early december 2012.
i have a very favorite park in boston. it’s not the public gardens or the boston common. it is very small park. it is in post office square and it is quiet, serene, pretty and always uplifting. it reminds me a bit of new york’s central park, though far smaller — right in the middle of everything, yet a break from it all. i took my holga there (and my canon eos 3) and took a few shots. walk with me if you like! the first is on the way and the rest are within the park itself:
most shots taken with my holga 120n, kodak 400 t max. the last is from my canon eos 3, 50mm f1.4, ektar 100.
carl and i don’t go to salem willows enough. and that’s been changing recently. while the harbor is right across the street from my house, the willows is a very special place.
i am always drawn to the sea — it’s why i live where i do and it is always something i am aware of. at one time, long before i met my love, i thought about moving closer to my dear sister, kathy, but i just couldn’t make the change — she is only about 45 minutes from the ocean, but it just felt like i was losing a part of myself. the smell, the sound, its beauty — i couldn’t leave it.
a long time ago, when i lived in lynn (lynn lynn city of sin, you never come out the way you went in), right by kings’s beach, i could also see the water from my window and, i loved walking this huge beach with my dear cairn terrier, sidney and then her little baby, my precious emrys! i was always very sad for them when summer would come because no dogs were allowed on the beach. but as soon as we were able, off we went, them running around like crazy-happy pups and me, basking in their joy!
we also would take vacations in provincetown, which, for those who are not familiar with cape cod, is right on the very tip of the cape — it’s beaches are stunning and it is particularly stellar in the winter. so bleak. so pale. so gorgeous. and, in the summer, my dogs would swim like they were huge water dogs–particularly sidney–and then flop on the blankets and soak up the sun. ooooo to be a dog!!!!
in those days i had two cameras: my minolta srt201 and my polaroid one step! i can see, in my minds eye, some of those moments we shared! i will, at some time, post some of those old shots!!!
but on with salem willows–a place that still has that honky tonk feel (in miniature) but, at one time, was a real amusement park! my mother told me that my great uncles would load up the huge clan and take them all for the long drive (then) from west medford to salem. she loved it and has wonderful memories of her family and all the fun they had! and i have some of those old photos too–from their trips to salem willows, kings beach and other beaches in our area. i have one with my great aunt bertha, my mother and some of my aunts (all young girls) at kings beach with my great aunt’s model t (i think) in the background!
so here, at last, are some more shots from last saturday, 10 november 2012!!!
and cats, dear annie and parker. oona is a hard one to pin down!
you probably notice that i have taken more than one shot of that little turquoise house! it is one of my favorite little things in the world! such a silly little thing!!!
today it is bleak outside and i am home from work sick (tummy issues) but the good thing is i got to catch up with some of my shots from my visit to Chatham, New York to see Deirdre and Cara and meet all of Deirdre’s family: Jason, Shoshanna and Elisheva! and of course Hazel, Ivy and Freddy.
so here are a few of my film shots, using my canon 3 with my 100mm f2.8 lens and my new favorite film: ektar 100:
Deidre is a beautiful woman and so are her two daughters!!!
when i looked at the photo i took of the lovely Cara, i knew it needed to be cropped because the background was soooo blown out — but then i couldn’t decide which shot to use! so here are both of them!!!!
i wanted to take this building (and oh so many other ones) home with me!!!
generally i do very little with my film shots — usually cropping is about it — but i decided to play with this shot of Elisheva and Shoshanna! so here is the original and my vintage rendition!
i hope i get to meet up with everyone again soon!!! it was such a delightful day!!!!
we actually had a visit from the sun thursday morning and it was glorious! what a way to start the day–finding light everywhere and my only duty to try, to TRY, to capture its essence. well, i think i have some work ahead of me but i am enjoying the process! ALL SHOTS TODAY ARE FROM MY CANON 3, ILFORD 400 FILM, 50MM F1.4
this is canal street in boston, well the first, second and fourth. the third shot was actually on my way home–another lovely walk. there was a gymnastics event sponsored by athletic company–great for people watching!
this woman caught my eye because, shooting in black and white, i knew the contrasts would be great so i had to take her photo–i admit i tried from the side and the shot was not as good as it should be. i need to get braver!!!
and back to the beginning of the day on canal street! glorious sun!
Last Saturday, Carl and I took a ride to the country (well, as country as it gets around here!) and went to Tendercrop Farm in Newbury! We had a grand time: a gorgeous locale, wonderful produce and gifts and, best of all, a petting zoo!
Yesterday! I shot all these with my canon 60d, 100mm f2.8 lens and I am trying to stop down by two stops instead of shooting wide open as I am wont to do. This first shot I desaturated a bit, as I usually do but the next one is very vivid! I think I just NEED vivid sometimes, do you?
I think I generally go for a very tight shot and I am trying to step back and do some more story telling — it’s something that I love in others photos, so I am going to try more of that as well. I love getting street shots — I think that’s my favorite!
And everyone knows I love animals! All animals and I do adore the pigeons!!! I find them so entertaining and they always remind me of my sweet cairn terrier, Emrys!
Downtown Crossing in Boston is going through a huge change, actually it is an area that has seen tremendous change since I was a child. But right now there seems to be a clash between lots of new buildings and the fact that many of the store fronts are empty. I think the city is trying to bring more activity to this location by having live music, a bazaar and even, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a beer and wine party!
North Station. It is the station I go through everyday and, let’s just say, it is “interesting!”