There was really only one photograph that I wanted to make when I was on vacation with my family this summer. As it turns out, I had misremembered what I thought I wanted to photograph, and what I wanted to photograph did not exist. So I didn’t get the shot.
What I did get was plenty of time to play around with everything else that happened around me, and part of that was shooting with a Holga and not really caring about all the knob-twisting and exposing and all that jazz that can occupy the mind while taking pictures. And speaking of occupies minds, I was apparently mentally on vacation, too…my Holga had gotten itself set to read the film numbers for a 16-exposure, 645 format setup, even though the camera still had its 6×6 mask in. So I was advancing the film according to 645 markings, and shooting with 6×6 equipment, which meant that everything overlaps. I don’t have individual images…I have a few long, uninterrupted strips of beachiness.
This is the kind of mistake that cannot be made on a digital camera. Actually, it can’t even be made on a decent film camera. Sure, there are double exposures, but this endless stretch of exposed film is the product of letting myself go a bit, shooting with a toy, and being okay that the result is quirky. Long live quirk.
Holga 120N; Ektachrome (cross processed), Pro160C, Portra 160NC (expired)
Code-switching is a phenomenon where someone can act differently depending on the context. Case in point. I knew Mike first as a Dean of Discipline with a short sense of humor for shenanigans and roughhousery. I also knew him as a laid-back aficionado of bad jokes, good music, and tasty beer. His cream of garlic soup finds disfavor only amongst die-hard readers of Twilight (or is it un-die-hard?). His birthday just passed, and he just completed his first Broad Street Run. Huzzah!
Two more from Hocking Hills. This road, if that’s the right term, divided our property from the field in the image below. I didn’t have the time to wander up around the bend.
And I’m trying to remember the name of the movie the title of this post comes from. Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta…She’s So Lovely or something like that.