an hour or so from here – Steilacoom

After passing an x-ray checkpoint leaving Mexico City, I was wondering if my film would be fucked up, so I shot a lot of crappy frames just to get it developed quickly.

What sucked is having to go through a manual check thrice before actually boarding my plane.

…that’s the curse of being a photo addict who majored in computer science. Looots of electronic stuff on my bag all the times I travel.

Luckily… *Gasp*… not all of the frames sucked. As usual, this is the M6. Portra VC 400, i think.

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Second day. At Linda’s with Moni, Pao, Pablo, and John.
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Day three. Looking for a place in Seattle.
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Random Capitol Hill post
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Day three… Leasing Office
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End of day three… At Linda’s with Paula, Nate and Amir
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After Linda’s we had dinner at the Oddfellows’. Awesome place.
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Yours truly…. photographed by Pablo.

Then we headed to the cinema to watch Slumdog MIllionaire. Goooood film. Funny thing it was made to appeal to a worldwide audience. Smart people.

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Next day at Top Pot. I don’t know why I love it so much. Maybe because it conveys a sense of sadness.
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A cold day… this is the view from the apartment.

Some other day, I was online, and said hi to my long time friend, Bob. We are now working on the same software company. It’s strange to take a look around and see many people I used to attend classes with.

Anyway…

Bob did not know I had come.

I im’d him, and he said: “So, when are you visiting?”.

My response: “Take a look at my e-mail address”.

It was quite funny… specially because he was not expecting it.

After chatting for a while, he said that there was this Flickr meet-up somewhere an hour away from here.

I’ve never been a big fan of Flickr, but for a change, I decided to go, see, and then bitch if it sucked.

And so we drove over to Steilacoom, WA.

The meet-up place: Bair Drug and Hardware Store – some sort of Ye Olde Drug Shoppe.

I lugged along some gear… because you know… what if you found something that will be awesome in squared neg…

Now I see that is stupid… I mean… you just need ONE camera to get the job done if you’re good enough. (as long as you don’t need to wire images back…. when photographing just for you).

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This is before the drug shoppe was open…

Then I switched to digital.

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I guess these were mugs of people who helped to remodel the drug store – being originally founded in 1896
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The look from behind the post office booth – the place was packed
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The wall of post boxes

I shot most of it digital… I carried the m6 and the Rolleiflex around, but being so packed, didn´t really feel like using more than a couple of film frames.

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Digital
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Film – photo taken by Bob…
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Typical barber shop right on Main St. USA

After a while, Bob and I just got tired of being with the Flickerites and decided to walk our own path…. down some railroad tracks.

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This is where the tracks led us – Digital
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Flare on film.
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Flare on digital
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I have no idea what was Bob doing or putting on the tracks… you know… this is why trains derail…. hehehe.
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As with previous series, I’m a big fan of photographing shadows as a sort of self portrait with someone else.
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Some random dock
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Simple portrait. Showing Bob some oof blur.
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A restored carriage house.
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A horse’s shoe.
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Tools of the trade

…and that was all there was to Steilacoom.

I’ll try and find out some other places to go to.

Anyway…

Hope life catches you well…

J