Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #1
One of the joys of analogue photography is that you rarely know what you’ve done wrong until long after the picture has been taken. No matter how rigorous your procedures, analogue always remains a bit dodgy. Film gets loaded wrong. Developer goes bad. Negatives get scratched. Etc. Etc. Etc. Of all the things that can go wrong, few of them are detectable at the moment you take the picture, leaving you free to enjoy the act of snapping the shutter.
Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #2
This thought came to me yesterday while I was walking around in 30 MPH winds with freezing fingers and ears, practically giggling to myself as I snapped pictures of the freezing rain blowing across the fields. Work had taken me out to the far edge of campus, where all mid-western colleges turn into farm stations. The weather had turned from a sticky, foggy 60 F to a windy, nasty 30 F in just a few hours. The fog was freezing. Visibility was low. And the dirt road lined with telephones polls was suddenly a thing of beauty. So too the frosty fields and the wind itself. I couldn’t help borrowing a few minutes from the State of Illinois to quickly shoot half a roll (I’ll come in early some morning later this week to make it up to them).
Unrelated Photo of Cold Weather #3
I have no idea if the pictures are any good, and I won’t know until I get a chance to develop the roll this weekend. Until then, I’m content to believe they turned out gorgeous. Who says photography is just about results?