Old Hobbies Rediscovered

For most of my life I’ve enjoyed photography. I took classes in high school and college, but afterward it became difficult to keep up. I didn’t have access to a dark room or chemicals, and I didn’t have the money for a nice DSLR. But as I’ve been cleaning out some of my old things, I found pictures from my college class that made me smile. I liked the worked I used to do, and while it’s not terribly impressive, I’m proud of it. I always felt that photography was another way I could tell stories. Below are some of the pictures I found.

These are just photos of the photos that I took with my phone. You can see the glare from my light and such, but you get the idea. I plan on scanning these and creating some really nice digital copies. These were taken with a Nikon 35mm on black and white, developed and printed by yours truly in the spring of 2007. I’ve had to color correct these because I wasn’t smart enough to scan them with a proper scanner, but whatever.

Alan (Spring 2007)

Alan (Spring 2007)

Continue reading

10 Reasons I Can’t Watch Movies With You: All I Want For Christmas

I just can’t watch movies with anyone but my family. And by watch I mean fully engross ourselves.

My family is very close. We get along really well and have a strong friend vibe that connects us. I never understood families with rigid hierarchies or distant relationships. My Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother are all my closest friends and know me better than anyone. Yes, sure, I lived in a house with them for 18 years. And yeah, I guess I sprang from my Mother’sย loins and instantly had my Dad’s disposition, but so did a lot of people who hate their parents.

This great relationship is definitely due to generally possessing similar personalities, as well as how our parents raised us, but in that is our love of film and television. My family lives through the TV screen. We go to the movies religiously. We talk to each other through references. By experiencing and connecting to films together, we end up experiencing and connecting with each other.ย It is not uncommon for us to celebrate the Holidays by going to see the new big budget release of the year (anyone want to see Les Mis on Christmas??).

Continue reading