A very "full" night. Spent four hours crunching numbers and doing planning for the business I'm starting. Went to Camera Club for the second of the monthly meetings. Didn't have time to squeeze dinner in before that... so we ran from the meeting to the diner for a late meal.
Exiting the diner, I noticed the light catching the worn out remains of the Railroad Crossing sign painted on White Street. Grabbed my camera... zoomed... focused... snapped... smiled.
"Toy" being the key word there. A "Diana Mini" 35mm plastic camera. Part of a genre of cameras known as "Toy Cameras"... famous for their plastic fixed lenses... cheap plastic bodies that leak light... and the almost "haunting" quality of the images they take.
Toy cameras like the Diana Mini... Diana F+... Holga CFN 120... The Oktomat... the Kiev 4 M... and the famous Lomo LC-A - are all integral parts of a photographic movement known as "Lomography". Born in the 1990s, the Lomography Movement follows "Ten Golden Rules", which are as follows...
1) Take your camera everywhere you go. 2) Use it any time - day or night 3) Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it. 4)Try the shot "from the hip". 5) Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible 6) Don't think! 7) Be fast. 8) You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film 9) Afterwards either. 10) Don't worry about any rules!
I've wanted one of these cameras for a while... yet I kept putting it off. Well... gazing at one in the store at the Museum of Modern Art yesterday - something in me said "Why not today?".
Had a wonderful dinner to celebrate Holly's mom's birthday. The people at the table next to us were also celebrating a birthday. Grabbed the camera and zoomed in on the balloons they had tied to a chair.
I decided to have a bit of fun with the image... "just because". Did some cropping... boosted saturation... made adjustments to exposure and highlights - but that's it.
On may way back home from putting my son on the school bus this morning, I notice a paper-thin layer of ice stretching across the rainwater filling one of our planters by the front door. Leaves poke through... light shimmers... ripples move underneath as a cold breeze blows.
Absolutely beautiful to me!
I hear birds singing for the first time in months. Spring is coming... and soon this planter will be overflowing with greenery.
But not yet.
For now the ice has it's day... hiding the soil... holding the new life within. But it is a thin ice... and the "Call to Life" will always prevail!
I've had this pair of headphones since I was a baby. Seriously. It was the only way my parents could get me to sleep sometimes. I have a photo of my father holding me in his lap... I'm wrapped in a blanket and wearing these headphones... and we're both passed out.
Obviously I still have the headphones...
I still have what's left of the blanket too.
Over the years not much has changed. I don't fall asleep in my dad's lap anymore... but I do still tend to listen to music while drifting off to sleep. These days it's done with an iPod and a wonderful pair of Bose in-ear headphones. The music has changed too. I have no idea what my parents had me listening to as a baby... probably the Bee-Gees or ABBA, considering my loathing of both now - these days however it tends to be an interesting mix... from Beethoven to Charlie Parker to Iron Maiden.
As for the NOVA 40s... well... they still work great, 34 years later. Every once-in-a-while I use them... just for nostalgia's sake... and drift off into a world of memories.