Thursday, January 28, 2010

can't wait

I can't wait to buy some film and enjoy having some photography adventures real soon. I'd taken about a two week break from spending money on it, but I'm feeling the itch again... It's almost pay day. I'm so glad I picked up this new film hobby - it's been really fun and life-giving for me. And I need to continually work on doing purposefully life-giving things.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Photography inspiration

The Shorpy blog posts very old black and white images several times a day, and often they are really fascinating. I'm not always a huge b&w fan, but this photo of the mountains is magnificent.

Colorado circa 1901. "Ouray from Blow-out Canyon." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. (I also find this photo from that site really poignant and sad - sorry if that's weird. I feel like it's this really feeling picture of life when everything has fallen apart and your very last hope seems gone.)

One Love Photo is stinkin' cool. Why? Well, there's this...

And because, like me, they love film! Ok, and they're uber talented. Seriously. They are legit. They're a husband and wife wedding photography team, and in addition to using high quality digital cameras, they also capture funky/nostalgic/dreamy wedding images by using medium format cameras, and some cheap toy cams, too. You can read more about their style and gear here and see their flickr, where I especially love their film weddings set. (Can I have their job? Please? Maybe one day?)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Last name: ever, First name: cutest

白木屋文化館, originally uploaded by Joseph1204.

Omygoodness this photo is so precious! I've become slightly addicted to browsing flickr for inspiring film photography, and this one really caught my eye today. I looove the deep green, and that chair, and this kid - what a cutie!

(And come on Julie, doen't this make you want to have little bitty kiddos?)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Reading right now...

I'm trying to use my free time to read a little more often, and I got a gift card to Half Price, so I'm reading a few new and old things. Here are some, in no particular order...

A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library)

A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
Bought this a couple of months ago, in an effort to read some quality contemporary fiction. It's definitively thought-provoking so far. I've only got 250 pages to go...

A Perfect Wedding: Inviting the Author of Romance to Make Your Day Beautiful

A Perfect Wedding: Inviting the Author of Romance to Make Your Day Beautiful
by Eric and Leslie Ludy
Out of all the wedding books I've read, this is definitely the best, because it looks at the heart of what a wedding is about, and it's super short and easy to read! I love it because it expresses the Biblical big picture of marriage, and focuses less on details and planning. I've already read through it once, and now I'm going back through to review the highlights.

The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective - Study Guide

The Excellent Wife
by Martha Peace
This book used to intimidate me. Ok... still does. A lot. I learned about it in one of Christine's Sunday School classes, and I've watched several engaged friends read it. Now I'm just getting started in it, but I know it's going to be really refining and challenging.

Rhythm Vision: A Guide to Visual Awareness
Rhythm Vision: A guide to Visual Awareness
by Dennis Roth
Randomly found this in Half Price, so I have no idea what it'll be like. I really hope it's good, it sounds really interesting, seeing the world around you with different eyes.

Feminine Appeal
Feminine Appeal
By Caralyn Mohaney
Love the heart of this book: pointing others to the Gospel by the way you live as a woman.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


So, tonight I read a post about making fun New Years resolutions that you can keep on ohbrooke, and I thought that she made a good point. Although I probably won't do the example of buying one pair of shoes a month, I think it is a good idea to make some light-hearted goals right along with the more discipline-minded goals.

You know I've got my list of new goals going - spiritual, relational, physical... everything. Tried to keep it short-ish. I posted them in my room last night - wrote them on a normal sheet of paper, with a favorite verse from Isaiah on top, and then stuck it on the shinyshiny gold back of my last year's jumbo calender from China. Tonight when I got the idea to add fun resolutions, I added a smaller sheet of paper at the bottom, and then starting doodling all around on the gold. I think it will be a fun way to leave myself notes and pictures.

So, my additional, "fun" resolutions are:
- Weekly dance parties. Alone or with friends, watevs, no excuses! :)
- Find good clean fun ways to smile and have fun more often at work.
- Write for myself and for fun more often.

P.S. Made the new banner tonight. The photo reminded me of Nikki's post. I took it with my new Slim camera that my cousin got me for Christmas - yay!