Canon AE-1 35mm
Kodak Portra 400nc
Laura and I hooked up with Tom Lehman & Co. for some outdoor enjoyment in early August when she was visiting from Nashville for a few weeks. We’d wanted to do some camping while she was here and I was finally able to simply take a day off work to accomplish the necessary freedom of time to spend some of it in the wilderness.
The afore-mentioned Tom happened to be camping that same weekend and invited us to enjoy with his crew what is quite possibly the most amazing camping spot I’ve ever seen. The view of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood itself was amazing, and enjoying the weekend with friends and especially with Laura was perfect.
Quite a beautiful collection of images I’ve come upon today. Last night a friend stayed at our house. She and her travelling companions are from the area of Atlanta. Amidst conversation that lasted into the night, I described a love that I hold for the romanticizable South, which includes in many respects the aesthetic of simple lives and faded colors. Coming across these photographs today remind me directly of this sentiment that somehow resembles nostalgia.
Some of you may be followers of Parker’s project this year, combining a polaroid photo and quote for each day of this year. (see here on flickr) I remember a day at the beach well over a year ago when Parker first put a newly acquired Land Camera into use. It was a cold and windy day but the best part of the memory is remembering how that idea became a reality and in the last 6 months has become a success. I love seeing such movements happen, and I’ve even been fortunate enough to be the visual subject of a few small pieces of his project.
The Hasselblad photos below are from that first day, and the polaroids at the bottom are a few of my favorites of Parker’s work on this project so far this year.
Heart of mine! What strange surprises
Mount aloft on such a stair!
Some great vision upward rises,
Curving, bending, floating fair.
This is Michal Angela Wilson. Dear friend, genuine soul. Portland, Oregon, December 2009.
Its fall again. I seem to have been seeing this guy every September for the last few years, and we always come away with some great photos. Last year we met up in Felton, CA, this year Andrew spent a few weeks with us here in Portland.
Listen! I will be honest with you;
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes;
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,
You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d—you hardly settle yourself to satisfaction, before you are call’d by an irresistible call to depart,
You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those who remain behind you;
What beckonings of love you receive, you shall only answer with passionate kisses of parting,
You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands toward you.
– Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road