DC Streets: Coffee Shop Afternoon on Flickr.
Sometimes I really like how an iPhone shot comes out. Yeah, edited with Instagram. But it still looks nice. Besides, in a small coffee shop, my phone is far less conspicuous than any of my other cameras.
Seriously, in these days of small cellphones, EVIL and mini-sensor cameras, even my M7 looks kinda big. Let alone something as burly as my Yashica.
DC Streets: The Line on Flickr.
I haven’t posted anything in a bit. Though I’ve been taking pictures. My plans during the day this was shot was just to walk across town, but passing the White House I came across a large protest for the Guantanamo Bay detainees. I ended up staying for about an hour to watch what was happening. Eventually the protesters were roped off and I believe arrested. I didn’t stay that long, so I don’t know for sure. The surrounding crowd was pushed back to the park. I didn’t have a long lens, so I went off.
Scenes like this are what it’s like to live in DC. Even if you never really go to the government areas, you probably have to use the Metro and will pass through those areas, so if there’s a massive protest, you’ll probably come in contact with it.
DC Streets: Meditation on Flickr.
I like that this photo is so relaxed. It’s just a moment in the city. Loud, fast and all that nonsense. I generally consider every city to be generally far too chaotic for me. On the scale of fast cities, DC is somewhere in the middle. I’ve lived in New York, and on a recent trip there was reminded just how fast everyone there moves. I was walking with a friend who was moving at NYC speed. I was having trouble keeping up. Heh. Lost that pace.
Still, with this shot, you do see moments of absolute calm. The action can pause. You have to look close to find them. Sometimes, you yourself are that moment. I recall this segment from ‘Transmetropolitan’ by Warren Ellis:
‘…one of those little pauses in the conversation of the City, then; a sudden unexpected quite as everyone stopped to take a breath, and I get one of those little heart-leaps as a girl moves my way, I fall in love for ten seconds the way you do when you see one of those faces, those eyes… held breath for a moment of eye contact that burns into memory - a face I could look at for the rest of my life - and then she’s walked by, the City resumes, fade up the chatter and music…’
I pass that girl every so often. Sometimes I have even taken her picture, if I’m brave enough. Usually I am not. Heh.
Still, this guy, sitting and having a smoke, embodies that brief moment just as well. An eddy in the maelstrom.
DC Streets: Tearing it all Down on Flickr.
I really need to use my film cameras more. Yes, I developed a huge load of film the other week. But I had been holding onto those rolls for a long while. One for over a year… Bad of me.
These devices were made to be used. Triumphs of both simple notions of physics and chemistry, as well as amazing examples of workmanship and precise engineering. Use film. Keep them alive.