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Our First Visitor to Minnesota

I can’t get my parents to come and visit us. In all the 20-something years we’ve been married, and in all the interesting places we’ve lived, my parents have only visited once. My Mom stayed in the house a few times to watch the cats while we traveled, but both my parents have only visited once together.

But recently we DID have a visitor — my friend Janet from Rhode Island! We did a bunch of touristy stuff and had a blast. Here are a few highlights:

Well, it’s my parents’ loss. Look how much fun we have!

The Wednesday Night Darkroom Sessions

My friend Marcia and I are spending eight Wednesday nights at the Arlington Career Center working in the black and white darkroom. Offered through Arlington Adult Education, the sessions are open to photographers of all levels.

There are quite a few old hands developing and printing, and at least one person is a complete film beginner! She’s had a fair amount of experience with her digital camera, but feels compelled to learn to work with film. Good for her!

I shot and developed six rolls of Kentmere 400 in perparation for the Wednesday open darkroom. I’ve never used Kentmere before and I have to say I love it. I’m very happy with the way the film turned out.


Welcome Home, Voigtländer Bessamatic Camera

On Saturday morning I stopped by Stifel & Capra to hang another piece in the Alcove space. It was super busy on Friday evening during the FIRSTFriday and I didn’t have a chance to look and see what’s new in the shop.

On the way out I saw a camera kit in a glass cabinet and had to take a closer look. It was a Voigtländer Bessamatic in pristine condition. It came with three lenses: 35mm, 50mm, and 135mm. It also came with a leather carrying case and little leather cases for each of the lenses.


This camera is really heavy! We’re talking more than two pounds! It also had a roll of film inside.

I think you know how this story ends. I bought the camera kit. Later that afternoon I took it out for a walk and finished the roll of film.

For more information on the Voigtländer Bessamatic, check out the Camerapedia page about it.