I fell in love with the desert when I visited my dad last month. It’s beautiful. I was trying to put my finger on what I loved about it. I think what I loved is that it reminded me of home. Spokane lives on the edge of the high desert of Eastern Washington. For most of my life we drove through it to get to Portland and other destinations on the Western side of the state. Each time (even now), after passing through the lush, wet, greenery of the Westside, the dry, stark Eastside seemed like nothing. It’s home, though. And the climate feels like home, too.
The California/Arizona high desert is equally as stark, but there is a quiet, peaceful beauty to it.
Someday I will post more photos from my trip (if I ever develop the film). Today, I give you a photo of an abandoned mine from the ghost town, Oatman Arizona.
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Portra 160
Exposure time: 5 seconds
Today’s image is from the latest results of the Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap Project. This is one of those serendipitous film swap photos that make me remember why I love doing these. I am not very fond of this self portrait of me, but I am sharing it here because today I need the reminder to love myself. The odd thing about this photo is that I made a video at this exact time and shared it here on my blog, with a quote from Kendrick Lamar’s song, “I” (a song about loving oneself).
You can see the rest of the results from the swap here. And do let me know if you are interested in participating!
Camera: Terrapin 3d printed pinhole camera. Made by the fabulous Todd Schlemmer.
Film: Ektar 100
Inge shot her side in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I shot mine in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Here is something a little different: A non-pinhole photo! I recently bought an Olympus OM1 and it has become my favorite SLR. I will write a blog post about it soon, but for now here is a quick photo I took last month up at Mt. Tabor in Portland.
Geeky photo bits:
Camera: Olympus OM1
Lens: Standard 50mm lens that comes with these cameras
Film: Adox Silvermax 100
Develop: Adonal stand developed
Only with pinhole photography can you get these fantastic swirly colorful sunbeams. I love them so very very much. Someday, if I am lucky, I may even burn a black dot right in the middle of the sun. Someday.
Camera: Zero 2000
Exposure: 3 minutes.
It is a tree branch of some sort. I just don’t remember what I was taking a photo of. This was from my excursion two weekends ago at the Japanese Gardens with my Holga and a roll of black and white film. The back of my camera fell off right at the beginning of the roll so I wasn’t sure if anything would turn out. I did get a few good shots. I got a few weird shots. This is one of the weird ones. I like it though.
This was my first attempt at scanning medium format film on my scanner. It was kind of clunky. There was dust everywhere. The photos are all crooked and you can see the edges of the film. Some of them are reversed because I didn’t scan with the proper side down. I need more practice.