Baby & mom.
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Baby S, North Carolina 2014 & Casey, North Carolina 2014, ©2014
The six newborns of Megan Huntsman died because their mother’s twisted mind convinced her it was right. Adam Lanza lived a life of increasing mental disintegration, of which he was aware, then destroyed the one place where he was last happy.
We throw around the word “evil” these days as if it’s just that easy. A convenient word of censure that has lost its meaning; the handy ten-foot pole that the rest of us don’t have to touch something with.
As if placing the blame firmly on the shoulders of a fragile few proves the richest country on earth is innocent of neglect.
Whatever, man. Game of Thrones is on.
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Deer in the Road, Series 2, #2, 1, 3, 4, c. 2014
Ilford HP 5
Utah Governor Gary Herbert…says he agrees with the U.S. Catholic bishops that requiring no-cost coverage of contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients is “unjust and illegal” and a “violation of religious liberty” under the First Amendment. — cnsnews.com, February 7, 2013
Utah Mother Admits Killing Six Newborns:…Megan Huntsman allegedly strangled or suffocated six babies immediately after giving birth to them, then placed the bodies inside boxes and hid them in the garage, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday. — Salt Lake Tribune, April 14, 2014
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Sky Like Sulphur (And Zeus Thundered Horribly), c. 2014
Rollei Redbird 400, shot at 250
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax 75-150mm 1:4 zoom lens
Title quote is from Lament for a Son, by Nicholas Wolterstorff
This is what happens when you have your windows cleaned for the first time in eight years: Turdus migratorius goes all Kamikaze, causing you to shoot an entire roll of Ektar in the shade.
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Post-Window Robin in the Morning 2 & 1, c. 2013
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax 75-150mm 1:4 zoom lens (#2 on an extension tube)
Kodak Ektar 100
The Pentax Spotmatic SP 500 that is now in my arsenal was one of those second-hand finds that geeks adore. It was (and is) in pristine condition with a similarly unscathed camera bag (rigid sides, faux leather), and along with the Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens, it came with a Vivitar 28mm f2.5 wide-angle lens, Vivitar 252 flash (an energy hog, but I’ll probably never use it anyway), reverse adapter, cable release, various Tiffen filters, cleaning supplies still in packaging, extra strap, camera case and body cover — and the original owner’s manual. Drool. This one clearly was the equivalent of a “gently read” first edition hardcover book: Someone enjoyed it, but rarely.
Spotmatics were manufactured by Asahi in the 60s & 70s, and for a while became a “go-to” for pros; Honeywell was the U.S. importer back then, so mine looks like this (but without the little letters floating around). It was one of the first, or maybe the first, to feature through-the-lens metering — which is exactly what it sounds like, and which became so dominant in 35mm photography that everyone forgot there were other types of metering. It also has that weighty metal body that we traditionalists love.
Look, I’ve owned a Yashica, a couple of Fujicas (because they were soooo cheap), a Canon, my brother’s Nikon for a while, our family’s old Brownies, and I had a brief fling with my sister’s long-ago Hasselblad. But I love Pentax, and I’ll snap one up whenever I find one: when I refer to “my Pentax MX” I actually mean my two Pentax MX bodies, which I keep loaded with different films and interchangeable lenses. They’re like Clydesdales: elegant workhorses, beautiful in their simplicity. Not a lotta bells & whistles. They eschew all the gadgetry and leave it up to me.
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Flora spotmatica, 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, c. 2012
Honeywell (Asahi) Pentax Spotmatic SP500, Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 lens
The new babies, the great-grannies, the bored kids, the distant cousins you haven’t seen since middle school, the tossing around of some type of ball, the local community clubhouse, the barely identifiable extremely starchy food…
Although, yours may lack the handy Outhouse/Moonshine Distillery Combo Unit…
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My First Tharp Reunion, Kodak BW400CN, c. 2010