day 62

By Jes • Uncategorized • 13 Nov 2009

Today I spent a lot of time finishing up a project to be able to send to the people it belongs to. 

I worked on cleaning up a few other things on my dear little laptop to make space for the next things that I'll be working on. I also wrote quite a bit today. All great things. 

Tonight, I got a chance to hang out with my friend Joni. I haven't seen her since we got back from our trip to Japan (she has been teaching English there for the last two years) and it was so much fun to hang out. We met in the darkroom of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and went though many many many many college art classes together. We have an amazing understanding of the way each other thinks – perhaps it  has something to do with all of the photo chemicals we were smelling those first years, perhaps something more. Either way, I am so very happy she is back living in this country! 

We rarely take photos together. I'm not sure why, but we just don't. We didn't take many together in Japan either. It isn't a bad thing, it is just a thing. 

Tonight I decided we should take a photo, and instead of reaching for my digital, I grabbed one of my polaroids. We took 3 shots (one didn't work out), I scanned both into my computer, then she kept one original, and I kept one original. For some reason, it felt so much more fitting, more of an event, and more authentic than a digital photo. I don't hate digital cameras at all. I do think they are great, and I love using my little Canon Rebel DSLR – it is fast, it takes great photos, and most of all it is convenient, but there is something about having a print immediately from a moment in time, that just can't be beat. So here are the photos. I don't know if they will end up in my end project, or if they will just be great prints as a memory of a fun night. Either way, I think they are awesome and they have gotten me thinking about photography and digital and analog in a different way tonight. I think even more than I do already, I'll be putting down my digital camera and using one of the many analogs. There was a time when I didn't have a digital camera. I enjoy exploring that time again.

Until tomorrow.