Life and Music Are On My Mind

Life, Photography

My birthday is on Sunday, and I’m getting old. I can’t think of a better theme for this post than a graveyard. 😉

All kidding aside, this is the only photography I have to offer this blog at the moment. My photo mojo has waned a little this year. This is from the roll of Holga shots I took when I went on the photo meetup in January. My plan was to shoot portraits with my Holga, which I did. But they didn’t come out great. I may post them next week and talk a little bit more about it. In the meantime, here are a couple moody shots of the graveyard from that day.
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Lone Fir Cemetery

A little story:
About an hour ago I was talking to a former coworker who has retired. She’d just learned, from another co-worker, that my birthday was this weekend and asked how old I will be. I gulped and said it out loud: “49. I’ll be 49.” And holy shit. It was hard to say that number  (It’s hard for me  to type that number). I told her that it was difficult to face the fact that I am in my last year of my 40s. She just kind of smiled and said, “you’ll get over it soon.” And she had a look of wisdom in her eyes.

When I walked out of the library for my walk this was the first song that popped up on my iTunes. An odd bit of synchronicity. 🙂

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Holga Halloween

Photography

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I took my Holga out for a little Halloween adventure at the end of last year.

I was looking at my Flickr photos and realized I’ve posted everything recent. Soooo, I guess that means I need to do some developing and scanning this weekend!

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Halloween

Celtic Spirit Yoga

Photography

I’m feeling enamored, lately, with my Holga. I’m thinking about taking it with me on our trip to England later this year to use specifically for portraits of my pinhole buddies from around the world. I’m am generally too shy for portrait photography but  I’m feeling a big need to break out of my comfort zone. I took the Holga  with me on a little pinhole meetup on Sunday as a test run and, of course, everyone was very willing and happy to be subjects. I am planning on developing the film from that this weekend and am looking forward to the results.

Today I have Holga photos for you of a place in my small town, Sandy, Oregon, of the historical little white church. This building has played a prominate role in my life this week so I felt like these photos were appropriate. Unfortunately I can’t really publically post any details about why it’s been important at the moment, but hopefully in the near future.

I love this building. It was purchased by an Irish woman who has turned it into a wonderful little yoga studio called “Celtic Spirit Yoga.” The inside of the building is warm and wonderful and has such a sweet, beautiful energy.

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Holga 120GTLR and Illford FP4

The little white church

Holga 120N and Kodak Tri-x

F Up Friday

Photography

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Some of my film photography friends on Twitter have posted some of their favorite messed up shots on Fridays and I thought I’d join in the fun. I’m going to use this post as a jumping off point to post more Holga shots in the near future.

For some reason my Holga often ends up in bulb mode and then half the roll ends up all blurry. Which is what happened with these two shots at the end a roll. They were both taken around my small town.

I used a Holga 120GFN and mystery film.

Blurry Joes

Reflection

Life, Photography

Still working my way through those One Pinhole A Day photos. Here is December 14. I took this while eating lunch at my regular lunch hangout. I was probably eating my usual: grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Here are some random things going on in my head this week:

  • Somehow, over the weekend, I found myself deep in a pretty bad depression. I am finally coming out of it, but wow. It wasn’t fun. I think I am feeling very overwhelmed with the world lately and everything hit me the wrong way.
  • During this episode I was having insomnia and I took melatonin to help me sleep. This was a very bad idea. It made me super sleepy and drowsy, even after having 9 hours of sleep. And it kind of made the depression more difficult to work through (mostly because I was so tired).
  • I was curious about melatonin so I did some research and found some really interesting articles about it, especially this one in the NYT (thanks to Inge!).
  • In my research I found out how to use melatonin to combat jet lag.
  • I also found this quiz to help you figure out what kind of sleeper you are.  I “found out” that I am a “strong morning” person (I already knew this). But it was really cool to read about this and how my body naturally readies itself for bed at a particular time. I always thought this was something I trained myself to do but it looks like it’s more biological. Interesting stuff! The article also talks about using chronotherapy as a treatment for depression.
  • Totally unrelated to sleep, I read this blog post today about right action during troubled times and it made me feel a bit better.

About the photo:

It was made with a Holga WPC and Lomochrome Purple film.