There is a song by The Rankin Family called The Fisherman’s Son, that contains the line: “I stared at the bright lights the dark city ways” and that line comes to mind when I look at this image of King street in the Theatre District at night recently.
Today a portrait of my friend and fellow podcaster Mike, taken in a pub using my Pentax ME 35mm camera. I haven’t used this camera much recently but got it out for the April episode of the Classic Camera Revival podcast, where Pentax was the topic of the day. The lens was a 50mm/1.7 and I was shooting wide-open on Tri-X film.
After a fun Nikkormat – themed photowalk with my friend Bill Smith, we ducked into a pub for a beer. From our table facing the front of the restaurant I couldn’t help but notice a couple who seemed oblivious to each other, and were glued to their phones. I couldn’t resist the image, so I picked up the Nikkormat with a 105mm/2.5 lens, and shot a few frames wide open at 1/60th of a second, guessing on the exposure (since the camera did not have a functioning meter) and hoping I could get one frame of Tri-X sufficiently sharp. I got lucky.
I had the pleasure of hanging out with my good friend Ken Bole last weekend, in his “basement bar” which contains his extensive and eclectic collection of objects, souvenirs and books. What I found fascinating about the collection was that each object represented a story and a memory, and to me at least the stories and memories are what are truly memorable. The objects themselves are receipts in a sense; evidence of a life richly led.
Hasselblad 500C/M, 50mm/4 Distagon
Tri-X film developed in Ilfosol 3
Toned in post