My brainz are full of fog today so we are pulling a Flickr Time Machine post out of the hat. This photo was taken on this day in 2010. It is a photo of Mt. Hood reflected in Trillium Lake (one of my favorite places to photograph). I had just purchased the new iPod touch (the one with a camera) and was going a little nuts with Hipstamatic. I have since moved on to an iPhone but I have to admit, I loved using that iPod at the time. I loved that it was always there with me in my pocket. Way easier to carry than my big-old slr.
Also: :looks at calendar and realizes: that TODAY is my three year anniversary of moving to Oregon!
No deep thoughts running through my head today. Instead, here is an episode of Flickr Time Machine! This was not taken on October 4th. It was actually taken on October 2nd, 2008. However, I saw this photo and it triggered memories of the last Presidential Election. I took this photo on my way to the car at work. The library I worked at has beautiful, colorful trees in the fall and I took every opportunity to photograph them. I was anxious to get home that evening to watch the presidential debate between Obama and McCain, and that is what I was thinking about when I took this.
Presidential debates are upon us again and, four years later, feel anxious. I don’t want a repeat of the Bush years.
This photo was taken on this day in 2008 in the backyard of the house we still own in Spokane. The flickr caption states that I was learning how to use my new camera, a Pentax K10d. I beat myself up in the tags. I said that this was a crap photo. How mean of me to say that to myself! geez. I need to work on not beating myself up. This has always been a problem of mine and the reason why I have never been successful in any creative endeavor. Well, successful in the perfectionist way I envision success to be. I hold myself up to high standards, standards that I will never meet. And when I realize this I give up. This is why, the past few years, I have “given myself permission to produce crap.” This simple declaration has really freed me up and helped me explore my creative side.
Looking at this now I realize that it isn’t crap at all! It’s kind of a nice photo, in fact. Not the greatest thing ever produced, but there is some potential there. right? I have always had an interest in exploring details as a subject in my photography. I think this photo demonstrates that a little.
I heard a song this morning (Satellites by Parts and Labor) that reminded of Spokane. It reminded me of that really cold, dark, sad time of winter. It made me think of the conversation I had with my husband yesterday about Spokane. When we lived there all we wanted to do was get out and when we reminisce about our time there the conversation usually leans toward, “God, I am so glad we got out of there.” Yesterday’s conversation was different though. We thought about all of the good things Spokane gave us:
- It gave Raf a really good friendship and work relationship (he helped start a small press with our former landlord there).
- I got to spend a good 4 years with my step-dad before he died.
- I got hooked in with the Spokane! Flickr group which introduced me to a group of really great photographer friends and also reignited my interest in photography. I think about that and I am so grateful for it! Photography is one of my greatest joys and I am so happy that I have it as an outlet for my creativity.
So, in short, Spokane was not all bad. In fact, it wasn’t bad at all. The good things that came out of living there (because if we hadn’t moved there none of these good things would have happened) make the cold, dark, sad time of winter worth every minute.
This one is from August 9 2009. I was still living in Spokane. I went for a walk around Tubbs Hill in Coeur ‘Alene with my dad and step mom. I think I’d applied for the job I currently have but hadn’t yet been asked to interview. I remember talking to my dad and step-mom about my current read: The Hunger Games.
It is weird to think back on this time. I was on the cusp of huge change and exciting, and tragic, things were on the horizon.
It’s the Flickr Time Machine! This time we are going back to 2009. And it isn’t July 13th. It is July 14th. But check this out!! I STILL haven’t used this film. I don’t know why. I am afraid of it. I am afraid I will mess it up. SIGH.
I think this photo marks the beginning of my current interest in film photography. I found this old camera in my “things” and it piqued my curiosity. It was given to me when I was very young, I’m thinking 8 or 9 years old. My mom’s uncle gave it to me. I totally cherished it. It came in its original box which I stored with all my favorite things. I would get it out and look at it every now and then. I found it again at my mom’s house when I lived in Spokane and it led to me going as far as buying film for it. I even did research to see if I could get it developed and that is how I discovered the existence of Blue Moon Camera And Machine! It turns out (and I had NO IDEA at the time) that in 2012 I would spend lots of money there getting medium format film developed.
Speaking of which, I have a crap-ton of film in the mail to me (from Blue Moon!). I will scan it as soon as it arrives. Probably tomorrow.
Also: Look at that! I bought Portra 160! I SO fucking need to shoot that roll of film already!!
And: Look! I blogged about it way back when!