LC-A+: Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA

I found this abandoned Catholic high school by accident a couple weeks ago, when I was driving to Breaux Bridge. I’m sure I’ve driven past it before, but never noticed it. I went back there on Saturday (leaving early in a pretty much futile attempt to beat the heat).

It’s behind a chain link fence, but rule #1 of abandoned building photography is never underestimate the power of local teens to make holes in chain link. As it happened, sneaking onto the property turned out to be unnecessary. There was an elderly gent mowing the property, and he said so long as I didn’t try to enter the building I could walk around. The building isn’t safe, some of the floors have collapsed and it’s full of asbestos.

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And the new batteries did the trick, obviously. So this is the 35mm I’m bringing to California.

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Yashica MG-1: Fuji Neopan

I’ve been re-discovering my love of black & white over the past year. Like most people who learned photography pre-digital, I was taught on black & white and didn’t start shooting color until I was in my mid-20s. Fuji Neopan is my favorite 35mm black & white; I also really like Lomography’s black & white 110 film, Orca.

Some of these were taken in Mississippi at Rodney and the Windsor Ruins, and I finished the roll at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.


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portfolio: round 2

(Sorry about the lo-fi cell phone photo, but I’m assuming you’ve seen these actual photos before anyway.)

I ordered the second round of my portfolio prints from Adoramapix.com on Thursday and got them yesterday, which was super fast. They did a fantastic job again.

The 2 on the end are both 11×14 prints on Kodak Lustre. The angel with the church in the background was taken in the cemetery of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, LA. It was taken during a Christmas vacation a couple of years before I moved to Louisiana, and is one of my rare digital shots. The other one is my Alligator Festival shot, I’ve discussed that one before. It was taken with my Lomo LC-A+. I recently submitted that to Louisiana Life magazine, but I haven’t heard anything yet.

The middle one is an 8×10 on Kodak metallic paper, the light sparkles look amazing on that paper. It was shot in Morgan City, on the Atchafalaya River dock facing Berwick, late winter, late afternoon. I used a Holga 35 BC. I decided not to go with the larger size because it’s not entirely in focus–it’s a plastic-lensed camera and I was shooting directly into the setting sun. It suits the subject to have softer edges, but I thought blown up really large it would become distracting.

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As promised! So far I’ve only shot with Fuji 400 in these cameras, but I think I’m going to experiment with some funkier film, probably some expired film. I mean they look weird anyway, because the cameras are basically toys, so why not go all out?

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This would have been a lot neater if the sun hadn’t been glaring directly into the lens, but I still like it. I did what I could to cut back on the glare and fiddled with the exposure and color saturation.

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You can see my entire set of SuperSampler shots, including some more from Louisiana, here.

the cathedral of st. john the evangelist & cemetery

One of the things I did this trip that I never have before is to go see the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. We could only see the outside, because it was closed to the public (except for masses) during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but it was still worth the trip — which is only about a 20-minute drive from Abbeville. And the attached cemetery, which dates from 1820, was open, so you know I was in heaven, because I LOVE photographing old cemeteries.

The style is Dutch Romanesque. Romanesque was the style before Gothic, and you don’t see a lot of (relatively) modern churches built in it. Gothic is much flashier, with the flying buttresses and huge windows and stained glass. But I think Romanesque has its own quiet beauty. “Dutch” I assume refers to the façade, which I found very charming.

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This is one of my favorite photos that I took during the whole trip. I also have a version of it with the lomo effect that looks awesome.
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