After about 5 years of never fixing my mostly not-working poloroid camera, I decided to pick up a Fujifilm instax instant camera. I like the wide format, and that the film is somewhat affordable and readily available. Right away, it’s been really nice having the instant feedback again and I think it will help me decide what to shoot. Here are some photos that I took at the coast this weekend with my first pack of film.
Got word from TJ Nelson, that the second Issue of MUX magazine is out! Unfortunately the first run already sold out, but the second run can be pre ordered here. Really good looking stuff, hats are off.
“The idea for MUX came from a desire to connect to photography in a tangible manner. Because of pocket-sized digital cameras and smartphones, we are amongst an unstoppable flood of images on the internet. Which, in its own way, is wonderful, but I find it difficult to connect to images on a screen.
I created MUX because I wanted to act as a curator to gather the talent of my peers, and then encourage people to take a minute to hold a collection of work that deserves to be pondered on.”
MUX issue 02 04.2013. 8.5″ x 5.5″. 84 pages. Design by TJ Nelson. Photos by matt bublitz, grant hatfield, sam milianta, josh anthony, ephraim chui, spencer davis, charlie wray, trever hadley and brandon getty. $20.
If you live in Oakland you can’t help but notice the graffiti that covers most of the city. Since moving here, I cannot ignore that my landscape changes week by week. It has helped me pay attention to the politics that surround graffiti but also appreciate the art.
Everyday on the way to work I bike by an oil change place that is always covered in graffiti. The roll up doors get painted over each week, and so do most of the walls, except for a spray character by Old Crow. The oil change guys sit in front of the wall in the perfect morning light, smoking and waiting for customers. For all of the reasons above, and out of fear that the character might get painted over, I have desperately wanted to take a photo.
I shoot mostly normal length lens cameras and am without anything telephoto, so I knew that I’d have to get pretty close in order to get the shot. My first attempt at getting the photo, I crusied in and asked a question about prices and snapped a quick photo with my point and shoot and rode off. Only 1/4 guys saw me, so I was pretty happy about that. When I got home that day I found out that my “trusty” p&s, had a broken film advance, and my roll didn’t even take. I was bummed.
Determined to get the photo, I loaded some slide film in my more reliable point and shoot, and waited for a perfectly sunny morning. One came last week, and I pulled up to the place to a not-so busy staff. I up and asked them if I could take a photo of the crow. They looked at me weird, said sure, and moved out of the shot. I snapped the photo, but really wanted them in it. So, I asked them why they kept the crow but kept nothing else. The guys sat down, and told me that they kept it because they really liked it. I took another shot and can now bike to work without stressing. —Tim
Not writing much about music ever, but felt compelled to share new music from SFs Painted Palms. I checked up on Butterfly Bones, a band that I enjoyed around SF, and found out that they have evolved into Painted Palms. Looks like they recently got some love from Kevin Barnes and just released a new EP out on Polyvinyl records. Their song “Click”, which I dig a ton, is streaming at consequence of sound. Side note, if you ever visted me when I lived in SF, the EP album cover is a photo of my old back yard. It’s a crazy small world. –Tim
A short clip of Why? performing January Twenty Something at the New Parish in Oakland – 3/5/13. On a technical note, I needed a digital camera for everyday stuff and ended up with a fujifilm x-f1 point and shoot. So far I am happy with my purchase. I like the images that it makes, and am also pretty impressed that it can take video in such lowlight conditions. —Tim
I saw online that Sam Milianta was sending out zines to whomever wanted one, so I raised my hand, and was sent two: Alone with Everyone, and One Day it’ll All Make Sense (Or Maybe Not) Conclusion: Sam rules. Get your hands on one.