for her photography. Her landscape image titled Enchanted Forest
was selected for the Juror's First Award at the 2017 Nature's Way
exhibition at the LightBox Gallery in Oregon, and the image won the Grand Prize in The American Landscape 2021 Photo Contest
presented by Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Her portrait titled Sophia With Roses
won a Director's Honorable Mention in the 2020 Portraits
exhibition at the A Smith Gallery
in Texas, and the image won Second Place in The Face, 2020 Portrait Photo Contest
presented by Digital Photo Pro Magazine
. Her cityscape image titled Random Chaos
won a Director's Honorable Mention in the 2020 Vistas
exhibition at the A Smith Gallery in Texas. And her botanical image titled Still Life with Roses & Raffia
won an Honorable Mention in the Still Life Amateur category in The 14th Annual International Color Awards.
Pat also writes about photography for Oregon ArtsWatch
, an online magazine about culture and the arts in the Pacific Northwest. Much of her photography and her CV can be found on her website.