Dispatches from a shy street photographer – Post Alley

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Here is a photo from Seattle. This is Post Alley, otherwise known as the Gum Wall. So yeah, on the walls on either side of this romantic-looking couple are layers and layers of germs and bacteria. (eww)

 


Geeky bits

Camera: Canon EOS 650
Film: Fuji Neopan 400
Develop in Kodak D-76

A pinhole view of Seattle’s Gum Wall

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The iconic Gum Wall of Seattle is being cleaned today so I thought, in it’s honor, I would re-post a blog I wrote at Pinhole Obscura a couple of years ago. Enjoy!

The Gum Wall in Seattle

Exposure time: 1 min 35 sec.

The Gum Wall of Seattle. This is, at once   disgusting and captivating. According to Wikipedia it started in the early nineties when theater patrons stuck gum to the wall of Post Alley and placed coins in the gum blobs. Why they did this is unknown. But the tradition carried on (sans coins) and now the walls of the alley are covered in used gum blobs and it is passed off as “collective art.”

Is it art? I think it is. There is something about the collective nature of it that I find completely fascinating. It is repulsive but it is also colorful and pretty in its weird way. And it smells good too! The entire alley smells of sugary sweetness.

The Gum Wall in Seattle

Exposure time: 1 min. 35 sec.

Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Ektar 100
Pinhole: 0.18mm
Focal Length: 25mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f138
Dev: C-41 by Lab
Scan:Epson V500

Weekly photo challenge – layers

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Don't forget to floss

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?