Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rather than go on with my Hurricane Sandy 'war stories', let me just be grateful that I now have electricity, a subway, and heat. Many do not. My silly problems were merely temporary, I cannot complain. Now would be a nice time to take advantage of a rare sale on some sMacVision goodies. Holidays are here! The sale is in my Etsy shop only.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
This year more than any other year I made so many mistaken double, even triple exposures with all of my cameras. To clarify, in the past, it has always been bound to happen with my roll film cameras; you take a picture, then forget to wind. The plastic toys don't have much protection or warning to prevent a shutter button from being depressed if the film has not been advanced one frame after taking a photo. Certainly, this could be a good thing, allowing for artistic license with intentional double exposures, or advancing as little or as much as one wants between frames in order to make the photos spaced well-apart vs. overlapping. A mistaken double exposure, however, is upsetting mainly because it tends to ruin two potentially good photos, and I am baffled as to how many times I actually did it with Polaroid film this year (like the one above)! Over and over. I'm getting forgetful in my old age if I can't even remember to pull the photo out once I've snapped it. gah!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
People started complimenting me on them, so I started selling them offline. They do much better in person. I've had them listed online before and don't do so well. I think they have to be seen to be appreciated, and that's fine with me.
This photo of course, does not show off their colorful beauty. I have another post here, and here, and here where you can see that. My sister took this up at the beach house by the ocean one morning a couple of weeks ago.... it's black and white Polaroid film (very expired, note the high contrast, blown out teeth and chin? And it's very schmootzy, see the speckles and stuff?)
Friday, August 31, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Just when I finished the huge task of scanning the last two years of Polaroids right before I left, I have a new stack to attack. It's endless... but I've started. The film is another story. I will be adding 22 more rolls of film to be developed (development only, no cutting of negatives, no prints) to the 10 long strands of negatives hanging up on the wall still left from last summer. Each one will be unhung, cut by hand, and I'll scan them into individual prints myself... it's a task which seems overwhelming, but I'll get there! In the meantime, I miss my sis so bad, so thank golly for Skype.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I've never really photographed them before. Figured it might be a good idea to at least, not necessarily artistically, but document for others to see my equipment.
|Older things, not currently using. When I do, I'll post the results!|
|Clockwise from upper-left: Diana, Diana-F (not F+), Polaroid 100, Polaroid 450, Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid One Step, Holga TLR, Holgaroid (Holga with Polaroid back, back row), Holga BC, Holga Pinhole.|
|No matter the camera, if Polaroid film (integral or peel-apart), or roll film, I tape a piece of the package to the back of the camera it's loaded into. Otherwise I forget.|
|Clockwise from upper left: cardboard pinhole camera (from kit), Macy's Department Store Christmas promo toy camera, Arunas-built tobacco box pinhole with Polaroid back, Brownie Holiday edition.|
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Essentially. A thirty-one year old unsolved missing child case reopened, and memories resurface for many of us who remember the news coverage all that time ago. Six year old Etan Patz got permission to walk the very short couple of blocks from his building (blocks in Soho are very small... we are not on the same scale as uptown) to his school bus stop one day back in May, 1979. He never made it, and has never been found. His grieving parents have been forced to live the nightmare all parents fear. But now new evidence has suddenly given cause for around the clock blockade of a section of Prince Street which falls along the route taken by Etan as he headed for the bus stop. A buidling's basement there is being jackhammered and searched. It will take a bit of time to break through all the cinderblocks and cement, but I do not think they will stop until they finish the task. I went out there last night to document what hopefully will end in a final closure to his mother and father who deserve so much more, but nothing less. My prayers to the investigators and to them.
|A bouquet left on the police barricade in memory.|
|NYPD and official vehicles.|
|Traffic in Soho diverted off of Prince St.|
|News Stations' vans lined up along Wooster, from CNN to foreign news channels.|
|ABC Eyewitness News van on Prince St.|
Saturday, April 14, 2012
sMacVision page, and while it is an adjustment to get used to, I don't find it so visually offensive. I do think the layout is odd, however. And it required a new 'Cover Photo' to be whipped up. Come and follow me there if you haven't already; it's nice to have new fans, and like this blog, I won't be filling your day with massive amounts of posts! ;)
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Or something like that. What can I say? I know many others equally busy or more so are perfectly capable of tossing in a post every few days or week or so with very little trouble. At least it seems. But I am owning the fact that this is just not as easy for me, taking care of business offline, online, updating the Facebook, the shops, keeping on top of orders, shipments, and personal work. I am not a self-sufficient artist, I do have another day job; living in Manhattan requires it. I am going to try to not beat myself up over not being so present like the many blog-owners I love to follow are. I'm doing my best. Happy Easter, everyone!
These are some of the Paper Mache NYC Racing Puppies still in [slow] progress. They mostly run in circles, and stop for treats along the way, but they have fun, and they're adorable in an imperfect way. More on the sMacVision Facebook page!