What Is Photography To You?

Hasselblad Aug

What is photography to you? Does it change depending on the format you’re using?

I try to shoot with film constantly and every time I get my pictures back from the photo store, they feel so much more precious than my digital snaps. I love the graininess of it, the unexpected purple hue, the sense that I photographed something well without the help of a computer telling me that I’m not exposing properly.

I didn’t realize this but photography has become the thing I go to when I need a moment of quietness. When I’m feeling just a little bit too suffocated by people…work….life, I instinctively grab my camera and go for long walks.

And analog forces me to focus on a photo and let me just phase out my worries.

All images photographed on Kodak Portra 400 with a Hasselblad
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Sunday In A Jar

Sundae

So last time when I made pie crust cookies, I was left with the dilemma of having leftover pie crust. Obviously there were many things I could’ve used it for but I was craving something else. Inspired by my favorite Big Gay Ice Cream treat, the Mermaid (which has vanilla ice cream, key lime curd, homemade graham crumble, and whipped cream), I wanted to make a sundae. I thought of using the same pint of vanilla ice cream I used for my pie crust cookie ice cream sandwiches but nope, I had an even better idea.

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Pie Crust Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwich

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade but what happens when a friend gives you a big bag of plums? This was my dilemma couple weeks ago. “Sure,” I said to my friend while she handed me a giant ziplock bag of tiny plums. Her uncle had sent her lots and lots, which he grows in his backyard in California and she was happy to get rid of some.

You know what’s not fun? Taking tiny pits out from tiny plums.

Facebook and Instagram were great help, with people giving me ideas for what to do with the plums. From jam to pies to cobblers to sangria to sorbet. Though I ended finding my inspiration from Tara O’Brady’s plum sauce in her plum rippled ginger crunch ice cream recipe.

But what do I do with the plum sauce?

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Luna Saves The Day

Bubbles

Sometimes I imagine, if I can travel back in time, I would change this and change that. You know? How things might turn out differently if I had been more out going in high school or had the courage to talk to that girl. Or maybe if I actually studied more in college though I was sure I didn’t want to be an economist.

It’s kind of like these soap bubbles, eh? Once they burst and go away, that’s it. You can’t bring that bubble back and all you can do is look forward to the next bubble. Wobbling through the air. No point in thinking about the past, got to look forward to the next wobbling bubble. Heck, even the Doctor can’t go back into his own history.

Bubbles by Luna Saves the Day

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Roasted Lamb With Mint Sauce

Roasted Lamb

This actually started when I got stuck with a big bunch of mint. I thought about making minty brownies but that would require me to get chocolate and baking soda and other stuff. Then early last week, when I opened the freezer to get my ice cream, I noticed that I still have a lamb shoulder chop from few weeks ago. I had bought a pound of it and took most of the chops to a friend’s bbq. I’ve been buying bulk and storing lots of meat in the freezer.

And since it’s been so cool lately, I decided to roast the lamb chop in the oven. That’s how this whole thing came about. Also since I had everything I needed for the flatbread, it was an obvious idea.

Annnddd the day before, I bought a pound of ground lamb meat at Fleischer’s and made lamb meatballs. All lamb, all weekend.

I was on the phone with my dad today and he told me to eat less meat. =(

There are talks about a Portland, Maine road trip in August. Lobster rolls and clam bake. Soon it’ll be autumn.

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