Several years ago a high school friend sent me a package of vintage cameras that she wasn’t using anymore. It was a hugely kind gesture and they quickly were added to my already growing shelf of vintage cameras. Then life happened and I never got back to find film for any of them.
Introducing, The Duaflex:
The Duaflex was manufactured by Kodak and this version was produced between 1954-1957. It a cute box camera that is about as easy to use as a point and shoot camera and that’s exactly what it was intended for. Kodak isn’t making the film for it anymore (620 film), so it took me a while to find a place that manufactures a replica of 620 film. And then it still sat on a shelf not using it because I was a little intimidated by the old levers and the backward viewfinder but now that I’ve gotten over the intimidation I realize that it’s a sweet, little, simple machine.
The other day I shot 12 shots in a test roll, and these are my favorites. These are all unedited images. The scratches, vignettes and the colors are all through the lens. I can’t wait to shoot another roll!
All photographs shot on Kodak Duaflex III / Ektar 100 film. Shot of the camera taken by iPhone.
The day after Christmas, Central Ohio woke up with amazing and unusual weather that I call: “Frog” (technically I think it’s called Hoar Frost, but Frog sounds cuter to me). It was like Mother Nature gave all photographers her holiday gift one day late.
All photographs shot on Canon Rebel xsi / 55-250mm
So it’s obvious to see that after my last post about the Badlands in September, my website was really neglected for the rest of the year. And that’s probably because of several things:
Cross Country Season
The annual time of the year that I start to ask again, “Why the heck do I even blog?”
Then…. New Happy Year!
And so here we are. Over the last 12 years I’ve published 5 different blogs (including this one) and have written the same sentence over and over again that reads similarly as: “Hi Everyone, Sorry I’ve been away so long!” But I’m not writing that this time. The concept and the reasons for blogging has changed over the years so it’s not always the back and forth conversation happening like it used to. That’s what Facebook is for.
However I would still like to keep this site going again. It’s my home base for all my photographs and current information on art exhibits, works in progress, and ambitions. But to start the year 2019 with a bang, I have to close up 2018. There were lots of photographs I hadn’t published here yet in the later part of the year, so without further ado, here they are on digital and film….
All photos shot on iPhone, Canon DSLR, Pentax K1000 35mm
I am definitely not the kind of chick hanging out at 6am on a Saturday, but these are the things you do for your kids, right? We left at the crack of dawn to get to Genoa, Ohio and we met his fellow high school cross country runners; following a nice lunch buffet. And so it seemed, we are now back into 5k season into the fall. Because there’s another 5k next Saturday morning…
But for this photographer, the old town Americana and country vibe in Genoa, Ohio was full of photography opportunities. So I was ‘OK’ to be there. I’m not going to post all of the pics I took of my son and his friends because I’ve been told that it’s “weird” if I post pics of him and his friends on my blog (I’m only doing to post pics of him on Facebook 😉). Funny how things change in generations, but in a way, they don’t change. Remember when our parents found our diaries in the middle of the mattress? 🤔 And our response was like, “Mom, you read my diary?? I hate you!”
Yeah, I’m a mom with a bunch of teenagers now. So I get it.
Here are the pics that I took, no pictures of my son. I’m always inspired by these little Ohio towns when I get out of the Columbus metro area.
Last weekend I went to a tour headed by the Young Preservationists Society and learned lots of more info on this fair midwest city of Columbus. Of course it was also a great opportunity to take some shots in some usual and unique locations – from the State House to an old historic building during construction.
All shots taken with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 6.
I had no idea that last June, when I took a serendipitous drive to a park to take some shots of the sunset, that it would change the course of my work this year. On a whim I submitted this photograph to a juried exhibition late last year and this January I found out that my photograph was selected. Ecstatic that I got in, I also immediately started to take stock of what the heck I was going to do with all these photographs that I take and maybe it just felt like the right time to go full tilt.
Over the years I haven’t done anything with them. Mostly out of a lack of confidence, a lack of time or money to invest, or personal derailments, I’ve never really valued my art. And maybe all it took was one photograph to be discovered or to change my perspective.
Sometimes my passion is writing, sometimes it’s making paper, sometimes it’s crafts, sometimes it’s working with animals, but over the years I have always come back to photography. And there must be a reason for that.
A couple weeks ago when the boys had the day off of school, I was able to get them off the computer with the promise of a cool destination. All I knew is that the place sounded really cool: Moonville Tunnel.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. The closer we got to Moonville, the more scrappier and dilapidated it became. We saw lots of characters and lots of broken down houses on the way: we saw a road rage incident with a guy in Army fatigues, small children playing in a swamp, and we saw lots of chicken, horses, goats and all kinds of trash.
After the day ended we agreed that we couldn’t decide which was more interesting – the actual tunnel or the sights on the way.
All photographs shot on Canon Rebel xsi and iPhoto. Edits on Photoshop and Snapseed.