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Mark Dahle Portfolios


Mark Dahle Portfolios can be read in a few minutes and enjoyed for a lifetime.

Thought-provoking and beautiful, they feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.

Most portfolios include:
* a colorful abstract painting
* twenty or more beautiful photographs * a short story or commentary

Unlike many picture books, the text in most of the portfolios is unrelated to the paintings and photographs. This might seem a little weird at first. One thing that helps is to order more portfolios until you get used to it. Fortunately, space is provided on the pages for you to draw your own pictures of the text if you like.

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Check out the photography in the portfolios:

An Assignment From Hell
Any Pet I Wanted
Birdseed
Farmer Jane
Galfin's Very Clean Restaurant
Hungry
One Day's Encouragement
Race Day
Roger's Well
Teri's Renovation
The Boy Who Loved Monopoly
The Harvest
The Man Who Liked To Dream
The Ostrich Fart
Trip 21
When The Trolls Moved

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Trip21, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Trip 21 includes a colorful painting, twenty-six beautiful photographs of Venice, Italy, and a story about a time traveler on his twenty-first trip to the future.

Hyptrolysis always works.
He’ll think it was his own idea.
If he doesn’t make it back,
he’ll think it was his own fault.

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Commentary
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Birdseed, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Birdseed includes a beautiful painting; twenty-five outstanding photographs of railings in Long Beach, Washington, and docks in Warrenton, Oregon; and a biographical essay about a bad, bad bird.

What do you do with birds
that destroy the environment
for others?

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Commentary
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Cover of One Day's Encouragement, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

One Day's Encouragement includes a beautiful abstract painting, twenty-eight outstanding industrial photographs from Orlando, FL, and from the area around Columbus, OH, and a biographical essay titled One Day’s Encouragement.

Thank you to all
the coaches and leaders
shouting encouragement
to people doing their best.

Sometimes
one day’s encouragement
can make
a lifetime of difference.

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Children's Story
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Cover of When The Trolls Moved

When The Trolls Moved includes a gorgeous abstract painting, twenty-five beautiful photographs of construction in Basel, Switzerland, and a story about a group of trolls moving to Norway.

When the trolls moved,
they had to pass
through a large forest.

The trees and the trolls
kept bumping into each other.

It was no fault of the trees.

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Children's Story
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Cover of Any Pet I Wanted, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Any Pet I Wanted includes a colorful abstract painting, twenty-four beautiful photographs taken near train tracks in Grand Rapids, MI; Palm Springs, CA; and San Ysidro, CA, and a children’s story, Any Pet I Wanted.

Mom and Dad said
I could have a pet.
Any pet I wanted.

My Mom was hoping
for a lop-eared bunny.
My Dad was thinking
of an English sheep dog.
I wanted a dragon.

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Children's Story
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Cover of The Ostrich Fart, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

The Ostrich Fart includes a gorgeous painting, twenty-five beautiful photographs of vehicles, and a children’s story that may offend some people because it has an excessive amount of poo. But really, if people can’t tell from the title what the book will be like, who can help them?

Fortunately, the story is not likely to offend first grade boys, for whom it is written. It has no redeeming virtues that the author knows of, except for the photos of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

 

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Story For Adults
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Cover of An Assignment From Hell, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

An Assignment From Hell includes a gorgeous painting, twenty-six beautiful photographs of electric distribution, and a story about America’s wealth.

When you’re in hell,
you don’t want
to be called
into the boss’s office.

No matter how it goes,
you always know
that no good will come of it.

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Story For Adults
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Cover of Farmer Jane, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Farmer Jane includes a beautiful painting, twenty-five gorgeous photographs from the Netherlands, and a story about Farmer Jane.

Jane didn’t know that farmers have troubles.

But she was about to discover
how many troubles they have.

 

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Story For Adults
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Cover of Galfin's Restaurant, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Galfin's Restaurant includes a painting, twenty-five gorgeous photographs from Zaandijk and Koog aan de Zaan in the Netherlands, and a story about Galfin’s very clean restaurant. The restaurant had one small problem: Nobody was at the cash register.

Bill entered the restaurant,
got behind Judy in line
and hollered, “Hey,
does anybody work here?”

He was in a hurry.
He wanted some food. Fast.

Luckily, you never forget what’s important. Right?

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Story For Adults
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cover of Hungry, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Hungry includes a beautiful painting from Mark Dahle’s Stop and Go series, twenty-five outstanding photographs from Amsterdam and San Diego, and the mouth-watering story of a hungry girl on Thanksgiving Day

For some reason,
even though Sally is hungry,
she doesn’t believe
the call is for her,
at least not right now.

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Story For Adults
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Cover of Race Day, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Race Day includes a beautiful painting, twenty-five outstanding industrial photographs from Minneapolis, and a story about a man going on a race (but picking up things to carry from the people around him).

What (if it’s not too impolite to ask),
what are you carrying?

 

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Story For Adults
Available December 2013

Cover of Roger's Well, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Roger's Well includes a beautiful painting, twenty-six outstanding photographs, mainly from Minneapolis, and a story about an exhausted man digging a well.

His well had a turn-crank
at the top of it
and a bucket with a long rope
and a roof over it.

But the bucket
just went down
to bedrock.
Not water.

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Story For Adults
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Cover of Teri's Renovation, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

Teri's Renovation includes a painting, twenty-five beautiful industrial photos of New York, and a story about the renovation of Terry’s house (which was a nightmare).

The contractor is an honest guy, so I’m certain he told Teri
all the details,
or at least some of them,
at least in general.
But maybe she wasn’t listening.

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Story For Adults
Available in 2013

Cover of The Boy Who Loved Monopoly, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

The Boy Who Loved Monopoly includes a colorful painting, twenty-seven beautiful photographs of Venice, Italy, and a story about a boy who loved to play Monopoly. One day the boy received $250,000 as an inheritance.

You probably haven’t inherited any money this week.
But you’ve got lots of gifts
and lots of things that you’re good at –
or could be,
after you get more practice.
What will
you do
with all the gifts that
you have?

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Story For Adults
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Cover of The Harvest, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

The Harvest includes a beautiful painting, twenty-five outstanding photos of Seville and Segovia, Spain, and a story about a farmer who couldn’t get any crops to grow, no matter what he planted.

“I’m sick of top-quality seeds that don’t work.
I’m sick of fairly easy seeds that don’t work.
Do you have any bad seeds?”

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Story For Adults
Available in 2013

Cover of The Man Who Liked To Dream, a Mark Dahle Portfolio

The Man Who Liked To Dream includes a painting, twenty-five beautiful industrial photographs of Redding, CA, and three very short commentaries: The Man Who Liked To Dream, Hiking To The Middle, and Disappointment.

Once there was a man
who had everything he wanted
all planned out.
He could picture it
when he closed his eyes.
So that’s what he did.
He lay down on his bed
and closed his eyes
every chance he could.

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