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In the land of flowers

Although I haven’t been posting very many photographs, I’ve still been taking them as avidly as ever.

I am so thrilled to be living in Humboldt County. Money may be tight, my future may fill me with worries–but all I’ve got to do is take a walk and look around myself, and my heart becomes light.

The natural beauty here is astounding. I had expected the towering redwoods and the rocky coastline, but nobody prepared me for the FLOWERS.

The flowers bloom YEAR-ROUND. There are flowering trees, bushes, branches, beds EVERYWHERE. My nose is constantly pressed into petals; I talk to the blossoms sweetly and pick them up off the ground to cup in my palms and carry home. “Communing with flowers” is my preferred personal method of connecting with nature. The variety and abundance of flowers here means I do this on a daily basis.

In addition to the flowers, I also commune with the humans here, around whom I’ve cultivated a sweet little life. Since moving to Arcata in January, I’ve found myself surrounded by a ton of like-minded people. We take care of each other, play music together, and teach each other things. I love our lazy days and our adventures, and I try to capture them with my camera as much as possible.

I’ve been shooting fiercely since my brother sent me 10 rolls of Kodak Ultramax 400 for my birthday (although I also found an unshot roll of Agfa Vista 400 in an old purse, SCOOOREE). I’ve already blown through more than half those rolls.

I’ve been developing them in my bathtub here. After so many years developing film on my own, I can quickly identify a method for a makeshift darkroom anyplace and go about my splashy business without a hitch. I’ve even gotten to demonstrate my process to others!

I’m honestly behind on sharing photos, though. I’ve already processed, scanned, and edited several rolls, but haven’t gotten around to posting or sharing them.

Part of the delay is that I’d really love to DO SOMETHING with my photography, but I don’t know what. Something professional, something bigger than myself. OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS, friends.

For now, my film photos are a labor of my own love, my own personal diary. Making them makes me happy, and I guess that’s really what’s most important.

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Lost and found

Reason # 18 why film is more ~magical~ than digital:

Sometimes, you take photos and never get them developed. Sometimes you forget about them for months or years.

But they’re still there! Lying in wait, chemically existing but physically invisible inside a little dark canister. And there’s something about developing old photos that has an air of archaeological discovery–when were these photos taken? What are they of?

Yes, I am waxing too romantic about it, but it truly IS fun to develop film long after you’ve forgotten what you shot with it.

Recently, I finished off a disposable camera that I started sometime last year (my best guess is around March 2013) and had it developed. A few are from this summer, but most of them are from last spring.

I also found an old roll of black-and-white Ilford HP5 that I shot over three years ago, and I finally developed it in my sink. I found a ton of photos from the big budget cut rally at LHU, plus apparently hanging out in a cemetery?

Anyway, I’ve also recently discovered several rolls of UNDEVELOPED MYSTERY FILM in a box of photo supplies that someone gave me. I want to develop them too, but I’m half-afraid that this is exactly how horror movies start.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got now.

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