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Mumble Street Stories

Mumble Street Stories is a project my colleague and friend Gavin Mahaley and I began to adventure through the world with eyes wide open. It is a collection of interviews and portraits of interesting people we meet. It is a first person account, a primary source document. It is rich and it is a beautiful collection of stories. 

Mumble Street Stories is a project my colleague and friend Gavin Mahaley and I began because we like stories. It is a project of first person interviews and photographic portraits to collect and archive the people in our community - both locally and at large. We have focused on the public-at-large, immigrants, musicians and more but are trying to create a collective of portraits and stories of student loan holders.

We have a passion for meeting new people, exploring new places, and researching the world that surrounds us. We want to share our discoveries and these people with a wider audience through rich narratives, engaging portraits and memorable, personal stories. If you think you can help us please contact us - we are looking for support, guidance and above all people to tell us their story!

Please find Gavin or me at your convenience and we will be happy to schedule a meeting with you. 

If you are in Portland or near enough and want to participate please reach out to us. We will certainly make time for you, get your portrait, your story and make that connection. 

Thank you!

Kris

MumbleStreetStories.com


Gavin and I met some great people with Tony's Chocoloney in Portland. What began as a casual hello turned into a warm and inspiring story. Simply, their mission is to make 100% slave free chocolate. Tony's is making it their mission to make chocolate a delicious vehicle for changing the world and they are doing a great - and tasty - job at it. If you see this brand in your store buy one, buy two, buy a lot. Support positive change. And eat chocolate. You will feel better.  


Mumble Street Stories was at Make Music Day PDX in Sellwood Park. Thank you to all the musicians who stopped by and sat for the large format portrait!

Tony Guerrero of El Diablitos! stopped by our tent at Make Music Day PDX. Click below to listen to what he had to say and please excuse my awkwardness, I'm not an interviewer by trade!

Tony Guerrero of El Diablitos! stopped by our tent at Make Music Day PDX. Click below to listen to what he had to say and please excuse my awkwardness, I'm not an interviewer by trade!

We have audio from all those who came by our tent that accompany the 4x5 film portraits. Thanks to Matt Schenk, Chad Bandit, Noah Axe and baby Gillian, and Pam from El Diablitos too!!


Mumble Street Stories set up at a local farmer's market and was able to capture some interesting portraits. Thanks to all who came by and stopped to talk!

Special thanks to Suzanne Gall for stopping in and giving us such an honest and loving story. You can read it below. 

Special thanks to Suzanne Gall for stopping in and giving us such an honest and loving story. You can read it below. 

Warm evenings are spent on the front porch talking with my husband, trying to get privacy from two little girls who aren’t yet asleep. We talk about my diagnosis, treatment options and what my body will look like after all of the surgeries. My husband tells me anything is better than a gravestone. I listen to my neighbors laugh and wonder when that will be us again.

You can’t tell by looking at me that I have breast cancer. I am young and healthy, have no symptoms or lumps. I am not “at risk.” Medical literature said I could wait a few years before getting a mammogram. Fortunately, I decided to get one now.

That mammogram lead to an early diagnosis and saved my life. Unfortunately, my cancer has a risk of recurrence and is so widespread on the right side, I am saying goodbye to my 34 DDs.

I guess I am lucky because I don’t need chemo or radiation, and, most importantly, I get to live. Right now though, I am scared, angry and incredibly sad. I am trying to show my girls how to be brave and not ask, “Why me?” too many times. It’s hard though because I want off of this roller coaster ride more than anything. Since I don’t get that choice, I am holding on tight and relying on my friends and family. I’ll get through this, and I hear I will be stronger in the end. Right now though, this is tough.

Thank you to (top left to right) Gaudencio Felipe, Camilla Muldrow, Corey McAuliffe, Stephanie Arrayan, Katie DeNooyer and Youseff Hamzaoui. 

Keyla Angell contacted us and started us on the path of interviewing and photography immigrants in our area. Keyla had been in the US for barely two weeks when we met her. Her story of determination and love is inspiring. Thank you Keyla!

Keyla Angell contacted us and started us on the path of interviewing and photography immigrants in our area. Keyla had been in the US for barely two weeks when we met her. Her story of determination and love is inspiring. Thank you Keyla!