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Month: August 2014

Holga-ing Around the MPLS Photo Center

Back in July, the Minneapolis Photo Center had an exhibit on called “100 Years of Cameras and Photography.” It was a lot of fun to see all the vintage cameras and equipment. There was also a talk by Tom Arndt, a native Minnesotan who has been documenting life in these parts since the 1970s. His photo books include “Home: Tom Arndt’s Minnesota” and “Men in America.” It was fascinating to hear him talk about all kinds of photo topics, including Vivian Maier and why he still shoots black and white film.

It was a beautiful evening and Wendell and I got to the MPLS Photo Center early so we wandered around the area a little bit. The railroad tracks are close by and there are lots of warehouses and construction-related businesses in the neighborhood.

All the photos from this roll are on Flickr in the Roll 21 album if you’d like to take a peek.

Holga Week 2014 – Part Two

This year, the week of July 21 through July 27 has been designated “Holga Week 2014.” I absolutely LOVE the Holga camera, especially the original 120S model. Sadly it’s been discontinued.

I own quite a few different Holga models, including the 135BC that I used for Roll 20 of this year’s 52-Rolls Project. During Holga Week I also used my Holgaroid, a Polaroid back for the Holga medium format model.

Interested in learning more about the Holga? Check out the Holga Wikipedia page.

Do you use a Holga camera or two or three? I’d love to see your work! Share a link in the comments and let us know where we can find you.



Hanging With Big Ole in Alexandria, Minnesota

Wendell and I took a drive to Alexandria, Minnesota, to check out the Runestone Museum and Fort Alexandria. And of course see Big Ole!

The Runestone Museum’s website says:

The Kensington Runestone and the enduring mystery of its origin continues to be the hallmark of the Runestone Museum. This intriguing artifact was discovered in 1898, clutched in the roots of an apen tree on the Olof Öhman farm near Kensington, MN (15 miles southwest of Alexandria). The Kensington Runestone has led researchers from around the world and across the centuries on an exhaustive quest to explain how a runic artifact, dated 1362, could show up in North America.

For more information on the stone, check out the museum’s website. The museum includes the “Snorri,” a 40-foot replica of a trans-Atlantic Viking ship.

Big Ole is across the street from the Runestone Museum. He’s 28-feet tall so it’s hard to miss him! He’s got an entry on the RoadsideAmerica website if you’re interested in learning more about him.

Pinhole Travels: Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois & Minnesota

I was living in Newport, Rhode Island, four years ago when I loaded up a 35mm Vivitar pinhole camera and shot the entire roll around the house. This photo of Truman in the kitchen is from that first roll. The camera is fun and easy to use, I’ve just got so many cameras loaded at the same time!

Truman in the kitchen, Newport, RI
Truman in the kitchen, Newport, RI

The second roll was half exposed when I put the camera on the shelf soon after. I decided to dust it off and finish the roll for this year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Sadly, because of Wendell’s retirement and our relocation to Minnesota, I didn’t finish the roll in time to upload anything to the WPPD website. But this is MY website, so better late than never!

The roll starts in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2010, and comes to an end in South St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2014.

All of the photos from this roll are on Flickr in the Vivitar Pinhole Camera No. 2 album. There are a few more photos from Ohio, and three from the backyard in Arlington, Virginia, so technically the roll covers five states! Also, I wrote a brief blog post about last year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, as well as WPPD 2012.

If you’re interested in the camera, I bought it from Foto Fourteen’s Etsy shop.





The XA Files: Revolog Kolor Road Trip

I finally broke down and used a roll of Revolog Kolor film I’ve had in my stash for too long. I shot it in the Olympus XA 2.

I have to say I’m not really wild about the XA 2. At least I haven’t been too excited about the results I’ve been getting with it. The photos are dark and grainy and kind of yucky. (See The XA Files: Minneapolis and The XA Files: Northeast Minneapolis ‘Edges’.) I was expecting photos from the XA 2 to look more like photos from the Lomo LC-A.

The XA 2 didn’t do the Revolog Kolor film justice. I’m planning on shooting another roll of Kolor with a different camera. I really like the look of it!

Anyway, on to the photos!

The roll started in Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA. I took a few photos during our drive from Arlington to my parents’ house in Dayton, OH. We stopped there for a few days on the way to the Twin Cities. Finally the roll ends at Gerten’s, an unbelievably cool garden center near our house in South St. Paul.


The entire roll is on Flickr in the Roll 18 album. It’s part of my 2014 52-Rolls Project, which is humming right along!