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Hello February!

It was a full week! It started out with a print day - a short one, but I accomplished what I wanted, which was mainly to contact print the 5x7 negatives I had made the week before. There’s a part of me (inspired by Edward Weston’s daybooks, of course) that would like to do more large format portraiture, so I got some practice in on my family. They came out better than I expected, especially since I was using the Protar lens which means my hand with the lens cap is the shutter. I also printed one of my favorite images from the week before, both another contact print and an 8x10, which is still not perfect but I had other things to do so I decided it was good enough. . . . .

crummy cell phone photo of the prints

crummy cell phone photo of the prints

One of the negatives took me by surprise when I turned on the light after developing it: I had expected it to be a portrait of my daughter, but lo & behold it was a landscape that I couldn’t for the life of me recall. An accidental double exposure with sheet film was bound to happen eventually. The contact print helped me remember oh yeah that time I hauled my gear on a really hot day to the park and the lake had amazing reflections on it. Ohhhhh well

another crummy cell phone photo, because I haven’t had time to scan the prints

another crummy cell phone photo, because I haven’t had time to scan the prints

On Thursday of last week I found out the 3 photographs I submitted to TAG at 120 Art were accepted (yay!), on Friday I drove into Austin to pick up my pieces from the SHE. exhibit at Soma Vida (which meant I finally got to see the show because most of it was still up), and then on Saturday I delivered one of those pieces plus the other two to my friends in Taylor. I can never say I don’t get enough time to think with all the time I spend in my car

A look at the show at Soma Vida (that’s my friend Lili in the first photo with a reflection on it - Lili who is very much missed since she moved out of state!). It’s such a lovely space

A look at the show at Soma Vida (that’s my friend Lili in the first photo with a reflection on it - Lili who is very much missed since she moved out of state!). It’s such a lovely space

One of the photographs that will be in  TAG at 120Art’s  next show, from a project I was super excited about a few years ago & have since totally abandoned

One of the photographs that will be in TAG at 120Art’s next show, from a project I was super excited about a few years ago & have since totally abandoned

In other HUGE NEWS, a long time friend of my Dad’s - a caver - sent me the extraordinary gift of a Widelux. Holy Random Act of Kindness! Oh, stuff of legends! Oh my goodness! I still can’t believe it, but I sure have been having fun playing with it. The first roll didn’t get loaded correctly - in spite of me loading it with the instruction manual sitting in my lap - so I got some blurry edges, but the 2nd roll came out fine & dandy, and a 3rd roll is awaiting development.

One of the fun things about a camera like the Widelux is being able to jump into the photo when you’re using a slow shutter speed. I’m realizing I need to use it on a tripod, or at the very least pay attention to the level bubble, unless I am going for the distorted look. But I am excited about the possibilities of this camera! I photographed band practice the other night and took it with me; this is Ilford Delta 3200, the only high speed film I had on hand. Obviously needed a bit more light but I’m just happy the shot came out.

I spent Saturday night photographing bands at the Dirty Dog on 6th Street, this time using digital because quite frankly it’s so much easier than wrestling an image out of film in such challenging light. It was a fantastic show!

Last but certainly not least, I had a freelance photography session for a local business that took me to Belton. I’ve driven through there on I 35 a million times, but never stopped, so I was thrilled to have an assignment that took me somewhere I hadn’t been before. I met some very nice people and a super talented massage therapist who I will hopefully get to visit without a camera in tow one day, and I photographed the downtown area as well before heading back south. Maybe I will share some of those images next week. Until then, hope all is well with all of you!