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Back when selfies were self portraits

Hair Series Portrait by natalieerachel


Love this girls crazy hair! Though I’m not quite satisfied with the face portion of this drawing because it doesn’t look exactly like her, I figured that I wouldn’t keep erasing and re-drawing for fear of ruining the rest of it. Hope you all like it! (Original:http://www.lomography.com/homes/shrista/albums/1800791-who-i-am-hair-series/photos/15247846)

Talk about talent! And no, I’m not talking about me. In addition to her beautiful photography, Natalieerachel recreates self portraits of other people by hand. I was lucky enough to have my self portrait drawn by her, she has so much talent and goodness knows I wish I could draw like her! Thank you for this, Natalieerachel!

Self portraits have taken on a whole new meaning, giving rise to selfies, cell phone shots, and numerous phone apps to help make the selfie easier and more flattering to take. Before the selfie craze started, I did a self portrait series about “Who I Am” – one of the things I did is exaggerate my hair because that’s how so many people identify me. This is one of the photos in the series, and the one that Natalieerachel recreated.

self portrait, hair seriesWhat kind of self portraits would you take in your own “Who I Am” series?

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More Holga!

So film photography is a love of mine, and here I am NOT taking any photos. So here are a few photos I took recently with a “toy” camera of mine, the lovely Holga, coupled with some expired film. Did I also say that I love experimenting? This particular roll had some mishaps, and without getting into the particulars, you can see how some of the photos blend together and such. But I LOVE those mishaps.

So here’s to taking more photos with film, photography mishaps, and sharing and capturing the little moments in my life. Cheers!

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Bullseye! from Shrista on Vimeo.

So Ev is off in the woods this week for his first hunting trip. Now, before making any assumptions, know that we had a talk about what hunting means to us. For me, I’m a total pacifist. I mean, totally. For instance, spiders TERRIFY me, and yet I won’t kill them unless absolutely necessary. I even save them. Let me tell you, it makes for good entertainment. Ask any coworker I have ever had. Regardless, I can probably count on one hand how many spiders I (consciously) led over the rainbow.

So, needless to say, I had some reservations about my partner ending the life of an animal. BUT, in addition to being a pacifist, I can understand why people hunt. People are carnivores. I believe in the sanctity of life, but that as long as you approach your food with respect, then hunting, while sad, is okay. In other words, hunt for food, not sport; and use as much of the animal as possible. If E went off into the woods to try and see how many animals he could shoot and then just leave them…well, that’s not honoring or respecting their lives.

Well, good news. E feels exactly the same way. In fact, he told me that he is not looking forward to ending an animal’s life. But he will use every part of the animal and will appreciate and respect its life. So, this post wasn’t supposed to be about our stances on hunting. Rather, it’s about our trip to the middle of the woods to shoot some targets (legally). And yes, no animals or bugs were hurt during this process. 🙂

I made a little stop motion video from 35mm film with my Lomokino camera! It’s a short black and white film. Yes, it’s a little cheesy, but it’s fun. So forget about my hunting rant and check out my ridiculously nerdy stop motion video!

I am already missing Mr. E, but he will be back before I know it!

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The obligatory Pike Place Market visit (Seattle pt. 4)

There were so many fun mini-adventures on our trip to Seattle, which is why I am (not) apologizing for the many different posts I am writing. Traveling is one of my loves, and I don’t get to do it often enough – even if it is just a short car ride away.

So, naturally, one of the places we visited while we were in Seattle was Pike Place Market. It would be silly of us not to! It was a sunny, hot day. Boy, were we glad to have a fresh farmer’s market juice while we enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of the market. We didn’t get my favorite pastry from Piroshky Piroshky this time since we just had an incredible seafood feast before going to the market. But next time, Seattle. Next time.
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Little Things #35: Reflecting in Seattle

Reflection of downtown SeattleAs we were heading back to our car, on our (umpteenth) mile walk around Seattle, I looked up at a downtown Seattle building and saw this. I love reflections and perspective, and I had to photograph it. Downtown Seattle, I love you.

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Little Things #34: Men throwing boulders, and gifs!

Boys throwing bouldersEvery time E hangs out with other menfolk and there are rocks and a nearby river, he always tries to throw the biggest rock he can find into the river, along with every other rock he can find. Same with the other menfolk. I am not joking. Even Jeremy (rock thrower on the right) has a 3-year-old son that loves to do the same. Apparently it’s a thing. I might not be as into throwing rocks into a river, but I LOVE gifs. So there you go. 🙂

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Who’s a happy camper this weekend?

I'm a happy camperNo need to second guess what I am doing this weekend! I’m a pretty happy camper (literally) when I’m out in nature. This weekend is no exception, as I get to spend it with my best friend. We don’t live too close to one another, so we are meeting halfway to camp out on the mountain. This weekend will be full of BBQing, teaching a 2-year-old how to roast marshmallows (mine will be vegan…but still fun), staring up at the stars, exploring the mountainous woods, campfires, and some of the best company I could ask for.
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Photo project: I see double!

Film doubles - pattern with cute monster

Film doubles - crane with bike

Film doubles - flowers with patterned fenceProjects of any kind are always more fun with friends. The same also goes for photo projects. For this one, I shot a whole roll of film. After I finished up my roll, I gave it to my friend to shoot photographs on the same roll…meaning she was going to take photos over the photos I just took.

In the analogue photography world, this is called “doubles” or “multiple exposures.” You usually shoot both layers yourself (and immediately) so you have some control on what the end result is going to look like, but I went all in for a surprise!

The results from this project are some of my favorite photographs, mostly because they are so much fun to shoot, and I love the surprise that comes from developing your film and figuring out what we created!

Have you tried your hand at doubles or multiple exposures? Share your results!

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Love in analogue

Kiss from Shrista on Vimeo.

Kiss. ❤ Trying to do more with my film “video” camera, the Lomokino. It shoots 35mm film, sort of like a Super 8. This video is a bit dark (I knew this would be the case, but there wasn’t much I could do with the timing and sunset), and I left all of the dust marks and such in. It gives it a vintage feel, right? Um…sure.

I can’t wait to do some more with my camera! I treated myself to it as a Birthday gift last year. I don’t really treat myself often, so I need to keep experimenting with it! Have any ideas for short films?

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