Sunday, May 20, 2018

Alive and Well in the Desert


I'll always be a desert dweller, even though the dryness makes my fingers crack and bleed and my bones creak...it's where I like to be.
I made a little trip to big ol' Texas a few weeks ago and spent some time looking far south toward Mexico where the sky is endless and the silence goes on for a hundred miles.


I call these yuccas "witchdoctors" ...they just look so surreal and each one has a personality all its own.
Reality So Subtle 6 x 6 pinhole camera with some 100 speed Ultrafine film sloshed about in caffenol.
It's what the doctors ordered.....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Road to Guadalupe




Besides pinhole and my Holga...I do love a disposable camera! It fits in my pocket, I don't worry about it getting nicked and it just feels right when I'm riding shotgun on a road trip through west Texas.
I don't worry about settings, or fidgeting with dials.
I just point and shoot. Freedom in a plastic box.
Wonder what Mr. Fox Talbot would think?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Vertical is the new Black

that's a ridiculous thing to say....

I'm in a funky mood, not coughing, feeling a bit of melancholy with the weather being a bit damp, and finding a dead rabbit in the front yard this morning...so it's been an odd day. 

Here's a wee photo of an alleyway in Cheyenne, Wyoming from last summer.
Shot with a disposable camera that I had reloaded with some tri x.
I like reloading disposables. it's work, but then no one is going to mug you for a cheapie crap disposable camera when you are out and about looking like a tourist...even when you are not a tourist.

This particular camera is a Rollei. Yeah! Fancy that! It was made in china like all the billions of other disposables out there but badged with a Rollei sticker and originally loaded with bona-fide Rollei film. 
Anyway, I don't judge. I just push the shutter button at things that I like.


 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mint Watermelon

I'm not sure how (or why) marketers and makers of tea come up with such uncanny combinations...but it's really no matter since I wanted the tin to make a pinhole camera out of for Sunday, April 29....World Pinhole Day!

I think the tea can be used as part of a developing brew/concoction for the paper negative I plan to use.

I'll test it out tomorrow in hopes of being ready for the big day on Sunday.

The stuff does smell pretty good, I'm almost ashamed to admit. 

And...as far as the bronchitis is going...I'm on the other side of the fence with it now. Meaning I spend more time breathing like a normal person and not hacking my head off coughing as I have been the past weeks. Thanks for the concern! x

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bronchitis

Bronchitis!

I'll spare you the gory details and just post a nice little photo of a road i like to travel on. It goes to Mexico and is 54 miles of dirt, fence-lines, antelope, roadrunners, lizards, buzzards and Border patrol...


I made this with one of my old Holgas and some Tri-x and then sloshed it in caffenol. 
As you can see, the camera has a little light leak which I need to make sure I put some gaffer tape on the camera next time I use it to avoid this 'ghost' .

don't forget pinhole day is April 29!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I Love Grass and grasslands, but the stuff just might undo me!


If you know me at all, then you know how much I love grass and grasslands. Also trees. Trees make me weak at the knees...but also make me weak from coughing tree pollen. Mercy!

This particular spring has been near lethal as far as allergies go. I have coughed in fits for the past two weeks and have seriously considered installing a drip faucet at the bottom of my diaphragm and on the side of my nose...yes, it's that bad! I sleep sitting up and then walk around like a zombie during the day due to sleep deprivation.

I haven't been out with the camera in a week, although I did order some film, and I've watched more than my fair share of daytime television.
Lucky I have streaming and have seen some interesting shows.
Namely one that was about the Camino de Santiago. It's a walk I've always wanted to do and since discovering there's a short version that goes through Portugal up through Spain...it just might be doable. The show was called "Life in a Walk". The scenery is nice and there's some nice father /son moments.

Enjoy your day! 
Above photo was a Holga shot with some old Kodak Color

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Simple things...


Spider Rock, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly
Holga, Tri-x, caffenol