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Local photographer wants Astoria stories
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 29, 2017 12:01AM

Mitch Eckhardt moved to Astoria from Livingston, Texas, because he understandably “fell in love with its charming feel and beautiful scenery.” Now he wants to get to know Astoria, and Astorians, with his Tell Me Astoria project ( or @tellme.astoria).

“Most photographers shoot the gorgeous scenery around here, and I will too,” he wrote, “but I also want to photograph the people who were either born here, ended up here or chose to be here, just like me. The goal is to get to know this town from the people who are here year-round, not just visiting in the summertime. Although I’m not averse to including visitors in the project.

“I also hope that by getting to know those around us by reading their stories, we can be a part of sparking real relationships and get away from the cursory shallow conversations that we normally share with one another. The statement for this project is, ‘It’s hard to love people unless you get to know them.’

“So let’s get to know each other, love one another better, and make Astoria as beautiful to live in together, as it is to see from the eyes of those who visit for the first time. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!”

Interested? Email him at


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