Sometimes I feel like I've seen most of St. Louis at one time or another -- if not every square inch, then another square inch that's quite similar. I mean, the city proper is less than 67 square miles.
But yesterday I saw a link to this unusual photo project that had the participants throwing darts at a map and then visiting the actual spot where the dart landed, and taking photographs on that block. It turns out there's a lot of St. Louis I haven't seen. Streets I've never heard of -- and I thought I'd heard of them all!
Final photo class was last night. I mostly just developed some photos from my friends' wedding last week. Never did get into the darkroom to make prints, as I suspected I mightn't. Maybe I'll take the class again in the Fall to learn that component.
This is from my Sunday-morning outing to Cherokee Street a few weeks ago. Even when there is almost nobody out, it's surprising how many people want to chat you up when you've got a camera! Within about 10 minutes I got three questions about what I was doing ("are you going to buy that place?", "did you photograph my house up the street?", "did you see that one building -- you know the one -- up the street?") I was feeling a little shy about that so I didn't last too long that morning.
My last film-development class is Tuesday night and I've still not made any prints. I shot some film at my friends' wedding the other night, I would love to at least get that developed tomorrow night. Looks like I might have to take the class again to learn to make prints.
I don't want to wait until Fall to keep developing! I really like doing this. Have been pricing the minimum equipment/chemicals I'd need to do this at home. Not sure that I need one more bunch of art supplies to have to wade through, my house is not all that big. But I am fairly weak-willed when it comes to art/craft supplies. Stay tuned....
I developed this photo last night. It's another one from my Chain of Rocks Bridge misadventure the week before last.
One of the main reasons why I wanted to learn to develop film was so that I could develop 120 (medium format) film, which is what I use in my Holgas and Diana. And now I've developed my first roll, this one, last night.
I've still got a lot to do to feel like I'm comfortable doing this, and the class is more than half over and I haven't begun to think about making prints yet, but I'm having a great time doing what I'm doing and seeing what I get.
I especially like documenting things that are rarely seen or are disappearing. The design sensibility of days gone by tends to make me swoon, as do rural Midwestern landscapes. I primarily use digital cameras, although I do have a great fondness for toy cameras and Polaroids, and use those as well. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work!