Instant self-portrait because I’m artsy

picture I took of myself in a mirror
That’s me in the mirror

I took this picture in 2012 or 2013. It was with my Polaroid Impulse camera and I snapped it looking into the bathroom mirror of the studio Cassidy and I first got when we moved to Seattle. I was home alone on a day off from work and had a few shots of film that I took by pointing my camera at odd angles and clicking the shutter.

The old Gas Plant turned into a park trick…

old gas plant factory at a public park
Gas Works park in Seattle

I have talked about Gas Works park being one of my favorite spots to take pictures in Seattle many times here because it is true and I like doing it. I took this shot with Impossible’s black and white instant film. I believe it was with their generation 2.0 of the film, which works really well and gives some great results. I really enjoy shooting with it in my vintage One-Step. This particular shot has an awesome ethereal feel with the soft focus on the plant. I have grown to really like the inconsistent focus of the camera and the results I get from shots. It adds to the randomness that is instant photography.

Expired black and white instant film and Thanksgiving

dinner table set for thanksgiving


This year Cassidy and I joined our friends Adam and Ashley at Adam’s parents house for Thanksgiving. It was a fun time and a good change from our most common Thanksgiving event of watching all three extended versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It takes roughly twelve hours and is totally worth it if you’ve never done it. I brought along my Polaroid One Step and my last pack of Impossible film. It was a box of their first generation of black and white film that expired in February of 2015. I thought it would be a perfect time to snap a few shots and see what happens. Also, to be honest, having a camera to get behind helps out a lot when I’m amongst a group of people. It is a conversation starter and and allows me to relax more.
I took this picture of the dinner table after it was set before everyone sat down. This and the other images I got came out better than I expected for the film being expired. I have had it stored in our fridge the whole time I’ve had it, so it kept pretty well.
I scanned this shot with the Impossible Project’s iOS app rather than my scanner. I really like the results. I also tried out Google’s new photo scanning app and the Impossible app got more details of the photo. The scans I got from Google’s app lost details in the foreground of the image and it was hard to see the forks and knives on the table. With Impossible’s app I was able to get more of the detail that was captured by the original photo. I think I am going to start using their app all the time to scan my instant photos for sharing them here.

Lake Union in Black & White

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I took this shot with my Polaroid One Step on black and white Impossible film. It was shot from Gas Works park looking out on Lake Union.

Green and black film under a bridge and how I feel about the world right now

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I took this while standing under 99 facing down the hill away from the Fremont Troll with my Polaroid One Step on Impossible Green & Black film. It was a weird and fun film to shoot with as I didn’t really have an idea of how it would come out. I tried to over expose as it seemed like the green would darken everything and shooting under a bridge doesn’t have much light anyways.

Being uncertain of how things will come out seems to the general theme in my thoughts lately. I didn’t vote for Trump because I didn’t want him to be President. I think his hateful rhetoric will divide this country even further. Already there have been many reports of people getting harassed and attacked as targets of hate and he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet.

I’m not sure yet of exactly how I want to help, but I know I want to help. I’m a straight white male. If I wanted to I could ride this out and come out relatively unharmed except for paying more taxes, probably. But, equality or the lack thereof has always struck a chord with me. It boggles my mind that anybody who lives in America would think that someone else is less than human based on something that makes them different. Our differences is what makes us stronger and betters everyone’s life. Moving to Seattle and seeing the world differently has opened my eyes to a lot of things I knew little about and I am better for it.

Not being willing to hear each other out is what has gotten us into this divided state. I will admit that I have shut down the idea of hearing out those who disagree with me politically because I couldn’t understand their point of view. The thing to do now is to listen to each other, to find those that disagree with us and hear them out, to debate with them our own view, and to find somewhere we can meet in the middle.

Unless your view is full of hate, racism, and misogyny. I can’t meet you in the middle there. That just has to go. I don’t have to respect that opinion because it has no basis in reality.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post. I just felt like saying something because saying nothing is part of the problem.

I’m going to start saying something. I haven’t been one to post much about politics, but I’m going to start being part of the discussion now. Call me a social justice warrior or whatever all you want. But, I want to be part of the process and have my voice heard.

