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April 29, 2006

California High Desert, One

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 89 / 100 ISO

Taken outside of Lancaster, California in the high desert.

During the spring time, the high desert is so colorful and awe inspiring that no matter the window you put to the world it still looks impressive.

A funny little story from this field: after I took this shot my brother wanted to take one as well. I gave him the camera and started to walk back towards the car, a distance of perhaps 100 meters. The wind was cold and strong and I didn't want to risk having the wind snatch any trash from my hand into this beautiful country and the car offered perfect shelter in which to dispose of the rather wasteful Polaroid 80 process.

My brother came back to the car, unopened and developing Polaroid exposure in hand but with no camera! He had left it among the poppies! We had to carefully retrace our steps on the trailless land looking for this grouping of scrub in order to find where he set down the camera. Ha ha.

My brother and I could loose anything anywhere. It runs in the family. Once he managed to leave two meter and a half walking sticks that we had just used to climb mount Fuji with on a bullet train destined for Akita after we had just disembarked in Tokyo. Surprisingly, due mostly to the attentiveness of the Japanese cleaning crew, we got them back later that same day!

Similarly, I had once left my camera bag with about US$5,000 worth of equipment in it in a park full of "troubled" drunk and drinking Japanese youth at 1:00am. After having walked back a half-mile to the apartment in which we were staying, laying down to rest, I awoke at 2:00 am to realized my error! I returned only to find that a group of mean looking kids had been watching it for me, just in case somebody dishonest would have been interested in taking it. My brother and I owe a lot to the honesty of the Japanese and the emptiness of the high desert.

 

Posted by jordanh at April 29, 2006 1:54 PM |

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