Posts Tagged ‘ film ’

Alameda Jungle

These photos are part of a working series that I started pretty much the moment I moved to Alameda. This island (which definitely feels separate from the rest of the bay) has a pretty unique landscape. Sleepy suburbia is mixed with the overgrown trees and brush which is constantly being trimmed back to perfection. Throw some light into the mix and you have the Alameda Jungle. There is a utopian quality that exists in Alameda that is appealing for older folks and people with children; it’s safe, quiet (relatively), close to San Francisco, and separate from the “darkness” that is Oakland. We even have a tunnel that is called the Alameda Portal on one side and the Oakland Portal on the other that literally transports you from one city to the next… Most people in their twenties find this place boring with nothing to do. It reminds me of a place in a Haruki Murakami novel that exists only in the mind. Kind of a bizarre imaginary reflection of something bigger that exists in the real…

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An Orange Cat!

These are from my last class. I was able to develop four rolls and I still have one roll to scan (hand scanning and digitally processing is much more work than I had realized). I’m really loving this stuff. I feel like my relationship with my camera has grown somewhat lately and now I’m ALWAYS itching to go out and shoot.

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pinhole camera

Meet my new pinhole camera! This is the second/enhanced version (the first was cut up to help me make this one). This beast takes 35mm film and can capture around 13 photos on a 24 exposure roll of film. Each exposure ends up being around 6 cm wide so it’s more like a panorama/medium format camera. This camera is cool because I can change the roll in daylight and basically use it like a regular camera. I’ve never made a pinhole camera before but I put a lot of thought into what I wanted it to be able to do. I think most people tend to make them so they can expose photo paper and take the box or can that they used into the darkroom and process it right away. I wanted to be able to take multiple “high quality” exposures without hitting the darkroom (because I don’t have a darkroom any more) plus I thought it would be cool to have something portable enough to take wherever I wanted.

I got the idea of creating a pin-hole camera after realizing how stressed I had become over technology and my desire to keep up with the times. I often have the feeling that I am constantly falling behind, especially in those moments when I get something new and the next thing I see is something bigger and better, but only ever so slightly out of my price range. In general, there is just too much stuff in the world and I think at least 80% of it is useless or at least redundant. I think somehow we are made to think that all these things we desire are necessities when in reality we can get by without them quite well (have you heard those commercials for brain exercises!?). This has caused some to accuse me as old fashioned lately. But seriously, I would rather be a creator that uses technology as a tool instead being so enamored by it that I spend more time wanting it than actually using it. Sometimes going back to the basics is a good way to see how being a creator actually works.

And so, right now I’m fascinated that I don’t even need a lens to capture an image. All I need is a box with a tiny hole in it. Holy shit.

Once again the photo people at Walgreens think I’m nuts…

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Holga Spam

I’ll try hard to keep this blog from turning into a Holga diary but until then here are some more photos taken with the beast. I went to the USS Hornet last week and only a few came out of the roll. Nine or so of the photos were taken inside the ship and so they were all too dark and didn’t capture anything. Eh well, I thought these two were cool at least.


Dear Holga,

My previous/first attempt at medium format included a 45 minute drive just to drop the film off. I then had to pay my dues plus $8 shipping since my photo lab didn’t do the developing in house. I then had to return a week later just to pick up some photos that may or may not have turned out (because, you know, it’s a Holga – the back might have popped open or something). Three hours worth of driving and a weeks worth of waiting and shipping costs made the simplistic freedom of my Holga camera nonexistent. I don’t mind if my photos turn out like crap, that is part of the toy camera fun but this was seriously not much fun.

Ah, but now! There is one place I’ve started going to in Berkeley that is 20 minutes away that can develop medium format film and get it done in the same day. There is also another in Oakland that I haven’t tried out yet but it is even closer. I’m seriously so excited! Making crappy photos has never been so convenient!

Lions and Diamonds (x2)

So, I skipped a whole month without posting. Yeesh! oh well… It’s kind of hard to believe that about a year ago (exactly) I started this blog and made my very first post.  Time really flies but in a year I have created so many different things, done so many things, and I have certainly thought about a shit load of things. Most of it doesn’t make it onto the blog so I’m thinking about making a portfolio type website to showcase my silly work in a more official manner. This blog would stay what it is: more of a journal/progress report/personal think tank. We’ll see what happens.

To another crazy year!

Some Rooftop in L.A.

I live in a small tourist town where the genuine culture has been hijacked by silly shops with cheap (or overpriced) merchandise. Tourist towns are almost universal, like a Denny’s chain where everything is somehow familiar and comfortable and they always taste the same no matter where it’s at. I have to admit that I really miss living in a city.