Right now I’m going to start with donating to organizations doing work I think is important like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the EFFFight for the Future, and others. I know I can contact my Senators and Representative to let them know how I want them to vote and represent me as a citizen and I will do that.

I also want people to know that they can be safe with me. If you are feeling victimized because of your race, gender, religious beliefs, or anything else you can come to me for help. I will believe you and I will do what I can to help.

Black and white polaroids at the Ballard Locks

These shots are a few from a cartridge of Impossible film’s black and white hard color edition film. I really like the contrast of the black and white images with the solid color borders. These particular ones came from a batch of imperfect films I got at a discount from Impossible. I took my camera with me on a trip out to the Ballard Locks here in Seattle. I’m pretty sure it was when my parents were last visiting us. The film still needed to be guarded from the sun and some of the shots may have gotten a little bit more sunshine than they were expecting. But, I still really like them and how they turned out.

Geese in the fountain at the Seattle MOHAI

Geese at the MOHAI
Geese at the MOHAI

The MOHAI is a super rad museum in Seattle with exhibits ranging from the history of the Seattle’s founding and frontier days before statehood to the technology currently being created here. It is something I have come to really enjoy visiting to learn more about this city that Cassidy and I made our home almost four years ago.
On a random day back in 2013 I took a long walk around our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, and into South Lake Union with my Nikon EM loaded with Lomography Color Negative 400 film. This is the same camera I used on my day at SafeCo Field with Cassidy’s dad.
I took pictures of the things that caught my attention. One of which was a collection of geese that were hanging out around this fountain near the MOHAI. They were minding their own business and let me get pretty close to snap this photo.
That day was really fun to walk about and capture things. I don’t do it often and should more.
Anybody want to organize a photo walk in Seattle? What should we take pictures of?

A day at a baseball game in Seattle with my Nikon film camera

Yesterday I posted a picture of an usher from a Mariners game I went to a couple of years ago with my now father-in-law. It was against the Boston Red Sox, whom I had never seen play before as they are an American League team and I root for the greatest baseball team ever, the SanFrancisco Giants who are a National League team.
The day was really fun. As I am not a fan of either team it was fun to simply enjoy the game for being a baseball game. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to look at around at the stadium and see what was happening around me. I had my Nikon EM 35mm camera with me, which actually used to belong to my father-in-law. He gave it to Cassidy long before we moved to Seattle and since I am a big photography nerd she lets me take pictures with it.
I snapped a few shots on some Lomography Color Negative 400 film that day. Here are a few others that I have scanned. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Not a picture of the Usher, but a Usher rather…

Usher at SafeCo field
Usher at SafeCo field

In the summer of 2013 Cassidy’s parents came to visit us in Seattle. One day Cassidy and her mom went wedding dress shopping and her dad and I went to a baseball game. It was the Mariners versus the Red Sox. It was a fun day and we had a great time at the ballpark. As I am neither a Mariners or Red Sox fan, go Giants, I watched the game from a different perspective than I am used to doing. Normally watching baseball and the amazing, awesome, love them until I die San Francisco Giants I am devoting my attention to the game fully. This time I took the chance to observe things going on in the park around me. I brought my Nikon EM 35mm with me and snapped a few shots that day. One of which was this picture of the usher that helped us find our seats. He was very happy to be doing his job, helping people to have a good time and make sure everyone was having fun.

These black and white polaroids are soo pictures I took last year…

I really like my Polaroid cameras and I’m really glad that Impossible continues to make awesome films for them. It is always fun to see the results of instant film, even when it doesn’t work out as I hoped. Stepping away from a digital camera on occasion is a good reminder of what it takes to take a great photo. I don’t consider myself an amazing photographer, more an enthusiastic hobbyist. But, I know what I like and what I want in a photo. So, it is a great challenge to try to get the results I’m looking for. These are some black and white shots I took last year. The black frame is one of my favorite Impossible films. It wraps the black and white image beautifully and helps bring attention to the photo. Working with this film and these cameras is still something I am trying to get down, but on occasion I get photos I feel like sharing. Let me know what you think of them or if you have any tips/experiences with Impossible film in the comments.

