Sunday, August 17, 2014

I took this photo with my Polaroid Land Camera...on the beach. How do people get good beach photos with film cameras? Or with any camera, for that matter? I saw a few people with DSLR's and iPhones, and I thought they were crazy. Anyway, after cleaning a startling amount of sand out of my camera, I realized that it's a hassle to take photos. Would it be better to just leave the camera at home? (I don't think I could, honestly.) But sometimes I'd like to put it away for a while. Just experience life as much as possible, without trying to "capture" it. It's an illusion, anyway. Do we owe it to our children to provide visual evidence of their childhoods? Or do we water down our actual memories by taking so many photos, which in turn tend to modify the original experience?

All I know for sure is that my photos rarely reflect the reality of the moment. (I know, Ducky, no photo is reality...) But I tend to crop out a lot of visual noise, creating a MUCH calmer vision. I think I do this to create what I want to see. Kristopher Matheson and I had a discussion about this once, and I'm still not sure if I understand it all. Maybe our intentions vary, and maybe we won't fully realize those intentions until much later.

Anyway, the above photo is fairly close to what I was seeing. I have a mild obsession with horizons, and I think I could spend the better part of a week photographing the ocean. It's very soothing to me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

(for Z)

I love going down this road. I never drive it out of necessity. 
I especially like it in May and June when the honeysuckle is blooming. 
We roll the windows down and go slow.

It's weird how something can bring about happiness and sadness simultaneously.
I think it's the awareness of change.

Kodak TMax 400, Nikon FG,  D76 1:1 x 9.45 minutes
I like this film. So far it's my favorite BW.
I'd like to give caffenol another try soon.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vacation, color film, and I feel kinda monochrome...

I think I would like my next vacation to be somewhere outside of Texas.
Thing is, when you live in a state this big, that's a chore. 
We drove 11 hours this time. 

We were still in Texas. 

11 hours

Anyway, this lady was sitting outside of a bar, waiting for her friends to join her. 
We were waiting to be seated at a restaurant. 
I asked for a photo. 
She obliged. 
Then she blinked. 
But I like it, even so.

South Padre Island, TX
I think I'll leave my cameras at home next time.
Cameras and sand don't mix well.

And this is my second time to develop color negative film at home.
Odd results.
Fujicolor Superia X-tra 400, that was in the bottom of a camera bag that I bought at a thrift store.
Nikon FG, which I like quite a bit, but the manual focus is not quite as easy as it once was.