Monday, January 23, 2012

black & white holga photographs

The following set of photos was shot on Kodak T-Max 400 film on my holga. Most of them were taken right in my backyard, with a few left from a roof party we had last summer. Not sure that I like the lack of contrast on this film, but hey, you never know with a holga.








Thursday, January 12, 2012

yurt party.

This past Monday night, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate a friend's birthday by renting out the Rock Springs yurt, located just outside the boundaries of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Yurts, in western culture, are commonly located deep in the mountains. They provide refuge for skiers, snowboarders, alpinists, and mountaineers alike. Ours here in JH has a lovely little wood stove, sleeps about 8 people (comfortably) and comes with a trusty "yurtmeister" who cooks you dinner, snacks, and breakfast. On Monday afternoon, we set out on the 3:00 pm tram to begin our treacherous decent down to our home for the night. (I say treacherous only because, like the rest of the US, it hasn't really snowed here this winter. The downward travel was a crusty mess of snow littered with rocks and brush.) After our heinous run to the bottom, we were greeted into the yurt with chips and dip and a welcoming fire radiating from the wood stove. Our night was spent socializing, making new friends, and sleeping soundly igloo? Yes, David and I spent the night in the little igloo that had been built right outside of the yurt. And yes, it was actually warm. Yay for Thermarest! Needless to say, this was one of my favorite experiences I've had so far here in JH, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the winter has in store :)

the yurt.

beverages of choice.

danielle in the igloo.

girls just havin fun!

inside of the yurt.

me and my favorite girls.


Monday, January 2, 2012

real life instagrams

Ah, the new year. A fresh slate. A new beginning. I'm trying to incorporate some new things into my life this year, as I know most people do. In addition to learning a new language and visiting a new country, I've resolved to shoot more film this year. Technology has pretty much taken over the world these days, including digital cameras. People don't even need a camera anymore, they just need a mobile phone. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is looking for ways to enhance their mobile photos to make them look more artistic. Introducing, Instagram. This app allows it's users to take photos and add effects to them to make them look like they are shot on film, or have a vintage look. Every time I use this app, I go "Damn, I wish I was shooting this on actual film because I bet the results would be much more interesting." And that's usually the case. Exhibit A, a roll of REAL film I just got back from my Holga camera. Enjoy, Instagram fanatics :)


welcome to washington


lake union.

fall in seattle.

rooftop hangout.

wilson motel.

bus ride.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Alamo Bowl

Well hey look, it's 2012! Every year I marvel at the fact that the holidays have passed us so quickly. It always seems like such a long wait until they get here, and now it's the start of a new year. I was fortunate enough to spend the last couple of days of the year in San Antonio, Texas with my mom, dad, sister and grandma. As you may remember, I'm pretty much a die-hard football fan when it comes to the University of Washington, so of course I had to go. The huskies were chosen to play Baylor in the Alamo Bowl this year. Baylor is ranked 12th in the nation and their quarterback just won the Heisman Trophy. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting a victory. To my surprise, the huskies put up an amazing fight and ended up losing in the fourth quarter 67-56, the highest scoring bowl game in history. Our quarterback, Keith Price, pretty much killed it and I'm thankful that he's only a sophomore. I can't wait to see what the huskies pull out next year! Another highlight of this trip was visiting a new place. The only time I've spent in Texas up until now is in airports, so it was fun to take a mini-adventure somewhere new. San Antonio has a river that flows right through the city. They've taken advantage of this and built what is called "The Riverwalk." It's filled with Mexican restaurants, quaint bars, and boat tours that go right through it all. I loved the Spanish architecture and colorful umbrellas. It was also over 70 degrees during my visit and I welcomed that much-needed t-shirt weather. Everything was in walking distance, which made the trip that much easier. I also got to visit the Alamo, an old mission that sits right in the heart of downtown. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

the riverwalk.



downtown trolley.

the historic alamo.



me and my sis, husky pride!


purple margaritas for days!

husky band takes the field!

the alamo dome.