Library ghost


This morning I was inspired to bring my pinhole camera to work to re-shoot my “library ghost” photo. The original didn’t come out exactly as I wanted. Plus, now I’m walking around with a cane. I have props! So I dressed myself in black, found a lace poncho thing in my office that I thought might add to the drama, and set up my pinhole camera.

Processed with RNI Films. Preset ‘Kodak TriX 200’

I exposed the shutter, and stood in front of the camera for 1 minute 30 seconds.

As I stood there, posing in the aisle, I heard some whispering in the next aisle. I assumed  that it was our volunteer, searching for books and whispering to herself. I thought to myself, “please, please, please, don’t wander over here while I’m doing this.” I didn’t want to have to explain what I was doing.

Thankfully, the very long minute and a half ended and I wandered around the stacks with my camera to see if I could find the volunteer, to see where she was.


I either heard the whispering in my head or it was the library ghost.

Pinhole in the Library: Cleaning Up


This is the last of my series of Pinhole In the Library photos, the final image that I had printed for the library’s art wall. This was another one from my “One Pinhole A Day” project from last year. I wanted to pinhole myself cleaning up after storytime, curious as to how all of the movement would look as a pinhole image. I liked the result!

Geeky Bits:
Camera: Ondu MK2 6×6
Film: Portra 160
Exposure Time: 1 minute 33 seconds

As I type this my muscles are aching. It’s winter and I’ve been running early in the morning in the dark. On Wednesday I was trucking along gleefully when I tripped and very dramatically landed and skidded on the sidewalk. I laid on my back and stared up into the stars as I regained my composure. When that happened, I sat up and looked myself over. I wasn’t bleeding. So I got up and finished my run. But my muscles have been achy ever since. And then this morning I was running (after the sun had risen) in the cold. I slipped on some ice and my leg muscle cramped from the act of bracing myself for a fall, which I didn’t do (thank goodness). So this evening I am sitting here feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck and realizing I should just run on the treadmill until winter is over.
With all of that in mind, here is the musical soundtrack to this post. Which really is more about the video.

A photo and some rambling thoughts


First, more pinhole in the library!


This is one of the photos I printed to have hanging in the library this month. The photos were hung the other day and it was really awesome to come to work to find my photos the ones featured on our art wall. Kind of surreal, actually. In an wonderful way. đŸ™‚

Now for the musical soundtrack for this post. Honestly, this should be a different blog post because the song has nothing at all to do with the photo. The only reason I’m posting it is because it’s been an earworm for me the past couple of days. I woke up crying yesterday with this song stuck in my head after a dream in which David Bowie made an appearance. I am not sure what it was all about but it did leave me feeling sad and foggy brained all day yesterday. I am feeling much happier today but have been thinking about what was going on in my head yesterday. I realized that this week (a couple of days ago) marks the 8 year anniversary of my stepfather’s death, so I think there has been some sadness seeping through. Which is totally fine. As I was on the elliptical machine today I thought: you know, I hope I never stop feeling sadness for those that I love who have passed on. They deserve to be remembered and missed.

And now the song. It’s a great song.

Geeky Bits
Camera: Holga PC
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure Time: 7 minutes



Today’s image was made last year during my One Pinhole A Day project. It is a very long exposure, in which I placed the camera on the book truck and exposed the film while the books piled up on the cart as I weeded them. I think it’s kind of a fun look into one of the more mundane librarian tasks. I liked the image so much that I made a print of it and will hang it in my little “mini show” at the library.

OK, so I couldn’t think of a song to go with this photo. So I did a search for “Songs about libraries” and I found this great list from New York Public Library. Lo and Behold! There is a song about libraries by a band called Camera Obscura!!! I’ve never heard this song, and I don’t know what this band is like but It’s kismet. It’s going on the blog.



Geeky Bits:

Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Kodak Ektachrome, cross processed
Exposure time: 16 minutes





Today’s image was made with my Zero 45, again, during my Sheet A Day project a few years ago. I was setting up for storytime at our other library up the highway on Mt Hood. The library there has since moved and reinvented itself into a nice new building! And I no longer do storytime there.


For some reason this song feels appropriate. It popped up during my run today and then It popped up again in my Facebook “On This Day” feed for today. So maybe the Universe is trying to tell me something!

Happy Friday, y’all!