Tag Archives: black and white

Weekly photo challenge – layers

Don't forget to floss
So many layers of ick.

This week the WordPress Weekly Challenge theme is layers. Here is what Sara had to say about the subject:

Layers. Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer doesn’t have to be a part of a single object but can even be a slice of a multifaceted image or scene.

As I combed through my Flickr archive I realized this photo would be perfect for this challenge. This is the Gum Wall of Seattle, Washington ( I wrote a bit about it on Pinhole Obscura).Sometime in the nineties bored theater patrons waiting in line started sticking their gum to the outside walls in the alley. Eventually it became a thing and the phenomenon that it is today.

The gum wall is oddly mesmerizing. It’s disgusting, no doubt. But there is something fascinating about the collaborative effort.

This photo was taken with my Canon EOS 650 and Fuji Neopan 400. I am down to one last roll of this wonderful film. I am kind of thinking I might switch to something else for awhile. What is your favorite black and white film?


The thin time of year


Saturday’s blog post left me with all sorts of emotions and weirdness. I need to get it off of my home screen. I am not in the mood to write lately so here is a photo for you. I took this at Portland’s Japanese Gardens a few weeks ago.

I’ve been doing very well with my goal of shooting a roll of black and white film a week and developing it. This particular roll is the discontinued Fuji Neopan 400.

Post Alley

Post Alley

I didn’t want more than a week to go by before I posted on my blog again. And here I promised a health update on Sundays! ugh. I have a lot to write about but am lacking motivation at the moment. My mind has been been really focused on photography lately. Here is a photo I took on our trip to Seattle of Post Alley. Specifically, this is the infamous gum wall. This was the first of a few Atlas Obscura stops we made on our trip. I wrote about this one on Pinhole Obscura if you are interested in my pinhole shots from that excursion.

For the shots on my trip I used a yellow filter to see if it would give my photos a little more contrast. I really like the results! It is very subtle but works.

Vancouver, B.C.

First ride

A bicycle
For the first
Time on a
Street In
I put my feet
On the
My body knew
What to Do
Instinctively. My legs
Pushed the
Pedals one at
A time. Down and up and
up and down.
Before I knew it I was
riding down the rocky road faster
And faster and then I was
released into the wild streets, left to ride
Under the cool green canopy
Of the neighborhood