Into the distance, on a scooter we ride…

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I took this picture on a sunny day while walking to meet my wife Cassidy at a friend’s house. I had the luxury of stopping every so often to snap a picture of the thing that caught my attention. In this case I had my Polaroid One Step with me and some Impossible film loaded up in it. I have always enjoyed pictures of pathways moving up the center of the photo to the horizon and disappearing. As cliche as it is, I really like it. I also think scooters are really rad. This picture has both, so it wins twice. Please to enjoy.

Space Needle sunset – film photography on a rooftop

Taken with a Nikon EM 35mm camera on Lomography Color Negative 400
Taken with a Nikon EM 35mm camera on Lomography Color Negative 400

I took this picture a couple of years ago from the roof of an apartment building on Broadway in Capitol Hill. It was a summer evening and we were hanging out with friends. I had my Nikon EM 35mm camera with me and wandered off to snap some photos from various vantage points of the roof while Cassidy talked with our friends. This is kind of a common occurrence. Anyways, hiding social anxiety with an artistic endeavor aside, I got a few good shots. This one in particular interests me because it softly and subtly showcases the Space Needle. One of my favorite things about Seattle, seeing the Space Needle makes me feel good and reminds me of how Cassidy and I pulled off moving to this wondrous place that we have called home for more than three years now.
Lately, the Space Needle has become harder and harder to see when we are out in the city. With so much development going on soon we won’t be able to see the needle unless we are standing right under it and that saddens me. As a Seattleite I feel that I should be able to see the Space Needle from anywhere in the city. But, with skyscraper after giant apartment building after new Amazon office space going up everywhere here that is getting harder and harder to do.
So, I like looking at this picture and seeing the Space Needle in all of its awesomeness towering above everything. It makes me happy. Maybe this next summer I should go back up to that rooftop and take a new picture, but I’m afraid the results would only sadden me.

Film photography at Volunteer Park – Seattle

I have a Nikon EM camera that Cassidy’s Dad gave to her and she gave to me to use. It is a 35mm film camera with a 50mm f/1.8 lens on it and is lots of fun to shoot with. I have used Lomography’s Color Negative 400 film in it along with their Earl Grey B&W 100 and have gotten some pretty good results. One of my favorite places in Seattle to take photos is Volunteer Park, specifically the water tower there. The park and the tower have been there since the early days of Seattle. There is a lot of history all over the park, especially in the water tower where there are a bunch of signs to read about the origins of the park.
I just really enjoy walking around there and looking at all of the little details. I snapped a few shots at the water tower using the Nikon EM and some of my Lomography Color Negative 400. There was a moody lighting in the tower that day that comes across really well and adds to the graininess of the film. Shooting film has always been fun and challenging for me as a photographer. I started to learning photography as a kid with film cameras as digital cameras didn’t really exist yet, but shooting digitally for so long I have to stop and remind myself of what I’m doing. I have slow down my process and remember that I can’t just shoot twenty shots of the same thing. Well, I could, but it would take up the majority of my roll. With 36 shots per roll I don’t want to use all of them on one subject.
One thing I really like about shooting film is it feels like an opportunity to be more in the moment when shooting rather than taking pictures and constantly reviewing what I’m getting in an LCD panel. I feel more connected to the subject when shooting film than when I am shooting digitally. This allows me to just observe the world around me and capture what is interesting. It was fun to do this at the water tower in Volunteer park.
Check out the pictures below.

Wooden speedboat steering wheel

Wooden speedboat steering wheel


A couple of years ago my parents came to visit and we took a trip out to Bainbridge Island. Cassidy and I thought the ferry ride would be nice and it would be good to show them the island. We ended up coming across the annual Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival. It was really neat to see all of these boats that have been meticulously cared for by people passionate about boats and sailing and being rich. I had my Nikon EM film camera with me with a roll of Lomography color negative film in it. I took the chance to snap a few photos while walked around. This is one of my favorite shots I took that day of the dash on a wooden speedboat.