Matthew Hawkins at Around Chilliwack featured some of my photographs and a few written interview answers. I feel truly honoured that he approached me at all.
Summer's over. It felt kinda' long, since so many things happened that... well... took a long time. Two visits from the kids, my car that broke down and needed to be replaced, the fact that I didn't find a summer job to fill in time or money, the stifling wildfire smoke—this summer felt long. But tomorrow I head back to the school and all this summer stuff is all done.
Back to work—I don't feel ready at all, but the bell schedule doesn't wait. I hope I can sorta' hit the ground running.
I hoped to play lots of music this summer and set myself up with more gigs to fill in for how I didn't find a more typical job, so I didn't get out much. I didn't get any songs written. I read a few books. I went to the gym. If there's any way to reflect on the summer, it's through pictures.
Here are my best photos from the summer of 2018:
I picked up this Konica T3 from a thrift shop. It had markings inside that said it was once owned by Brian Minter.
I like it a lot, but I feel like it will take a while to master it. The indoors shots I took with the camera seemed to work best, for now. It's also the only SLR I have that has a wide angle-ish lens, which might explain why the indoor shots worked so well. I need to learn to fight the greys for the outdoor ones..
I picked up the Canon AE-1 from a guy on a Facebook group. It's a solid little camera with a working light meter. I love the photos it takes, but can't seem to quite hold the camera level most of the time. I need to figure out what's going on there.
A few months ago, I got a Konica S2. I love this thing. Its photos seem astoundingly crisp and it seems to capture light in a unique, earthy way.
Here are some of the photos I took with it the first time around, using some trusty Kodak Gold 200 from Wal-mart.
A month ago, I found this lovely vintage camera at Value Village. It was clean and sturdy and I knew nothing about it. I was excited.
I tried to look up infomation about it online but couldn't find much.
The further I got into the film, the more difficult it got to crank the spool. Eventually the camera seemed to seize altogether. When I opened it in the dark, I discovered that the film had wrapped around the sprocket a second time and that it was stuck. I had to destroy the film in order to remove it from the camera. (lomo note: I realized I could have reloaded it into a different camera that loads its photos backwards, perhaps the Canon EOS500 but I realized that too late to make it useful. I know for next time.)
So I started over again. I loaded a new roll of Kodak Gold 200, but the photos started to slip again. I reopened the camera and used electrical tape to make sure the film stuck to the spool.
I started shooting here and there and it seemed like it was going smoother. It still felt like it was slipping now and then, but overall it seemed to be working fine. By the time I got to photo 28 on a 24 exposure roll, however, I knew something was wrong.
I took it into London Drugs and got it developed. When I got it back, the camera had only made exposures up to the 20 exposure point. They were all overlapped and weird and ineffective, particularly at the end of the roll that looked like a five-inch panorama of chaos.
But some of them were kind-of successful kitsch photos, like this selfie:
And this photo I took in Ikea in Coquitlam is really nice, even with the faint double-exposure of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar.
So I don't know what to do now. What type of film do I put in a camera I can't trust? And when's the most appropriate time to use it? I have no idea right now. The rangefinder itself is broken and it doesn't spool its film appropriately, but when it works it seems to be pretty classy.
Here are a few more from the roll.
UPDATE FROM LATER THAT EVENING, FEBRUARY 20 2018: I loaded it with some more Kodak Gold, hoping that third-time-around I'll be able to sense if it's winding all weird in there. Fingers crossed.
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