My friend shared this link with me today on Facebook and immediately the wheels in my head started turning. A few hours earlier I was thinking about the days when we used to write letters to each other and now those days are over. It’s kind of sad. Our words to each other only exist in the digital world which is fleeting and tenuous. If you haven’t clicked the link yet, let me tell you what this is and what I am proposing. Jai Tanju started a print exchange with his buddies and it blew up into something incredible. You can see his blog here.
I love this idea. You might have figured this out about me by now: I love the tangible. I love making things and holding tangible things in my hands. So I love this idea to pieces. And I want to exchange photography with you! This will be a good excuse to get into the darkroom because that is what I am planning to send. But you don’t have to do that! You can send whatever you want! There are no rules, as far as I am concerned. Are you interested? If so fill out the form in this post and lets exchange photos! Let’s make the mail fun again!
There have been some friends on Twitter and Facebook who have shown interest (if we’ve already chatted about this don’t worry about filling out the form). So I am thinking it might be fun to figure out how to collaborate on this. Let me think about this for a day or so and I might come back for a part 2 on this blog post…
It was suggested that before I write off the Electro 35 I should try a roll of color film. So I followed the advice. The next weekend I loaded my favorite cheap drugstore film (Fuji Superia) in it and wandered around the Edgefield. It was a beautiful autumn day and a great opportunity to play cameras. I had a wonderful day shooting the roll, along with some pinhole, and when I was done I dropped it off at the Walgreens. I had it back in an hour. When I picked up my negatives the Walgreen’s “Photo Expert” was impressed! He said that there were some good shots on there. I was so incredibly thrilled to have finally impressed the Walgreen’s “Photo Expert” and I couldn’t wait to go home and see what had impressed him so.
Inside the Red Shed
The Red Shed
I think it’ll do.
I loaded it with my favorite film yesterday, Portra 160. I can’t wait to see what this lens and that film make together.
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?
Today is my Favorite Person’s birthday! I am so glad he was born. He fills my heart and my life with love. Which is good, because all of the overflowing love is spread out to the rest of the world. ‘Cause that’s how love works. He makes my life interesting and I am honored to have him as a partner.
Rafael took this photo with the Holga Pinhole camera while we were on vacation in Seattle. It is another view of this sculpture from the Olympic Sculpture Garden. I saw this photo on my computer this morning and was so stoked that I had to share it with you (with his permission). I think he might be catching the Pinhole Bug, as well!
I am completely fascinated by portrait photography. When I look at a portrait I often wonder what the person’s story is, what are they thinking when the photo is being snapped. I have come to believe that portraits are a reflection of the photographer, in many ways. A portrait almost says more about the person taking the photo than the person themselves. Or maybe it says something about the story between the photographer and the subject. Maybe? I haven’t quite worked out what I think about all of this, but you can see that portrait photography makes me think.
For the past couple of years I have been very inspired by some talented photographer friends (Josh and Brendan, I’m looking at you). It’s been really fun to watch their portrait projects take shape as they both have developed their style. It has made me want to try it myself. I am kind of shy though, so it’s been hard for me to begin. It’s very, very difficult for me to ask people if I can take their portrait. My experience so far has been with people asking me to take their portrait first, and not the other way around. With this last roll of film I thought I would step a little bit out of my comfort zone. Last week my husband and I visited his family in California for his mom’s 70th birthday and I thought this would be a wonderful time to capture his family on film. Lucky for me, they were very happy to oblige!
As I mentioned, I am fascinated by what the person might be thinking when their picture is snapped. So when I take someone’s picture I often ask them to think about something that makes them very happy. I don’t ask them what they were thinking, that’s between themselves and their own brain. But It’s nice to see their happy expression. Sometimes I am a little too shy to ask this because I don’t know what the person will think about such a personal question.
I think it’s a little easier to ask children than adults.
Sophia in the lavendar.
I love this photo of Sophia because it was her idea!
I had a lot of fun with this. I hope I can get over my shyness and try again soon. I think I really like taking photos of kids the best. I love their expressions. I am trying to decide what my style is – I think I like getting in close and focusing in on the face and the eyes the best. I need to play more, though, to really figure it all out.
These were shot using my Canon EOS 650 on Fuji Neopan 400.