[Note: Updated after move from Squarespace to Ghost.]

I’m not above rambling off unproven assertions based on my biases and projections. People are craving outdoor spaces and nature right now. I know I am. My generalized claim is based on anecdotal observations and an internal cry of get me out of this fucking apartment and into some fresh air.

I have a couple of theories. Brace yourself, they’re mind-blowing and profound. The planet is sick, and we can sense it. Yea yea yea, stay in your lane Hopper, skip the New Age Hippy Shit (NAHS). Our instincts (or subconscious Twitter brains) are telling us to be outside, away from other people and that sink of dishes that just magically replenishes like a cruel Sisyphean torture.

That’s why I had hoped to see more creative responses to our circumstances by now. Figure out ways to help restaurants expand their outdoor options. Easier said than done, I know. The luxury of a blogger. Improve one thing in one area, worsen 10 things in other areas.

It’s not really connected, but that last sentence made me think of Campbell Scott’s character in Singles. I need to watch that again.

But enough about my inane thoughts, let’s talk about me. Back to nature and the opening paragraph. When I go for walks (that need to become runs), I often end up in Volunteer Park. Last night I developed a roll of film that has a few photos from the park that I liked. Some random others, including a discreetly placed photo of my friend Kate marketing her business. All of this is going into the marketing invoices I’m sending her.

I used a Canon FTb, which isn’t important. Cameras are just tools. But with that out of the way, I enjoy talking about cameras and machines. So much I like about the FTb, but it still doesn’t feel great. The quick loader is great, though. I processed the film with Cinestill’s Df96 monobath, which I really like. The batch I have is about to run out, have to decide if I’ll switch to Rodinol (sp?).

If you’ve ever thought about developing film at home, give the Cinestill a try. Get a Patterson tank, a thermometer, something to pop open the film canister (I use a bottle opener), some scissors, and somewhere to hang the film, and Bob’s your uncle. The standard SBHOPPER disclaimer is in effect: find someone who really knows what they’re doing to learn about home developing. Practice loading those reels with dummy rolls. I’ve ruined a couple of rolls. If I hadn’t ruined those artistic masterpieces, you’d have seen me on Oprah by now.

You’ll need a scanner, too, and that is the worst part of the process. I could not get this roll to cooperate. The scanner just had a difficult time clearly and cleanly identifying some negatives. In some cases I think it affected the scan’s exposure.

Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020. I don’t have a great feel for this film or even the camera. Not sure about this exposure. Still, I liked it.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020. I don’t have a great feel for this film or even the camera. Not sure about this exposure. Still, I liked it.
Lowell School, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Lowell School, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Some random sign stapler…whose awesome art you can find at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall or on her Etsy shop at the Coy Hyena. If you buy something from her online, please include a note saying you learned about her shop from me. It will help me earn that 93.64% commission that she isn’t entirely aware of yet.
Some random sign stapler…whose awesome art you can find at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall or on her Etsy shop at the Coy Hyena. If you buy something from her online, please include a note saying you learned about her shop from me. It will help me earn that 93.64% commission that she isn’t entirely aware of yet.
Danny at Spin Cycle, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020. If you need some vinyl, go see Danny. Nicest guy, encyclopedic music knowledge, fantastic DJ, great writer, friend to hack photographers.
Danny at Spin Cycle, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020. If you need some vinyl, go see Danny. Nicest guy, encyclopedic music knowledge, fantastic DJ, great writer, friend to hack photographers.
Rancho Bravo. Bad photo. I don’t care. I’ve never eaten at this place, but I love it. I think they’re family-owned. That outside area was a medical station when protesters were facing down Mayor Teargas Jenny (I saw that label on CHS Blog…Bret Hamill maybe?). For all of the people saying that the protesters were bent on destruction - that little restaurant that could was right in the heart of it.
Rancho Bravo. Bad photo. I don’t care. I’ve never eaten at this place, but I love it. I think they’re family-owned. That outside area was a medical station when protesters were facing down Mayor Teargas Jenny (I saw that label on CHS Blog…Bret Hamill maybe?). For all of the people saying that the protesters were bent on destruction – that little restaurant that could was right in the heart of it.
Solitude. Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Solitude. Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.

Pleasantville. Dick’s, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.
Pleasantville. Dick’s, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.