Thursday, October 30, 2008

my astraea

i’ve met the bike of my dreams. she’s a schwinn starlet, made somewhere between 1954-1957, single speed, coaster brake, women’s frame with a tank, all original parts and well maintained. even the horn works! i’ve seriously been checking craigslist religiously for the last three years hoping to find a bike of these exact specifications.

all my bikes get names from greek mythology (calliope, athena, persephone)…and now astraea, named after the greek goddess of justice, derived from the word “aster” meaning “star.” i’m not totally sure how it’s supposed to be pronounced, but i’ve been saying “uh-stry-uh,” because i like how “my-uh-stry-uh” sounds.

i hope i never stop getting so much enjoyment out of riding bikes. cruisers in particular. i don’t want to ever give them up for more practical bikes, ones that weigh less than fifty pounds and can travel faster than 15 mph and whatnot. my dad likes to joke that one of my bikes weighs about the same as four or five of his. and it’s true, but i don’t see that as a drawback. my legs are really fucking strong.

so for the past week i’ve basically been riding wherever i can whenever i can. which isn’t much of a departure from my usual habits, except that everywhere i go i can’t quit grinning and stopping to take photos of my bike against various beautiful backgrounds.

Monday, October 13, 2008

brittle titties

my submission for the bra project!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

it's new! it's now! it's flashcube! flashcube? flashcube!

i bought a new lens the other day, a sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 macro. it felt like a ridiculous amount of money to spend on myself, but it also felt like a justified purchase. this is my new everyday, “walk-around” lens, replacing the inadequate kit lens once and for all. the macro is incredible. when zoomed in all the way i can focus on things that are practically touching the outer glass—easily less than two inches away. at the ultra-wide-angle end of the spectrum i can get within six inches or so from the subject, making it ideal for dog nose pictures.

this afternoon i went thrifting and found a lovely new camera bag, along with some sweet old cameras to add to my vintage camera collection…a polaroid sx-70 land camera from the 70’s, and a kodak instamatic 304 from the 60’s (back row center and front row left, respectively).

super hip advertisement for the kodak and its flashcube (video may induce seizures):

as fantastic as that video is, i think the sx-70 advertisement/how-to is even better. this is worth playing for the music alone:

more fun times with the new lens: