Tuesday, October 23

Words To Shoot By

[Polaroid SLR680SE + expired Polaroid 600 film]
The latest Words To Shoot By is super awesome! The word is "rainbow" and each of us was assigned a color to shoot. Check it out here. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

My color was green, duh. So I went with the rosemary, sage and thyme in the garden.

Saturday, October 20

Sunshine, blue sky and golden aspen.

[Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE + PX70 V4B Test Film] 

The weather has been incredible this month. Gorgeous blue sky almost every day. Crisp mornings and evenings and pleasantly warm afternoons.

This is Santa Fe weather. Perfect.

I would be so happy if it stayed like this all winter long, but alas, I am sure the colder weather will arrive all too soon. I don't mind the snow, but I am not a fan of cold temperatures. And every year, it seems to bother me more. If our house was warm, the cold might not get to me so much, but I do not like having to seriously bundle up just to be comfortable in the house.

There isn't much we can do about it. We live in an old house, we have old heaters and they don't distribute the heat well. And space heaters don't help all that much either. We've replaced all the old windows over the past few years, but even that doesn't seem to make a difference. The heat rises and quickly goes through the ceiling and uninsulated roof.  

Maybe if I had winter clothes that I actually like I wouldn't complain so much. Haha.

But there is sunshine. There is always sunshine. And that is what keeps me going during the winter. Even on the coldest of days, we usually see the sun. And for that I am grateful.

Wednesday, October 17

Some things you may or may not know about me.

[Polaroid Spectra + Polaroid Softtone film]

In no particular order with no particular connections:

  1. I was born in Albuquerque, but I grew up in Santa Fe. (And come to think of it, I was born in a hospital not too far from the Frontier.) 
  2. After graduating from high school, I went to NYU for two years. My second year there, I lived in a dormitory that overlooked Washington Square Park. 
  3. I loved being in the Big City, but it was a difficult time for me so I left. 
  4. Due to credit transfer weirdness, it took me three more years to graduate from UNM in Albuquerque. 
  5. I lived in Albuquerque for 5 years, and for 3.5 of those years, I lived in a house just around the corner and down the block from the Frontier. 
  6. When I first transferred to UNM, I met a boy with a VW bus. He was a hardcore Deadhead and eventually I really got into them as well. 
  7. When I was in high school, it was always a dream of mine to travel the country in a VW bus. 
  8. This dream sort of came true when I headed out on summer tour with the boy and his VW bus. Sadly we only made it to Indianapolis before the bus broke down and he ended up trading it for a VW Rabbit. (Long story.) 
  9. We traveled for two months or so. He dumped me when we got back to Albuquerque. I was heartbroken. 
  10. I still have the pearl earrings he gave me for Christmas. 
  11. Not really a pearl earring kind of girl though. 
  12. After being a vegetarian for 6 or so years, I had my very first hamburger at the Frontier. It was probably a green chile cheeseburger. I have no recollection of getting sick from eating meat again, but I have a bad memory so it could have happened. 
  13. Many orders of hash browns with cheese and green chile have been consumed at the Frontier. I don't think it's open 24 hours anymore, but it was back when I lived there and it was our go-to place at two in the morning after too many beers at rock shows. 
  14. Believe it or not, Albuquerque was an indie rock haven in the early 1990's. Lots of awesome local bands plus most traveling bands stopped through there and I got to see a lot of big names at small places. Good times.
  15. After my hippy days, I started dating musicians. (And I use the word dating loosely here.) 
  16. After the heroin addict, I vowed to never date a musician again. I also vowed to date older men (which had no rhyme or reason since that guy was older than me). 
  17. I ended up marrying a drummer who is six years younger than me. And he is an amazing human being. 
  18. He's never given me pearl earrings. 
  19. I took a lot of photos back then with a point and shoot 35mm camera. And a Polaroid OneStep 600 (that I nicked from my dad).
  20. When I lived near the Frontier (which is across the street from UNM's main campus), I babysat my young nieces a lot. One of the memories the oldest one has from that time is walking to the duck pond on campus without any underwear on underneath her dress. (I think she was 6 at the time.) 
  21. She still likes to go commando. 
  22. I still regret not going to see Nirvana when they played in Albuquerque.

Friday, October 12

More from Chimayo.

[Polaroid Automatic 250 + Fuji FP-100C film]

[Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1 SE + expired Polaroid Artistic TZ Edge Cut film]

[Polaroid SLR680SE + PX680 V4C Test Film]

Thursday, October 11


[All photos taken by Will. Polaroid Spectra + expired Polaroid Softtone film]

Will and I headed up to Aspen Vista early last week to check out the golden aspen trees. I put the Spectra in Will's hands and asked him to take some photos, something he doesn't do all that often. He ended up with these three beautiful shots. (I just wish I could have gotten the blues to scan better. Way more blue and less purplish in the actual shots.) I took some photos as well, but I like Will's so much, I submitted them for this week's Words To Shoot By. Check out all the lovely fall photos here.