I’ve located R’lyeh. It’s near Baton Rouge.

My brother Rian goes back to Chicago today, but he was here for a week and I showed him ’round a bit. We went to New Orleans and I introduced him to some of my favorite spots in Bywater and Marigny–including brunch at Elizabeth’s, where I had the redneck eggs: Eggs Benedict on fried green tomatoes instead of English muffins.

And yesterday we went to St. Francisville and New Roads. The cemetery of Grace Episcopal Church is one of my favorites, and I’ve been to a LOT of cemeteries in the last few years.


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My brother picked up a brochure in the church that talked about some of the families buried there and some of the more impressive tombs. This was built by Ira Smith to be for his whole family, but after he died and was interred within, his heir threw the key into the Mississippi–THREW, not dropped–and it was never opened again.


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This would be a bad place to live in case of zombie apocalypse.


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A lot of the family plots are gated, and some of them have truly creepy details on them.


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This old tomb at the back of the cemetery was the kicker. There was a giant crack right down the middle; also a huge patch of quickmud right in front of it, even though the rest of the cemetery was fairly dry.


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And when we walked around to the back, THE DOOR WAS HANGING OFF THE HINGES AND THERE WERE STEPS LEADING DOWN INTO THE EARTH.

I’m not a superstitious person but I have read a lot of H.P. Lovecraft, so I took my photo and GTFO.

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The Holga 135BC appears to be fixed (sort of)

This is the camera that kept giving me unintentional double exposures when I took it to St. Francisville. I had a roll of Kodak Ektar in it, I used about half of it on that trip and finished it up around here. The film counter isn’t working, I kept shooting and shooting and it only got up to about 12. I thought I had shot more than 36 exposures and since I didn’t get to the end of the roll I figured it was fucked up, but I took it into Walgreen’s anyway. I might not have bothered if it had been any other type of film, but Ektar is one of my favorite color negative films, and I don’t know if it’s going to be made much longer. (Hopefully whoever winds up buying Kodak’s films after the bankruptcy will continue producing it, but no one knows for sure what’s going to happen.)

I got them back earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised: no double exposures, and 37 negatives, which means I must have been at the end when I gave up. (Film rolls are always a little longer than what the label says, so when you shoot with film keep shooting until you can’t advance the film any more.) Maybe the camera just needed to be used to fix what was wrong with it. The counter is shot, but that’s not an essential piece of the camera.


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Holga 135BC: St. Francisville, LA

I went to St. Francisville on Saturday. I’d been there before, during a Christmas holiday before I moved to Louisiana. But it was just to see a couple of plantations and I never really saw the town. It’s adorable and very picturesque, and there are lots of antique stores I didn’t even go into, so I will definitely be going back. Fun fact: the town was the capital of the “Republic of West Florida” for 90 days in 1810. That was basically just like the Bear Flag Republic in California, a group of American emigrants into Spanish colonial territory “seceded” and petitioned President Madison to annex them to the US, and he obliged by adding them to the Louisiana Purchase territory. Whatchoo gondoo, Spain?!

This camera is a Holga TLR that shoots 35mm, and when it works it’s great. But there’s something wrong with the film advance, and I wound up with a lot of unintentional double exposures. I’ll have to see if it can be fixed. It’s only been used a few times, but I’ve had it for 2 years, so I doubt it’s still under warranty.

I also shot about 2/3 of a roll of Kodak Ektar (this is Fuji Superia) that’s still in the camera, and 2 rolls of 120 in my “Asiana” Diana clone that was sent to Dwayne’s Photo.


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This is one of those “unintentional double exposures” that I think kind of works. It’s the Grace Episcopal Church (and cemetery) of West Feliciana parish, the 2nd oldest Episcopal church in the state. Obviously Catholicism is the default faith in this state, but for some reason I always find Episcopal churches are more charming and photogenic.


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This is Afton Villa Gardens. It used to be a house, but it burned to the ground in the 1960s, and the owners either couldn’t afford to or just couldn’t be bothered to rebuild, and constructed gardens all over the property. The site of the house still has exterior steps and bits of wall.


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