In late August I was on a meetup with some of my pinhole photography buddies and we found ourselves at Blue Moon Camera And Machine. Somehow, I ended up with a Woodblak camera. It’s a beautiful camera, carved from a single piece of wood and made locally in Portland by Kurt Mottweiler. So, honestly, it wasn’t a hard sell.
A couple of days after I bought it he had a sale on his website, so he very graciously offered to outfit my new beauty with a leather strap. I said yes, of course. I paid a visit to his studio (which was amazing) and we had a nice chat while he added the strap.
Here are a few photos taken with this camera. These are only the first roll shot through the camera, and I used Illford FP4. I wanted to shoot black and white because I generally don’t get my color developed until I have a enough saved up to make it worthwhile to either make the trip into Portland or buy some developer and do it myself. I like the shots a lot! I have two rolls of color in my queue and I can’t wait to see how they came out.
The camera is a dream to use. If you are interested in learning more about these cameras, or what else Kurt is up to, you can visit his website here.
I woke up with the most depressing song with the most depressing and sad lyrics earwormed in my brain. I was desperate for something to replace it. Then this song played and I was happy. I heart Willie Nelson.
Almost exactly 3 years ago I wrote about the book “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.” I got through a lot of the author’s de-cluttering steps, hitting a wall when I got to the “papers” stage. This past year, I tried it again, rereading her original book and also reading her sequel. Again, I was really gung-ho when I finished both books and de-cluttered my clothes but haven’t really moved on from there.
In the three years since I started this process I have experienced regret, and it sucks. I mostly regret getting rid of certain books. In fact, I actually bought back two books I previously gave away to the Friends Of The Library book sale, and I am actively keeping an eye out for another book that I regret giving away. I have had this same kind of regret over clothes, and I have repurchased certain items that I decided that I needed to have again. And the items weren’t cheap!
So this is the problem I am having with the KonMari method. Regret.
I think the problem for me is that this method is based on asking yourself the question, “Does this spark joy?” when you decide whether or not to get rid of an item. Joy is a very tenuous emotion and it’s hard to even know what joy is. And I think this is especially hard for someone like me, who is ultra sensitive and experiences a wide range of emotions in any give day. I think I am only very recently understanding what joy really is.
I think deciding what to keep and what to discard on something as tenuous and hard to pin down as joy is a fallacy. I think it’s better to use the rational mind when de-cluttering. Though, I am still trying to figure out how to do this. I want to tackle the clutter in my home, but I need to find a way to do it that works for me.
Have you undergone this process? What has worked for you? Do you know of any alternatives to the KonMari method?
I’m still hunting around for those old door photos I referred to in my last Thursday Doors post. In the meantime, here is another from my Holga. This is the old historic house next door to the white church. It was recently for sale. I had dreams of buying it and turning it into an art supply store. Someone else bought it though.