three winks

we do not remember days, we remember moments. {cesare pavese}

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keep it loose, keep it tight

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My plan for life is loose. To take care of myself, to love the people in my life, to experience as much as I can of things that feel good and to learn from the ones that don’t. To follow my gut, it’s yet to be wrong. Touch heals. To thrive at life. Accept death and change. Feel my feelings and move on. The answer is always love, the question is…


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finding your way

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If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be.

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Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret.

Spin wildly into your next action.

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Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. 

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Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.

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february 2013  |  ladd’s addition, portland, oregon
mamiya c33  |  tri-x 400 |  developed by citizen’s photo  |  self-scanned
quote from the television show Everwood.


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happy national cat day!

this long neglected space has been in desperate need of an update. what better day to start than national cat day?

here is the story of my beloved cat and her surroundings on a pleasant spring day.

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mamiya c33 | kodak ektar 100 | developed by citizen’s photo | scanned by me

more soon!
—vanessa


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liquid sunshine

last summer, we had four straight months with no rain. four straight months!

it was crazy, so unlike oregon. this year, we got a bit of summer showers but last year, nothing, nada, dry as a bone. so when that first rain finally came… woo-hoo! i was excited! i ran outside and started photographing it. what a gorgeous sight for this oregonian.

i was truly giddy. here is what i saw that day.

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this is real life

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do you ever feel like you are constantly editing your life? what is safe to say online, what is safe to say to friends, what is safe to say to family… sometimes even what is safe to say to yourself?

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i feel this way constantly. it’s hard sometimes. sometimes you just want to let it all out.

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even in just tiny superficial ways, if nothing else, to give yourself and others the same permission to let it all out.

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i scanned these images months ago, today i ran across them and i like them more than the first time i looked at them so i wanted to share them. but some of them have scratches, imperfections.

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i thought about fixing them, taking the time to polish them up. but i kinda like the scratches and dust.

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i decided i liked these images just the way they are. imperfect, unedited.

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my world is just as imperfect as yours, let’s celebrate that for once.

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random images i made in march 2013 | self-scanned, scratched and dusty
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the call

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“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
― Mary Oliver

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self-portraits from march 2013 | olympus om-2n | kodak ektar 100 film


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words to shoot by :: instant

Every year after ‘Roid Week, Words To Shoot By does an ode to it. a word is chosen that honors what the week is all about. I know we have interpreted this word many times but it never gets old.

Here are my three images for instant, from a short beach trip with Steph.
 
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And here are the last two days of my images from this years ‘roid week.

DAY FOUR

coastal fire

what a rush!

DAY FIVE

newport bay marina

redfish lake double

My love of instant film just doesn’t quit. It’s so fun to contribute to these projects.