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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rollei film backlog, Coney Island and an old birthday

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So this is film from an old Mermaid Parade, I can’t tell what year but perhaps my friends know because I captured the Otto’s Shrunken Head float from that year. Most of the pictures I took with my Rollei at this parade are not particularly good. I’m not that great of a doc type shooter. Anyway these are fun and less bad than some of the others I’ve taken.

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And let’s have some from that float.

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And let’s ride off from the parade with some more cars

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So these last pics are from my little twin sisters second birthday. They are nine now. The baby boy is my nephew Masai who is 8 now.

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I could tell what birthday this was from the candle in this pic, those things are good visual aids for photos.


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Everything from here on out was not sorted by subject, so I expect a the last 15 rolls will also jump around subjects and maybe back to one of these again. Almost done.

Posted by Amber Sexton on 12/28 at 05:17 PM
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rollei film backlog, end of the year mishmash

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This shot is in McCarren park, back when the Saturday farmer’s market was actually within the park.

So this is the end of the year and time to evaluate how I did on my New Year’s resolution to develop all my old Rollei film. I did pretty well though I did not finish. I have 15 rolls left, I guess I should have counted them all but it was definitely over 75 so it means I developed 60 rolls. I think what was good about it was the archeology of my life that it was, and my ability to look at a lot of bad photos, and it somehow having lower stakes because the film was so old. I did find little bits of charm and the occasional unexpected happy accident, which is a good outcome of the self sabotage of putting film a drawer for 7 years. I’m sorry to see it end in a way.

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That’s also McCarren, which all the locals will know immediately.

I have two posts to put up by the end of the year (including this one I guess, so one down!) Because I’ve gotten two batches processed since I last updated. I will send three more batches and then it will all be over, this will go into next year, by less than a couple months. Then it’s up to me to keep shooting with my Rollei, along with my phone and DSLR. Then I’m committed to getting the shutter speeds on the camera looked at and seeing if I can get the viewfinder magnifier adjusted to align better with the glass, that is my resolution on it for 2014. I’ve already gotten a bright screen put in during a previous repair of the camera. In the time since I’ve bought this camera I’ve developed the need for reading glasses which makes using it a bit difficult and I have to come up with a process that works better.

There is film from my neighborhood in Brooklyn, New Orleans, the swamp tour I took when I was there which is not in the city but close to Slidell, and a roll from Venice which I guess fell out of bag and became part of my uncategorized hoard. Let’s put up the Venice frame here because it’s cute it’s the symbolic winged lion.

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Here are pictures from the swamp, this film is E-6 that I didn’t remember shooting and I went ahead and asked them to cross process it. Oddly E-6 was more expensive processing at the mail away lab, which is odd to me as a person who worked as a photo assistant in the days of shooting chrome, when it was such high volume, and there were no prints or contacts so it was the cheapest processing.

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A couple from the St. Louis Cemetery. Not nearly as good as the negative film I shot there, which was perhaps the best stuff that came out of this.


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Somewhere in New Orleans, I don’t know the city well enough to say where.

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One of the things about doing this in blog form is I decided the photos didn’t have to be good, some of them were, at least I enjoyed a few. But it was OK with me if they weren’t because most of them were not going to be and this was a project about dealing with procrastination and inadequacy to begin with. It started with a failure, in that 70-80 rolls of exposed film in a drawer is a defeat already, so my thoughts on it were it’s only up from there. I don’t know why I was willing to face that particular flaw this year but I am glad I was finally ready. If I died suddenly and they all would likely end up in the trash anyway, or I could have chucked them to leave behind any guilt for letting it get that way. That could have been a resolution too, for some people that might have been the choice to make. So I hope any of you who watched this unfold enjoyed it or sympathized with it. There will be four more installments and then it’s over, that’s good I think. On to new things.

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Posted by Amber Sexton on 12/24 at 12:15 AM
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A review of my Christmas reading on People.com

Hey I did another mini review at People.com, this one is a book that my mother and I used to read aloud to each other during the holidays. I miss her so much. It’s actually a great book for kids, and I’m rereading it this Christmas and thinking of my mom.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rollei film backlog, a gray day at the beach

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This will be a brief post. Maybe these photos aren’t good enough for a post, but they are here and I’m charmed to remember my niece at this age.


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My sister is still exactly the same as this. I love her.

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Except now she’s a doctor, pretty badass. She’s laughing here, she’s actually the funniest person I know, by an order of magnitude.

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She probably won’t like these pictures that much. But she’s beautiful, and also just a great person.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rollei film backlog..truly the last of film from Venice

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So the last batch of five rolls I sent in had what are truly my last rolls from Italy, and one random one which turned out to be beach and family pictures. And in a twist I actually ran a new roll of film through the camera. It reminded me that it does need work on speeds and possibly the focusing magnifier needs to be aligned. Also it’s harder to use now that I require reading glasses. Anyway I’m breaking up the posts of these bits of film because it is hard to connect it all. I think this picture above is one of the nicer ones I did of San Marco, though it’s a drab day.

Hello and goodbye Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

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Picasso glass sculptures

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Calder wire sculpture

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Calder piece outside, with guy unwittingly mimicking it.


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The “tail” of the sculpture


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Pretty sure this is the boat dock of the museum.


All this sort of qualifies as a drab day for nice scenery. I think this is from the sole gondola ride I took.
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A nice bridge, I forget which one.
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Where the fancy people stay when they are in Venice
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San Simeone Piccolo which you are constantly passing in Venice.
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Goodbye Italy, I would come see you again any time I could
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The rest of the film is completely unsorted in my drawer. So I actually have little idea what is there, my guesses are Coney Island, New Orleans, family beach pics, and random Brooklyn things.

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