These may be all the grandkids I shall get, as my oldest daughter long ago decided against kids, and now the youngest, appears to be similar to her older sister and very focused on a legal career in social justice. They are all certainly loved.
Using the humid and hot weather this evening as good enough excuse not to weed flower beds and spend some time photoshopping negatives from the two recent trips. Rarely am I caught up and could easily post a new photograph on Flickr every day for a number of years or more, just from the past years work.
Travel always teaches you something about your equipment, or lack thereof in some cases. My trip to California saw me bringing too much, then trying to use each camera and format to justify their choice to come along. I just purchased a Holga 120 WPC 6x12 pinhole camera (cheaply enough at $65) to use traveling in lieu of the 4x5 Harman Titan pinhole. That trade alone gets me out of hauling twenty film holders-a substantial bulk. I am also having the SX-70 converted by the Polaroid specialists at Brooklyn Camera to use 600 ASA film, instead of the current and standard 100 ASA, which when hand holding in low light will produce blurry negatives, as discovered by shooting granddaughter Rose in her home. While 99,99% of my professional work is shot on a tripod with a cable release, regardless of camera and format, there are times when shooting children does not allow for such a contemplative and slow process, without lost moments. I am still debating on whether to bring the Rolleicord Vb next time, in lieu of the Hasselblad system for such a short vacation. being a TLR, it is very light and there are no other lenses. The Hasselblad will come to the Hawaii trip to the big island that is being planned for next year with my son and his family. There is too much of a need for various focal lengths there and the extreme sharpness of the Carl Zeiss lenses.
I have been reading, Horizon, by renowned travel writer and environmentalist, Barry Lopez. It reminds me of reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard many years ago, as both of their writing styles are enjoyably tangential, requiring that the reader deeply contemplate each sentence….as such, a slower and more deliberate process with innate emotional and intellectual rewards.
“Over the years, one comes to measure a place, too, not just for the beauty it may give, the balminess of its breezes, the insouciance and relaxation it encourages, the sublime pleasures it offers, but for what it teaches. The way in which it alters our perception of the human. It is not so much that you want to return to indifferent or difficult places, but that you want to not forget.”
― Barry Lopez, About This Life
Sample cut from new Iggy Pop album, Free, to be released this September