Category : Vintage
Our splinter group of Shutter Sisters is continuing our new tradition of sharing 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We started with sharing 10 photos from our time together in Tofino, then followed that up with 10 festive photos enjoying the holiday season. This month, with the new year upon us, we decided to focus on “restart” as a theme.
As I’ve said before here, I do love a fresh start, a clean slate, a new page on the calendar. So, how have I been I been restarting this year? First, the holiday decorations were carefully put away…
Then new words, new sources of daily inspiration have been sought. Although secure is my word for 2014, “ease” was in the running for quite some time. Ease is another one of my core desired feelings and I am inviting it mightily into my year and my daily life. Interestingly, I am seeing how secure embodies and allows for ease.
My ritual of morning pages and journaling continues to sustain me and provides a secure foundation from which to enter the world each day…
That’s what my “restart” to 2014 looks like so far. You might be saying, “What?! Wait! There’s only 5 photos here! Where are the other 5?” My answer — they haven’t unfolded yet. And ordinarily, I would have frantically taken 5 more photos to make sure I had 10 to share — after all, this IS a 10 on 10 post! But, I’m restarting. I’m allowing ease into my life. I’m feeling secure in my work and who I am. And so, I’m staying loose, and letting 5 be okay this time around.
To keep the blog-hop going, click on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her 10 on 10 to restart this new year!
Last month on the 10th, I shared 10 photos on sisterhood taken during my retreat with a group of fabulous photographer friends. That post marked my first of our group’s launch into 10 on 10. On the 10th of each month, the group of us are doing a blog-hop, sharing 10 photos on a theme or taken on one day or event. This month’s 10 on 10 has us working on the theme of “festive.” With Tony and I headed to the tree farm, selecting our holiday tree, and trimming it this past weekend, I thought of no better opportunity than to shoot our weekend shenanigans for my 10 on 10.
It was freezing, quite literally, this past weekend with temperatures hovering around 1 degree Fahrenheit (-17 Celsius). While I had hoped to take some Polaroid photos during our adventure to the tree farm, I knew there was no way that was going to happen as instant film does NOT like the cold. So I picked up my long-neglected digital camera, and off we went. (As always, you can click on each photo to see them larger!)
Yonkey Pine Tree Farm is a sweet, family-run operation in a small Nebraska town a bit south of us. On the years when we aren’t traveling back “home” to the East Coast, Yonkey Pine is where we get our tree, selecting it from the rows and rows of scotches and firs, having it cut fresh right before our eyes.
To our dismay, the farm had been pretty well picked over. With Thanksgiving falling much later in the calendar this year, and with beautifully mild temperatures two weekends ago, it seemed like all of Lincoln (if not all of Nebraska!) had already beaten us to tree hunting. In looking over the few trees that remained amidst all of the stumps, we chose a lovely fir. And, a fresh wreath for our front door.
We awoke to snow coming down, made coffee, and got a fire going. After some reading of the Sunday New York Times, we got down to business.
Tony strung the lights, and then we sorted through our collection of ornaments. Coming across Ripken’s dog bone ornament from his first Christmas with us brought a pang to my heart. We still miss him every day.
To keep the festivities going, blog-hop on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her festive 10 on 10!
I’ve been thinking about those photos. You know the ones. Those photos that aren’t your favorites. The ones that you like to some extent, but that you picked apart, noticing all the things you didn’t like about them. Those photos that got buried in your computer or in your stack of negatives or prints because they didn’t quite make the “A side” of the album. Yeah, those photos.
Come on over to Mortal Muses to see more of what I have to say about those photos on the “B side.” It might surprise you…
For today’s ‘Roid Week selections, I chose one more muted photograph and one super colorful image. Both capture elements of photography that I adore.
This vintage horse was at a salvage yard in Sonoma, California. If I could, I would have brought her home with me…
More locally, while driving home from work one late afternoon, the sun was setting and the sky looked brilliant. I drove to a nearby park hoping for a better view. This was the gift the Universe gave me…
As always with my film photography, these photos have not been edited or “photoshopped” in any way. That colorful sky is exactly what emerged on the film. Stunning color! I hope you are checking out the ‘Roid Week 2013 Flickr pool. I promise the photos the instant film community is sharing over there will NOT disappoint!
