I’m having some fun with photography using my lovely new iPhone 5. Having instagram and flickr make it really easy to share images and also get that slight critical distance I only seem able to get when I show my work to others.
It’s interesting to note some theme emerging. It’s also really fun to have my camera with me on my morning walks. Since it’s winter, and I leave early, I have quite a few images of trees with bare branches. I just never seem to get tired of trees!
The app I like best is Hipstamatic. I have a bunch of the lenses and films they’ve released over the years because Chris has been collecting them. I’m really having fun using that app with random combinations. Then if I like a particular film/lens pairing, I save it as a favorite. Hipstamatic works well with instagram because they are both in the square format.
I’ve been doing lots of still life photography as well as sketching and posting other stuff on instagram and flickr. And now that it’s getting a bit warmer, I’ve gone further afield with my handy camera, just driving out to find images. Having the phone is very helpful for helping me get oriented to the landscape and also to help me find coffee and food along the way!
As is evident from this sampling of the photos I’ve shared, natural reflections and abstractions appeal to me a lot. Oh, and the mutts. Can’t forget them!
The beach of the mouth of the Lawa’i stream is the first glimpse a tourist gets of the Allerton Garden after boarding the tram (bus) from the South Shore Visitors Center near Po’ipu on Kaua’i. Our wonderful guide, Walt, stopped here for a moment to tell us a story.
Do you see those small green plants down on the beach, just on the other side of the stream? Some unimportant beach weed, one might presume. But it’s not. It’s called naupaka, or Scaevola taccada, and it’s in the Lobelia family, and it’s important, especially if you love turtles.
It seems that when a female Green Sea Turtle crawls out of the sea she notices what’s growing there and if the first plant she bumps into is not naupaka, she’ll turn right around and look for another beach. Turtles nested on the Lawa’i beach until 1992 when Hurricane Iniki ripped through the Allerton garden. After several years of no turtles nesting on the beach, NTBG volunteers replanted naupaka. The following year, Green Sea Turtles returned to lay their eggs on the beach. Hooray!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may not have heard about the
“forbidden colors.” And you certainly haven’t seen them, even though
they exist. They’re reddish green and yellowish blue, which the cells of
your retina are not built to register. However, scientists have figured out
a trick by which these hues can be made visible. A few lucky people have
actually caught a glimpse of them. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius,
because I suspect you are close to experiencing a metaphorical version of
this breakthrough — seeing something that is supposedly impossible to
I want to make a linoleum block print of this geum blossom. Here it is in color and in black and white (with a red filter applied to it in Aperture). I would like to create a rather ornate line drawing of it, transfer it to the block and then carve.
He was my sweet kitty cat for 11 and 1/2 years and I still miss him terribly. This little photo of him used to be taped to the top of my Mac Quadra computer, purchased in 1993 and then on my eMac purchased in about 2004. I recently took the images, one of Zooey and the other of my childhood cat, Joe, off the eMac before donating it to Free Geek.
I probably printed this picture in the Portland State Daily Vanguard darkroom in 1994 or 1995 while I was a staff photographer there. Seeing it reminds me of Zooey and makes my heart ache, but it also reminds me of all the hours I spent in that darkroom. Today I spent several hours cleaning my current-yet-not-currently-in-use darkroom and found six rolls of b&w 120 film that have been exposed but not developed, which I must have shot with my Holga or Diana sometime between 2003 and 2006. Not only do I have an enormous curiosity to see those images, but there are so many others that have only ever been seen by me (or anyone) with a loupe or, at best, on a contact sheet.
The darkroom gear is all neatly sorted now and packed up, but I miss making pictures in a darkroom. Maybe it’s time to fire up the enlarger, turn on the fan, and work some of that magic that only happens in the rosy glow of a safe-light.