I went to the Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village with a group of friends. We stopped by a fire ring circled with benches to take a break and warm up, when a jovial old man in a brown coat and black hat approached us. Before we knew it, several other folks had joined us at the fire, and the old man began telling the story A Visit from St. Nicholas, reciting it from memory for all of us to hear. He was one of many storytellers dispersed around the village, and told the story with great gusto and warmth, as one might imagine such stories being told to young ones back in the 19th century. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 24mm f/1.4 lens.
My friend Mike hosts some really fancy parties where people dress fancy and drink fancy drinks. I’m simply not fancy enough for these parties, but I enjoy going to them anyway. At the fancy party, in the fancy dining room, were a bunch of fancy foods. One guest decided to add to the fancy cuisines a box of the fanciest cheese cracker of them all, Cheez-Its. Photo shot with a Bronica 645 ETR equipped with a 50mm f/2.8 lens and a Lumopro LP160 flash on Kodak Portra 400.
My friend Dmirty held a “dirt bike school” for several of us who had no idea how to ride dirt bikes. I brought along a massive dose of humility and two cameras. I particularly like this shot where Lily, Dmitry’s dog, looks on as Dmitry does some teachin’ while the others do some learnin’. Picture shot with a Nikon FA film camera with a 35mm f/2 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.
Between Christmas and New Years Day, swing dancers from all over the United States and even the world converge on Asheville, North Carolina for Lindy Focus, a nonstop day-and-night celebration of all things Lindy Hop leading up the the final dance party for New Year’s Eve. I only made it out there once, and by a series of unfortunate circumstances, had my digital camera stolen at the airport, forcing me to get by with a film camera and some rental camera equipment overnighted from Lens Rentals. Still, it’s hard to be a grinch when there’s so much excitement and exuberance in the air, perfectly reflected for me in this shot of a friend getting the heave-ho into the air once the clock struck midnight. Picture shot with a Nikon F100 film camera with a rented Nikon 28mm f/1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.
I went with a couple of folks to a roller skating rink. Several of us dressed in our finest ugly Christmas threads, perfect for making us old people stand out from all the young, spunky teens that overwhelmingly made up the night’s roller rink population. Image was shot from the wall of the roller rink, panning the camera, and encouraging my friends to ham it up. As it’s Christmas today, I figured I’d post something appropriately festive. Picture shot on a Nikon D700 with a 24mm f/1.4 lens.
I stopped by my friend Matthew’s farm with a Nikon FM2n in tow and a roll of black and white film. I took a tour of the place, and while we were wandering around, his daughter decided that she wanted to go riding in the snow. Here, Matthew prepares the horse while his bundled up daughter waits in anticipation. Image shot on a Nikon FM2n with a 50mm f/1.8 on Kodak Tri-X 400.
Back when I was in the Ford College Graduate (FCG) program, a rotation-based new employee program, I attended a social event whereupon I and my fellow FCGs took a cooking class. I brought along my TLR and a few rolls of film, shooting exposures in between quiet moments in the kitchen (read: had my fellow FCGs take care of some of the kitchen activities that I didn’t want to do). This is my favorite image from the evening: Audrey using a comically oversized rolling pin for the task. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.