Newspace 

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I learned on Friday that Newspace Center For Photography closed permanently. It was all of a sudden with no warning at all. I am still gutted whenever I think about it. It was a big part of my routine when I went to Portland. Drop my husband off at work. go to Newspace and print for an hour. And now it’s gone. I still can hardly believe it. I had to drive by on Monday to see if it was true, and, alas, there is a big “For Lease” sign in the window. I didn’t have a heart to take a photo of that. It just made me too sad.

Newspace ¬†has played such an big role in my creative development. It was where I learned how to develop film. It was where I was introduced to pinhole photography. I have spent hours in their darkroom. I have used their studio and their high quality scanners. I have felt so much gratitude that I had access to all of this. I have bragged about them to others and taken out of town visitors there to show them around the place. I’ve taken classes there. I enjoyed the amazing artwork that graced the walls.

I am feeling at a loss and so very empty. It feels like a good friend has died. All of this can never be replaced. I think the community can cobble together things like a community darkroom, but to have all of these things in one place was an amazing treasure that I took for granted. And now it’s gone.

Here are some photos I took there over the years. Some are pinhole, some are iPhone snaps.

 

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I hear the train a comin,’ It’s rolling round the bend, And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when

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My next series of pinhole shots come from a meetup of the Seattle Camera Obscura Photography Enthusiasts Society in Chehalis at the train museum. I took a crazy amount of shots that day: three rolls of film! That is a lot for me. Here are a few from the roll of Acros 100. I used my Ondu MKii for these.

It's comin' round the bend

I hear a train a comin'

Chehalis

No Parking

And here is a video of an amazingly talented woman singing Folsom Prison Blues in her backyard:

This is Caroline Hecht. She played at the Sandy Library a couple of years ago and she is amazing. I highly recommend her album, Swallowed by Swells.

Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?

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I have 4 versions of this song on my iTunes but i think this is my favorite.

The Fleetwood Mac version just popped up on my iTunes though. I feel like it resonates with how I’ve been felling lately about the passing of time and aging and that terrifying feeling of it all.

Hey now now, we’re goin’ down down And we ride the bus there and pay the bus fare

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“Hey Now Now” by The Cloud Room played on my iTunes on my walk home so I thought I’d share for today’s “song of the day” post. I think this is one of my all time favorite songs.

Here comes the rain again Falling on my head like a memory Falling on my head like a new emotion

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Yesterday I woke up to a very sunny, beautiful day. As I was packing up my backpack for work I briefly thought about taking my raincoat out. “I don’t need this today, it’s sunny and nice,” I thought. And then I remembered that I live in Oregon so I left it in my bag. Guess what happened later that evening before I walked home? Yep. It rained. I’m glad I listened to my gut. It was still raining on my walk to work this morning and this song came up on my iTunes. I had to smile to myself.