Film Photography (Round 2)

I can’t believe my final semester of college is almost over!  I only have three weeks of classes left!  We’re now wrapping up working with film in my photography course.  In the next few weeks, we’ll be putting together our portfolios, working on our digital portfolio (10 photos that have a common theme/color/etc.), and working on our website.  I’ll be sure to share the website once it’s set up and finished.  For now, though, I’ll share the rest of my film photos.

Roll 4:


Above: This was the only remotely save-able image from my fourth roll.  My camera no longer rewinds, so I have to take out the film in the dark.  I had brought two rolls of film home with me over one of my breaks, and therefore had to switch out the first roll in the dark.  I went in a bathroom with no window, and turned off the light, but the film must have been exposed to some light.  It kind of made this photo look quite old, which is actually a pretty cool effect.

Roll 5:

prospect ave 5Above: My family owns several properties (my dad owns a real estate business).  One of the places we own (but do not live in) was my great-grandmother’s house.  It’s a really old house (at least 150 years old), and has two really cool old wooden sheds, one of which you can see in the left of the photo.  I actually somehow flipped this image when I printed it, and didn’t realize until I was done.  If you were to actually look at this scene, the shed would be on the right.

prospect ave 4Above: This was also taken at the house my grandpa grew up in.  Walton is the town I live in at home, and the sign has been there for a very long time.  I love the texture in this photo.

prospect ave 3Above: Another photo from “Grandma Ogden’s house”.  If you look closely, you can make out some of the faded stickers on the mailbox, spelling out “Ogden”.

prospect ave 2Above: The two sheds I mentioned.  It was a very sunny day and I took this at mid-day.  Unfortunately, this picture isn’t great, thanks to the deep shadows across the front of the buildings.

prospect ave 1Above: The Walton sign, again!  I actually didn’t mean to print this photo.  I wanted to print the photo with the sign above, but got them mixed up in the darkroom, and printed this one by accident.  I ended up liking it a lot.  The wood tones in this one are just so pretty!

I’m really happy with how my fifth, and final, roll came out.  I had a lot of great photos to choose from.  My professor said that it’s always nice when your final roll comes out the best- that means you’ve learned something!  Now, I need to figure out what I’m doing for my digital project.

Old Building Love

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love old houses and buildings.  I suppose it’s not that much of a surprise.  After all, my dad’s family has been in the real estate business since 1889 (125 years!), so it must just run in my blood.  Ever since I was young, I would accompany my dad on rides through the countryside and neighboring towns.  I loved hearing who lived where and about the various styles of homes.  Although newer homes certainly have their merits, I much prefer old homes.  They simply have so much more character and charm.  I love the quirks.  Whenever I drive somewhere, I constantly look at the homes on the side of the road.  My favorites are probably old farmhouses, but I also love traditional four-square homes, small cottages, Victorian houses, and Capes.  Whenever I see a run-down old house, I want to buy it and restore it to its former beauty.

So, of course, I love the dorm I currently live in.  It was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  As an old building, it certainly has its quirks.  The windows don’t have screens, heat is delivered through radiators that can get very hot to the touch, there’s a bit of a bug problem (mostly due to the lack of screens), some of the rooms smell old, and the bathrooms aren’t the nicest (although I don’t think they are that bad).  Some of my friends dislike living here, but I still love it.  The windows are stone mullioned gothic-style casement windows.  The doors are beautifully paneled stained wood doors.  Some of the rooms have window seats, bay windows, and working (and gorgeous) fireplaces.  The rooms are fairly spacious, even the singles. There are REAL closets with original doorknobs.  The desks and dressers are larger than typical for college dorms.  There are wood floors.  The hallways have gorgeous details, including window seats at the end.  The lounge is huge and looks like it’s out of Hogwarts.  Each room is uniquely different.  The location is great- close to the gym and dining hall/campus center.

Here are some photos:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  Have you ever lived in a charming older home or building?  Do you like the charm of old places or do you prefer perfect newer homes?