My friend Valerie is an excellent photographer, and she loves instant film. Pre-COVID she picked up a Taylor Swift Instax Square camera. I have a normal Instax Square. It has a light leak. We swapped for a week, a week that then turned into quarenternity.

I need to get this camera back to her. First I need to use the T Swift film in it. I dig the black borders. I wish they didn’t look like I scanned them in a pile of dust, though.

I keep making stupid photography mistakes. I think the Instax Square has a landscape function, not for orientation but for distance. I had the camera on automatic. I’m not sure if changing the setting would have yielded stronger images. I’ll go back out today and experiment. Anyone else find that their socially-distanced brains just aren’t keeping up? I think I know a remedy, and I’m long overdue…


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

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


Corvus and Company, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.

Corvus and Company, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.


The XBox-ization of Capitol Hill, Seattle, 2020.

The XBox-ization of Capitol Hill, Seattle, 2020.


Cook Weaver, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.

Cook Weaver, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.


Deluxe, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.

Deluxe, Capitol Hill, Seattle, July 2020.