Thursday, December 30, 2010

i really want to go outside and make it light all day

i've been trying to force myself to use my 50mm f/1.8 more often. i always see beautiful pictures being made with it, but i'm much more reliant on my 28mm. anyhow, while i was home, i tried to shoot almost exclusively with the 50mm. here are some shots of family over christmas weekend as the sun was setting:

this would be my very own dad.

dad and zack (one of two brothers).


logan (two of two brothers).



from left to right: zack, dad, logan and caitlin. (zack and caitlin are twins, for those who are curious.)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

make it perfect and real


i don't take many photos of family. one of the reasons being family is so far away. another reason being my mom really does not like me to take photos of her. this quick polaroid, snapped christmas morning, got a reprieve. my mom is on the left, my brother logan on the right.

Monday, December 27, 2010

life down southwest

i took my trusty new spectra system with me to phoenix over the christmas weekend. i forgot how much i missed a big, clear, blue sky. and homemade tamales. anyhow, the results using 'image' film:


Saturday, December 25, 2010

new camera on the block


these are the other shots from my first pack of softone film with the spectra system. the new camera lets me play around with double exposures. well, you can double expose with most any polaroid camera, but it's super easy with the spectra system. i tried a few of them (the last three images in this post). they didn't turn out as well as i'd hoped, but i sort of looked at this pack as a test pack, more or less. since i've been in arizona for the past 24 hours, i've taken some more photos with the spectra system. i'm pretty happy with the results. i'll post them when i get back to portlandia and my trusty scanner. until then, happy christmas!

note about the post title: on my way up to seattle (where a good half of these polaroids were shot!) last weekend, i noticed that new kids on the block was playing in tacoma. they were hooking up with the back street boys. really.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

buildings that speak

a recovery center in north portland. (shot with spectra camera on softtone film.)

because i have no self restraint, i recently picked up a new polaroid spectra system camera and a few packs of film to go with it. this is my favorite of the first ten exposures. the rest to follow shortly.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


two products of my recent crafting mood:

(1. this one went north via the postal service. for the record, i know there should be an 's' on 'la.' i couldn't find one!)

(2. this one stayed in portland. hand delivered to its recipient.)

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(right: reverse side of 'dreamers'; left: reverse side of 'beauty')

Thursday, December 16, 2010


there's nothing that connects these photos together, really, other than the fact that i decided to take them. also, i like them. here's hoping you (whoever is out there) do, too.

i pulled the car over and made my two friends wait while i took pictures of this. i don't know why, but i knew i had to.

the photobooth at the ace hotel reminds you that 'you are beautiful.' and you are.

santa at xanadu. a different one.

amanda's feet last weekend.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

at night, a performance

a few performers made a stage of our home this weekend for the first RECITAL. here are a few pictures:

cello composition.

dance piece.

poetry reading.

Friday, December 10, 2010

about town

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clockwise from top left: cold brew in downtown portland (600 film with sx-70);
portland sign on broadway (600 film with sx-70); a house the color
houses should be (600 film with sx-70); santa at xanadu (silver shade with sx-70)

Monday, December 6, 2010

easy listening

some cover art i made for a 'wyjr' fall mix.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

our tree lighting


Thursday, December 2, 2010

three years ago


i had to head out to vernonia today to cover the groundbreaking of a new school there. actually, i volunteered to make the one-hour trip there. i'd been to vernonia once before in 2008 to cover the one year anniversary of a flood that just really wrecked the small town. i was curious to see what it looked like these days. plus, for whatever reason, i find vernonia pretty charming. here's what i wrote. and here are some photos i took while i was out there today. (they don't really do this town justice.)

since the flood, many homes have been raised up off the ground, like this one.

others have been completely destroyed. their lots put up for sale.

the land where the new school will be located.

one of vernonia's churches.


Monday, November 29, 2010

an old, early morning

i was trying to organize my desktop and came across a few pictures of sudan that i had meant, once upon a time, to post. this is one of them. it's pretty grainy, but i still find it beautiful. maybe it has something to do with nostalgia. i'm not sure. anyhow, i took this one very early morning when we'd gotten up to see the sun rise.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

on display


this is part of a show at land, a quirky little gallery off mississippi street. the artist had mounted these stuffed animal heads to pretty great effect. in fact, i liked them so much that i bought the bison in the center. we're thinking of calling him sal.


frock (on alberta street) decked out its roof. i kinda really like it. terrible.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

a mix for a fall spent in rainy, rainy, beautiful portland


breaking hearts with sounds too loud:

1) the king of carrot flowers, pt. 1 - neutral milk hotel
2) crash years - the new pornographers
3) down by the water - the drums
4) barnacle - lovers
6) live to tell the tale - passion pit
7) true affection - the blow
8) escape from the dragon house - dengue fever
9) bullfighter jacket - miniature tigers
10) dancing on my own - robyn
11) dance yrself clean - lcd soundsystem
12) let it out - girl talk

(for something in the flavor of summer, check this out.)

***after listening to this mix a few too many times, i felt it needed some edits. i took out the local natives and rilo kiley songs i had included and added 'king of carrot flowers, pt. 1' by neutral milk hotel to start it off. now, it sounds like fall to me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

the way we used to look

some images i caught on silver shade film via the impossible project:

megan outside valentine's in downtown portland.

inside the ace hotel in downtown portland.

casey parks outside valentine's.