Summer's almost over, and it's been a turbulent one. Here's some photos from home and France ((the black and white ones were taken with my Nikkormat)) and a few songs. Amusez-vous.
Songs on my summer playlist:
Hey, sorry I'm not a very good blogger and haven't updated in a while. But it's summer now so I have too much free time aka time to blog. From here on out, it's just going to be pictures and music.
I got a new camera. Sony Alpha 350. I'm doing a photography program in France during July, so I'll be taking a bunch of pictures, hopefully better than the ones from my point-and-shoot. Here's a few shots I've taken recently. I'm still figuring out how to use it, so they're not the best pictures, but I'm sure they'll be getting better.
The photolab lost my pictures. C'est la vie.
I recently fixed my parents' turntable, and I went looking for records today. Richard Simmons - Reach, in mint condition. It's a workout album, complete with a book of choreographed exercises for each song.
This sums up the album.
I took a couple pictures with my Polaroid, but I'm still figuring it out. I plan on using most of my film in Florida - two days!
I went biking today, first of the season. It was a bit chilly, but the sun was out and it smelled like spring.
I took lots of pictures today. I'm getting a couple rolls of filmed developed ((hopefully I'll have some good shots)), but I also took a couple shots with my digital camera. When the sun starts setting, I plan on heading over to Olana ((Frederick Church's home)) to take some more pictures.
New shoes - New Balance.
The tree I climbed. The skills I learned in P.E. actually came in handy.
So I kinda failed at taking pics of my new sweatshirt, but whatever. I'm just lucky a car didn't come and run over my camera.
Sweatshirt - H&M
Hey, it's been too long, but I'm back ((and on spring break)). The snow is gone, I'm home again, and I stopped on the path the other day, bent down a tree-branch, and saw pale green buds!
I took this a couple years ago in the spring, at a nature reserve near my school.
So, update on the Polaroid camera. I found one that takes 600 film - at this thrift-store where I volunteer. I was in the back room sorting some donations when I came across a Polaroid Land Camera, in mint condition! The woman next to me - no one likes her - told me to put it on the free rack (aka the rack for crappy, broken things). Apparently, "no one uses those things any more." Plus, "they take such crappy photos." Anyways, I gratefully snatched it up.
Of course, just as I get a camera that works, they stop making the film. CVS ran out when I was there, so I had no film. And they got more right when I went broke. Perfect. But I finally got film, so pictures coming soon! I am so excited - hopefully I'll get some good shots in Florida during break.
This was taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilylove/2591997015/in/set-72157614387471687/
Everyone loves Polaroids. They're quick and fun, and their imperfections are half the charm. So I was searching the Polaroid website, trying to figure out how to use my Polaroid Land Camera, when I came across the latest addition to the Polaroid family. Apparently, the PoGo was introduced around the time Polaroid announced they were stopping production of all instant film, an implication that the PoGo would replace the old instant cameras.
The Land Camera I have.
First, I should say what the PoGo is. It's a portable printer a little larger than an iPhone that instantly prints 2"x3" photos from your camera or bluetooth phone. The technology it uses doesn't require ink, so all you ever have to buy (other than the printer) is paper.
I have mixed feelings about this pseudo Polaroid. It doesn't seem to be as spontaneous or impulsive as old cameras. First of all because it's not actually a camera. It's a printer that you have to send pictures to from your phone after taking them, or go to the hassle of carrying your camera, USB , and the PoGo around with you, plugging in your camera, and then choosing the photos you want to print. But it's definitely more impromptu than sending out to have photos developed, or printing them at home. And the photo paper they use, 2"x3" is just as lovable as the old Polaroid film.
Another downfall (luckily not a complete one) of the PoGo is
the photo quality. The streaks and colour distortion of Polaroids make them distinct and artsy. Today, anyone can take a picture with a digital camera and have it come out looking 100% real, no flaws. In fact, flaws and imperfections are discouraged nowadays. The PoGo however, falls halfway on this issue. The photos it prints are not nearly as faded, discoloured, or flawed as original Polaroids, but they aren't perfect either. It helps that cellphone cameras don't take very good pictures in the first place.
On the right, a photo printed using the PoGo. On the left, a photo printed using a full-sized Canon printer.
Instant photography is dying. The PoGo makes a solid effort to save it, but it's not enough. To be able to take a picture and have it in your hands a moment later is something unique. But nowadays people are so focused on uploading pictures from their cell phones or digital cameras right to their facebooks or flickr, and don't take the time to appreciate them. It could be as simple as making a scrapbook, or hanging up your pictures, but so rarely do people take the time anymore.
The Polaroid PoGo is (hopefully) the first of a new set of digital instant photography products from Polaroid. At $150, it's out of my grasp right now, but in the end, I definitely recommend it for the Polaroid-lover.
Also, if you're into imperfect photography, I highly recommend the Diana F+ by Lomography ((the girl in this blog's title picture is holding it)). It's pretty bitchin'.
The Diana F+ by Lomography.
I was recently in New York City, where I ran into this great
store, Muji. They recently opened an outlet in SoHo, and then
in May, they opened a flagship store in Times Square.
The store is a Japanese retailer that sells a range of things
including a great selection of pens, clothing, and furniture. I
really go there for the pens. They come in a large variety of colours
and write like heaven. I highly recommend them. Another
big seller is their toe-socks (below), which are like mittens for
your feet. They're eco-friendly and very comfortable.
If you're ever in the NYC vicinity, I recommend checking
Also, yesterday I met a friend and some of his friends at
the Dutchess County Fair. It's a big event where I live, with
lots of rides, fat American foods, and livestock. It's actually
a lot of fun. My camera stopped working right when
I met my friends, so here's just a couple pictures I managed
to get before.
Muji's cotton toe-socks. Très cool.
Muji's bitchin' pens, and some of their colours.
The flying swings at the fair.
The Tilt-A-Whirl, which went surprisingly fast. You should have seen the kid in the car next to us. He looked rather...uncomfortable.
Here's a song I really love, and I think the music video
is also very well done. Vanessa Carlton is known for her older
songs such as A Thousand Miles and Ordinary Day, maybe
even White Houses and Nolita Fairytale. As an artist,
she has evolved so much from when she first recorded
songs at just 16 years old. Now 28, she relatively recently
recorded a new album, Heroes & Thieves, which is
very beautifully done. Her use of strings makes every song
so great to listen to. It's a very summery album, and
just generally happy. This is my favorite song from the
album, so I hope you enjoy it!
Hands On Me
Everywhere you look today, someone's wearing a pair
of brightly colored, shiny, or glaringly white sneakers.
They've become extremely popular, and for good reason -
they look great. So here's a company I don't think many
people have heard of, selling quality footware.
Creative Recreation is a relatively new brand
of sneakers specializing in shoes that look sophisticated
and modern, feel good, and can be worn to work. Their
sneakers vary greatly in style, from upscale to more
casual. Some of their shoes, like the ones pictured
below, could even be moon shoes.
I recently purchased a pair of more everyday
shoes from them, which I am very pleased with.
They're comfortable and look great, and weren't that
expensive, at least not compared to other sneakers
being sold these days. Mine were around $90, but
they range from about $80 to $130. They also just
released their new fall collection. Check it out at their