Two more from the afternoon up the creek, this time shot on my Holga using 35mm film for that oh-so-hip sprocket hole look. This is something I clearly need more practice at, because these were the only two images that turned out from the various different efforts I made to use that camera all summer.
But I’m pretty happy with these, so let’s call it good.
There’s a creek that runs through camp. You can spend hours wading along it’s banks, following it’s meandering trail.
One day we did.
We found lots of good skipping stones, the rusted remains of a hella old car, and I somehow managed to not slip on the wet rocks and dunk either myself or my camera.
I have come to appreciate, as of late, how my years of photographing things have caused me to pay close attention to my surroundings, seeking out details that might make for a good photo.
The result is that I come across neat little things like this piece of an old bee hive, found at camp.
NBTSC is filled with creative people engaged in all sorts of inspiring projects.
One person in particular who I have enjoyed spending time with is my friend Crow, aka DJ Xenoflow. He has for several years running now DJ-ed “secret raves” on various evenings at camp, and in my humble opinion, is pretty capable in that regard.
He and I went for a strolling photoshoot one afternoon, eventually ending up in the empty U-Haul truck.
(there’s a track he put together that you can listen to here, if you’re curious.)
This is John Jones, one half of a pair of very lovely people who were the stewards of the land where camp takes place. They lived on site and took care of the property for 28 years, until they retired last year.
John knows an incredible amount about the surrounding area, and the ways in which the various different elements within a healthy forest interact with each other.
Each year he would take anyone who was interested on a walk through the woods, where we would share some of his vast knowledge, and try to express just how great his affection for this land is.
I don’t know many people who are as connected to the land they live on.
There were times (and these may have been late, late at night) when the kitchen at camp got decidedly, silly.
Just a few of the many talented folk who performed at the NBTSC Concert in Oregon last year.
There are some people that when you meet them, you realize that you’re probably going to be friends forever.
I suspect this is the case with my friend Serena, despite the fact that I very rarely get to spend time with her.
And just in case you had your doubts, that’s paint on her pants. Just so that’s settled.
(Back to the summer)
I’ve been attending this camp that I work at since I was 13. First as a camper, and now on staff.
Seeing as this camp is located in rural Oregon, there many, huge, beautiful trees, of the sort that make this prairie-dwelling fellow’s head explode.
Amongst them, however, one stands out: The climbing tree. It’s roughly 70ft tall, with limbs like a ladder, and can be easily climbed by just about anyone. I have wanted to climb this tree since I first met it. However, heights kind of terrify me, so I have never been more than a few branches up.
Until this past year. Finally, after so many years fantasizing about it, I finally climbed it. My dear friend Emma encouraged me/led the way, and we spent half an hour or so amongst the tree tops. These photos of her are taken just a few feet from the top.
It was worth the wait.
Today’s edition of the (not quite) weekly camera project features my newest SLR, this pretty Nikon that I won at the silent auction at the Almost New Store. Same place as that little “Love” camera that was previously featured on this project. It’s 50mm lens opens all the way to f1.8, making it the fastest lens I have, and thus pretty ideal for when I’m shooting in low light. And let’s be honest, that’s the case most of the time.
So here’s some random shots from the past week!