sfmoma in the afternoon light

Three verticals in one post? What is the world coming too?

Tonight’s post is sponsored by Charlie Loyd actually sending out a newsletter and reminding me that I had a blog that I was neglecting. There have been many things afoot; a lot of busy evenings and late nights, my folks were just in town for 10 days, the new job is going like crazy, etc etc. But that’s no excuse.

This was sometime after the new job started, if memory serves, but before the wedding (which, still editing those, and it is super hard to cut pictures, but here we are, limited by the format; I haven’t ruled out doing 4-5 posts).

About once a week, I manage to take a long coffee break and go over to SFMOMA. Having a membership means I can get a ticket on my phone and walk right in for free, any time they’re open. It’s a quiet respite from the madness outside, and also from the work. I like the work I’m doing, but going to the museum puts me in a completely different headspace for the duration of the break. It’s a complete luxury and I can’t believe the place isn’t mobbed with tech workers all the time.

Now, we could get into the case (fairly strong) that museums are institutions of the hetero-capitalist patriarchy, but that’s another post. For now, I’m just happy there’s a quiet, beautiful place this close to work.

This is a ‘ringer’; that is, it’s not from the musuem at all, but from the 8th floor of the building where I work.

Posted by Matt on 2018-08-14 06:46:34 +0000

odd salon eccentric

Odd Salon eccentric: what can I say? I didn’t get photos of half the show, somehow; I feel like I was there but for some reason, I only got half the speakers on film. Maybe I changed rolls halfway and there’s a black and white roll waiting to be developed.

There’s another Odd Salon on Tuesday; if getting pelted by flowers or random interesting bits of history seem interesting, you should come by.

Posted by Matt on 2018-08-06 06:42:26 +0000

priceless 2018

So, imagine this: you and 1000 almost-complete-strangers, plus the friends that you trust to look after your cat and a few people you’ve seen at parties, descend on a town in the lower parts of the eastern sierra with PA gear and floaties… that’s priceless. Not to say it was un-organized; the people running the show were quite efficient, actually. It’s a lot of people crammed into a camp made for maybe 2/3rds that number.

Everyone is really friendly and there’s good music and the primary activity of the whole trip is being lazy and listening to music. During the day, you can take your floatie to the river, jump in, and float next to the only daytime stage. Get out to re-apply sunscreen, get another beer, and get back in. Repeat until you get hungry, then go to either the mess tent (actually a rather good caterer) or to the town’s only restaurant, which is fine, just diner food. Then, the excitement of the evening begins. You can: dance your face off, then go lay on some cushions in a relaxtion tent, then go to the acoustic stage and sway a little. A lot of walking back and forth, but no worse than any other festival I’ve been to.

So: I went this year, with Sophia, and took just a few photos. I only had like 5 rolls of film; I think I shot 2. I got these back and then went to boston, but decided not to take my laptop, because distractions. So here they are now, as I’m getting back into the groove of things.

Posted by Matt on 2018-08-01 07:47:33 +0000

wandering between jobs

So I didn’t actually end up with a ton of free time between jobs; there was a lot of stuff I needed to get done in that week and a half. But I did have one day where all I did was just walk around and take photos. This was the first part of that day. I’m not sure why the month-old roll took so long to get processed, but it did.

The second and third church photos are actually mosaics of two pictures. Color film is still very hard to get the color right.

I have some idea of what I need to do to complete the San Pablo project; what it’s about, at least to me. I did a big edit of the photos and I got a feel for what was working. I’m not sure if I want to proceed with the project on film or keep it in digital. There’s something to be said for consistency, and that’s one thing this project never has. It is mostly shot on a digital of some description. Maybe I’ll continue in that vein.

I know this is a little disconnected and rambly. I’m all over the place right now, keeping all the plates spinning. Winter is the time to recharge; right now, we go full steam. Onward!

Posted by Matt on 2018-07-27 06:41:01 +0000