Some photographers are attracted to cooling towers. Some are drawn to pets or twins. For Dave Potter it's used condoms.
I've known Dave as part of the Portland Grid Project for several years now. We all shoot the same grid square every month. But somehow he finds condoms and the rest of us don't. Believe me, it's not for lack of trying. If I saw something as intriguing as a used condom I would shoot it. But I never find them. But Dave is like old faithful. If there's a used condom discarded in the gutter in a certain part of town, you can count on him finding it and shooting it.
The most recent grid was especially rich in material. It's a noisy, dark, industrial part of the city. Good for discreet protected sex. In a gravel parking lot near the airport, Dave found roughly 15 used condoms over the course of November. They came in all postures, colors, sizes, and degrees of decay. If only these rubbers could talk. Imagine the stories they would tell!
Dave must have several hundred photos by now of various rubbers meeting the road, but I don't think anyone outside the grid project has seen them. What follows is a brief sampling.