Personal: Desert Film & A Goodbye


In case you were wondering, this is what photos look like when the shutter on a really old 35mm camera stops working. 

I've had this camera, a Minolta X-700, since I rescued it from the back of my parents' closet long, long ago. Over the years, whenever I traveled anywhere wonderful I brought it along. It was my tool of choice to document my travels and what I felt during some of the most interesting and challenging experiences of my life.  My means to a personal, visual journal. In more recent years, I've had the option of documenting with very nice digital equipment acquired for professional shooting, yet I've continued preferring my film camera almost exclusively when traveling.  Many of these visual journal entries were documented during times I traveled alone and hadn't spoken (English, at least) to anyone in a few days. Sometimes I was enraptured with something beautiful and tried to capture that, other times I was upset and taking photos was my way of processing and making things right with the world, my therapy of sorts. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, this tool I've found so wonderful and beneficial recently broke. Also unfortunately, I learned that it's almost as expensive to repair a 35mm camera as it is to buy a new one, so this tool I've shared more travels with than any person I know is permanently retired.




But enough of the eulogy. 

Here's a bit about this specific group of photos. After a really beautiful trip to California with my friends the Manchiks for New Years (including many adventures, but one I was especially most excited to capture-- Joshua Tree National Park), I gathered the many rolls of travel film I'd accumulated. Some were weeks old, others months old, a couple were even a few years old that had unearthed themselves after my move across the country. 

I dropped the film off, eager and excited to see the photos from recent travels and intrigued by the mystery rolls I'd uncovered. When I returned to pick them up I was mortified to discover that 4 rolls were almost completely unexposed-- solid black, with a few partial-photos like these ones above (when the shutter opened a little bit, capturing only about half of the original photo I took). They happened to be the 4 rolls of Portra 400 I had recently photographed all around California. For those of you who enjoy numbers, this means I should have had 144 glorious film photos from this epic journey. I ended up with 13 half-exposed frames.

After mourning for a while, I decided to crop the black away from the few partial survivors and share what is left from that trip. I already shared all of these in a personally cathartic series on Instagram, but decided they should also have a more permanent residence here. Most of the horizontal shots near the end of this post in this group are fully in-tact; they're photos I took on expired Kodak Gold 200 before the shutter stopped working. The vertical photos are all partial frames salvaged from otherwise destroyed rolls of Portra film, but I still enjoy them.

Film from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, CA. New Years, December 2014 - January 2015. 



Photos of Photographers

Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting together with a couple fellow photographers, Noelle Johnson and Julia Manchik. We grabbed coffee and chatted about all sorts of wonderful things: marriage, relationships, business, lip balm... and then we set out to explore an area of Seattle none of us had ever been to before.

Shooting without having to worry about getting any specific shots to deliver was delightfully freeing, and we just had fun experimenting, wrapping each other up in vines and sitting on pretty petal-laden (though frightfully wet and muddy) steps... I have many lovely photos that I love-- it helps when the girls you're photographing happen to be naturally gorgeous-- but here are just a couple favorites for now. 



Art for Orphans

Recently my friend Adam (who does cool stuff with Rethink Creative Group, as well as his own awesome work here) asked me if I'd be interested in donating some photos for this project called Art for Orphans. Art for Orphans is selling original artwork to help raise money to send to an organization called Family Legacy, who provide food, a home, education, and unconditional love to orphaned children in Zambia. 



I really respect and admire what they're doing. Watch this video; it will probably show and explain a bit better than I can. I hope you'll follow their links, read more about what they're doing and get really excited about helping these children!



If you'd like to contribute, you can buy prints of some of my photos as well as the work from other artists here, knowing that your purchase proceeds are all going towards the people making things happen in Zambia. I'm not sure when else decorating a living space has so benefited someone else on the other side of the globe. 

Below you can see just a few of my photos that are for sale on the site. They're a combination of film and digital images taken around Washington state and in various cities in Italy. 

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Don't fret; coming soon

Tell me, do any of you have so many to-do lists you can hardly keep track of them all? If so we're in good company, because I'm forever consolidating my endless lists. I'll find one from a few days prior with almost all the items crossed off, but one or two stubborn things yet to be completed, and on they go, to my current list (that already had enough items, thank you). Then I also have multiple lists that vary in urgency: the short-term versus long-term tasks that need to be separated out so that I can prioritize time when I find myself asking, "How in the world am I going to avoid being completely behind in every area of my life?" Sometimes I'll even make "wouldn't-it-be-nice-if-I-were-productive-enough-to-get-all-these-things-completed" lists that I know are unrealistic and that I have no intention of doing in one short time frame. 

This blog has been on one of those items on a looooong-term to do list... Something I knew I needed to just sit down and pound out. But when you aren't as tech-savvy enough to, you know, write your own code for the exact blog of your dreams, and you annoy yourself with your own perfectionism... things tend to delay a bit.

Despite much delay and too many transferred lists, I'm thrilled to announce that this long-awaited (at least on my end) blog is coming soon, and I can't wait to start semi-regularly sharing some current work and pretty things I'm making here, especially since the layout is SOOO much friendlier to photo quality (thanks, Facebook! You really spurred me on towards getting this done).