Analog One

Last month, whilst in Portland, I picked up a disposable camera from a Rite Aid downtown. Why? I'm not entirely sure why, but I wanted to capture a little bit of my trip on film, and this was the quickest way of doing so. I've seen a couple people do whole series on disposable cameras, and they always turn out so dreamy.
I love the clarity of digital and the fact that you can take thousands of frames and delete most of them is a nice luxury, but there's something about waiting for film to be developed that you don't get with digital. Will all the prints turn out? Will they be too dark? Did I capture something I don't remember capturing? What the hell did I use all these 27 exposures on? I want them now! 
It's the anticipation that makes these frames that much more special. The only sort of editing I did on the digital prints was slight brightening on a few of the darker photos. Two exposures didn't really turn out, but for the most part I'm happy with what I got.
When my friends and I were down at the food trucks, this was the point when we walked by Hozier sitting on the sidewalk eating a sandwich and we kept walking, like idiots. *stupidstupidstupid* Oh well, he's coming back on tour in February, so I won't give up that chance again. Ugh.
The rest of the shots I used in the city, buildings and parks, all my favorite parts of Portland. Even with the new cars, the familiar green tinge of the coloring makes these all look so vintage. It's the kind of coloring that VSCO Cam-ers dream about. Confession: I love using VSCO Cam.
I did get one decent shot from the Oregon Zoo, a.k.a the saddest zoo known to man.
Now more city photos.
This was the location Ghost Adventures filmed at when they did an investigation in the Shanghai Tunnels in underground Portland. Part of me wanted to capture an orb or something.
Voodoo is always the last place I go to in Portland - mainly because I always bring grub home for friends. 

But I didn't use all my exposures in Portland. I had several left, so I took the opportunity to take the cliche Seattle tourist photo on the rare occasion of being downtown (my roommate were at my landlord's office signing the lease on our new house!!!).
But I used the rest in Gig Harbor - on a particularly grey afternoon downtown.
Yes I was taking pictures while I was driving. So call the cops.
Someone had just left this boat down at the Jerisich Marina to sink. It was quite sad.
It's weird looking at these shots from Gig Harbor, because I never really photograph my little town. It really is pretty, no matter how much resentment I feel toward it for being so damn boring all these years.

Anyway, because I get too deep into reflection about my hometown, enjoy these little bits of analog in this otherwise digital world.

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  1. Digital photography has changed my eye ... I kept thinking "if only the focus was a little better" then remembering "oh. this is what fixed-focus looks like." Even the on-target shots have this gauziness about them from the qualities of the lens.

    And I thought disposables weren't even a thing any more! I had someone tell me Kodak had discontinued them, when I went into a dollar store looking for one while we were on a road trip and had used up the one disposable we brought with us.

  2. I love the Portland pictures. I love the way disposable cameras look. I still wish we had said something to Hozier lol