A visit to the mausoleum, 29 May 2022

Wilhelm Mausoleum, 29 May 2022. Minolta Hi-Matic 7s/Ilford HP5+/Ilfosol 3 1:9 at 5:30 in Rondinax 35U Down in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE is Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home and Mausoleum. According to Wikipedia it is the first and oldest crematorium west of the Mississippi River, and the largest privately-managed indoor burial site in the Pacific Northwest. It's big,... Continue Reading →

Boise trip: The photo report

Camel's Back Park, Boise. 16 September 2021. Olympus XA2/Kodak ProImage 100 The last time I flew was in November of 2019, a visit back to New Haven. Not only was this trip pre-COVID, but it was pre-film (or post-pre-film?) I of course wanted to bring a film camera or two to document my Boise, Idaho... Continue Reading →

Olympus XA2: Zen perfection

For the uninitiated: The Olympus XA2 is a 35mm compact camera produced by Olympus in Japan from 1980 through to about 1986 or so. This small camera was designed by Maitani Yoshihisa. It was the second of the XA line which introduced "clamshell" style cameras to the world, as a sliding cover served as the... Continue Reading →

Olympus XA2: An appreciation

I received my Olympus XA2 camera from my friend Paul back in the pre-history known as "February". Displeased with the idea that I picked up a late film era super-zoom (the Pentax IQZoom 170SL) he gave me his extra XA2 so I'd "see the light". And I did, though I still dig those IQZooms. The... Continue Reading →

Film Photography: Keeping it under check

Lucia Falls, East Fork Lewis River. 7 Sept 2020. Camera: Olympus XA2. Film: Kodak Pro Image 100. Since I acquired my first film camera in about twenty years (the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s) in January, I've picked up several cameras. It seemed inevitable: there's so many good vintage 35 mm cameras out there, and many of... Continue Reading →

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