Oh yeah…it’s ‘Roid Week 2013! It’s that spectacular time of the year when for one week, we truly celebrate the beauty and magic of instant film photography. This extravaganza takes place over on Flickr, starting today and ending on Friday. The rules for ‘Roid Week are that all photographs must be shot with instant film (all types are acceptable) and must have NEVER been shared before. To encourage people to really share their best work, only two photos per person are allowed each day. I get incredibly inspired by the photographs shared by the instant community every year during ‘Roid Week. A-mazing photos are revealed and I’m constantly blown away.
Here are my first two instant photos to share for this year’s ‘Roid Week. From our trip to Nashville back in March, this little scene captured my nostalgic heart…
A while back, I dreamed up a little photo shoot and asked a dear friend (and almost former student who will be graduating with her PhD in August — WOOT!) if she’d like to play along. I had been wanting to take photos of Alysondra for some time and had come up with some fun locations and ideas. She jumped in full force and we had an awesome afternoon together. We went to a few different places and she brought a few shirts to make some costume changes. We laughed and played and had so much fun. Here are some of my absolute favorites from the shoot.
Our first stop…
Time for a wardrobe change and new location…
And last but not least, one of my very favorite Polaroid photos ever…
Looking back over these photographs makes me smile and remember the fun Alysondra and I had during this portrait session. And it makes me want to dream up new ideas and locations for photo shoots, and keep shooting portraits. I had no idea a few years ago that I would grow to love taking photographs of people, but it’s happened. We grow. We shift. We like new things. Change is good.
Since Celina was off road-tripping on Route 66 this month, she and I thought “vintage” would be a perfect theme for our June Polatych. With our love of instant film and vintage cameras, it’s no surprise we are also drawn to shoot old, rusty, decaying, and aging beauties. How fun that we both aimed our lenses at vintage cars this month!
My (I wish “my!) Bel Air is on the left and Celina’s car interior is on the right…
I’m so happy that July marks a month where Celina and I will be together and in person (hello WDS and Tribe!). I wonder what theme and photographs will emerge for our collaboration given we’ll be together. Stay tuned, friends.
This time last year, I was in France. And I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I *still* haven’t processed all of my photos from that trip. So as I have been reminiscing in my mind about our adventures last summer, I decided to jump back into the trip vicariously through my photographs.
Ahhh… I’ve been away on a much-needed trip to visit friends, take a photography workshop, and delve into a bit of rest and relaxation. Despite getting sick while on my trip (Why does the body do that? It’s like it senses you have stepped away from work for just a moment, and then the sickness strikes. UGH.), I had a really lovely time. I’m so very grateful for the time I got to spend really connecting with my friend, Hillary, as well as growing other friendships. The week seemed to melt away and the visit was over all too quickly.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back when the trip came together and I knew I would be visiting the Bay Area, I remembered missing out on visiting Photobooth SF during my last trip to California in 2011. Then, as I mentally put Photobooth SF on the list of things to do during my upcoming visit, I remembered that they shoot tintypes. Tintypes! OMG. I knew I
wanted needed to get my tintype taken while I had the opportunity. I got online right away and scheduled my photo session. I was not missing out this time around.
Tintypes are classic, old-school photography done through a wet-process. This type of imagery was what photography was back in the 1800s. The tintypes are created on metal plates and are the very definition of one-of-a-kind photographs. Not many folks are creating tintypes these days (and you thought film was old-school and behind the times!), so you can see why I jumped on this chance to have my photograph captured via tintype.
The entire process at Photobooth SF was incredible. The two folks working that day, Nathan and Kari, were so warm and welcoming. They certainly made my friends and I feel comfortable as we perused the store (they sell Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE film, Lomography cameras, and other photography-related items), and as I prepared for my shoot. Kari was the photographer prepping and taking the tintypes that day, and she was simply a gem to work with. She helped me relax in front of the camera and pose in a way to achieve the look I was going for. Kari also let me come back in the darkroom and watch the developing of my image unfold. Such a treat.
Thank you to Kari at Photobooth SF for a great portrait session. If you’re ever in San Francisco, I encourage you to run and get your tintype taken. You won’t regret it.