Forgotten in a desk drawer film roll #1

There’s another one too, they’ve been sitting there since last spring. This one looks to have been shot during one of my trips along LA-82/TX-82 for what ultimately proved to be a futile attempt to photograph the Sabine Pass Light.

Grand Cheniere, LA

Grand Chenier, LA

Creole, LA

Creole, LA

Mouton Cove, LA

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Lomo LC-A+: Louisiana State Milling Co. building in Abbeville

Last time I used this camera, the Walgreen’s in town got the negatives all scratched up and blamed it on the camera–said there must be a hair stuck between the lens and shutter. I was pretty sure that was bullshit, but I wanted to be sure so I ran a roll through it last Saturday.

No scratches/hairs/whatever (cementing my resolve to use the Walgreen’s in Lafayette from now on), but about half of the photos were really underexposed. I panicked for about a second–this is both one of my most expensive and most often used 35mm cameras–then realized it was probably the batteries. They’re over 2 years old and like I said, I use this camera fairly frequently. Sure enough, the indicator light was flickering. I put in some new batteries and now the light is steady. I’m going to shoot another roll just to be 100% sure, and barring any further problems, this is the camera I’m going to take to SoCal.

We had a lot of rain last weekend, so I decided to stay in town. If it started raining while I was shooting, I could always go home and wait it out, or run errands. A lot of what I like to shoot in south Louisiana–old and/or abandoned buildings, tiny cemeteries, beautiful churches–are right here in Abbeville, but I tend to ignore them in favor of something I need to drive 2 hours to photograph!

Louisiana State Milling Co. building

Railroad Avenue

Louisiana State Milling Co. building

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mini Mississippi road trip: Kodak Ektar in the LC-A+


690526-R1-35-00A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Baptist Church in Rodney.


690526-R1-29-5A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Inside the church.


690526-R1-20-15A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Methodist church in Rodney. If you look to the left of the wrought iron tip, you can make out the cannon ball embedded in the wall.


690526-R1-16-19A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Inside the Methodist church.


690526-R1-09-26A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

The Windsor Ruins.


690526-R1-11-24A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Bases of pillars at the Ruins.

I’d like to go back to the Windsor Ruins in high spring, like maybe a couple of months from now, when all those trees are blooming.

I didn’t finish the roll in Mississippi, so a few days ago I went to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. Of all the churches I’ve seen in Louisiana, that’s still my favorite, even more than St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. I haven’t been there since before I moved to Louisiana, and I’ve only ever taken digital shots with it, not film.


690526-R1-00-36A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This is a photo I took to compare and contrast with one of my favorite digital shots I’ve ever taken. The most obvious difference is depth of field, with film I couldn’t get both the angel and the church in focus, and I chose the angel.

The digital photo is visually cleaner, I cropped it extensively–something I’m reluctant to do with film, unless it just really needs it, like if someone’s arm is sticking into the photo or something–and I also crouched down so the granite surface of the tomb was level with the horizon of the photo. You don’t see any of the cemetery behind the angel, just the church.

And yet I’m hard-pressed to say which photo I like better. The digital shot is probably “better”; but the film shot has a certain texture that’s more pleasing to me, a contrast and a sense of what that particular moment in time was actually like. It’s not as “pretty” but it seems more “real”.

I guess which photograph you like more depends on what you, the viewer, are looking to get out of it.

In other photography news, I’ve discovered a couple of Etsy shops that specialize in vintage Soviet goods, and soon I will be the proud owner of a (film-tested) Smena 8M, manufactured by the LOMO factory in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again) around the time that I was begging my parents to be allowed to stay up late enough to watch this edgy new cop show called Miami Vice. The Smena is a weird mix of cheap plastic housing, confusing manual controls, and a surprisingly good quality leaf shutter (like my beloved Arguses) and triple-element coated lens. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The lens cap has a hammer & sickle bas-relief! It’s weird to feel nostalgic over something that you spent your childhood fearing, but I guess the key word is “childhood”. Besides, I was never one of those Gen X kids who worried about nuclear war. I always figured I’d die instantly, living so close to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, so what’s the point? I had more important things on my mind, like mastering Ms. Pac-Man and finding just the right shade of florescent blue jelly shoes.

They also have Leicas that were released in honor of Lenin’s 90th birthday that look BAD ASS, but those are currently a wee bit out of my range. I’m keeping them bookmarked, though.

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LC-A+, Fuji Superia: Plaquemine, St. Raphael Cemetery, and Madonna Chapel


690418-R1-04-21, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690417-R1-11-14, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690417-R1-07-18, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690417-R1-04-21, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690418-R1-22-3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690418-R1-16-9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690418-R1-13-12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

690418-R1-11-14, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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LC-A+: Krewe of Muses

Happy Mardi Gras! It’s kind of a yucky day today, but I had my celebration last week.

I used 1600 film, but it was a moving parade hours after sunset so there’s still a lot of blur. That’s the kind of photos I like to take of people, though. I’m not a fucking studio portraitist.


689591-R1-34-34A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Pussy Footers.


689591-R1-28-28A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

The Rolling Elvi.


689591-R1-20-20A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Stilt walkers. I would break my neck if I tried to do this.


689591-R1-09-9A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Some high school dance troupe, I forget which one. (And this is why I get pissy when people make ignorant boob-flashing cracks when I say I’m going to a Mardi Gras parade.)


689591-R1-06-6A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

689592-R1-27-29, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

689592-R1-20-22, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Rollergirls.


689592-R1-35-37, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Lady Godivas Riding Group.


689591-R1-13-13A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Heh heh heh. This year’s theme was “Makin’ Groceries”. Making groceries is a NOLA colloqiualism for food shopping. The most common explanation is that it’s derived from the French expression “faire son marché”, to do one’s market shopping–faire is literally translated as “to make” but it’s also used in the sense of “to do”.


689591-R1-07-7A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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lomographers of acadiana: alligator festival

I was initially planning on having this meetup indoors somewhere, as it’s still pretty hot. But I saw this on my list of Louisiana festivals and decided I couldn’t miss it. Luling is in St. Charles parish and not too far a drive from New Orleans, so it’s a fairly big one.

If you’ve never had alligator meat and have a chance to try it, I recommend it. I’ve been eating it for years. It doesn’t taste like chicken, but rather more like a “meaty” fish like swordfish or tuna.

These photos were all shot in my Lomo LC-A+. One was a roll of Kodak Gold and one was a roll of slide film that I decided to have cross-processed. Most of the photos are of the cheesy carnival part of the fair, because that was the funnest part to photograph. But there were also craft booths and lots of food booths.

 


670068-R1-05-3, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670068-R1-13-11, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670068-R1-19-17, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670068-R1-26-24, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670068-R1-24-22, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670067-R1-12-27A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670067-R1-24-15A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


670067-R1-19-20A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

LC-A+: stranded boat

 


stranded boat 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

We had a cold front come in right after Lee. Now, a cold front in September, in south Louisiana, doesn’t actually make anything cold. It just makes it not so unbearably hot. Saturday was only about 80, so I got in the car and went looking for something interesting to photograph. I found this old boat in Coteau Holmes, a CDP in St. Martin parish. There’s something deeply unsettling about boats out of water.

 


stranded boat 9, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


stranded boat 11, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


stranded boat 16, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

 


drawbridge light 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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