While waiting for the bus one morning a few years ago I saw this tendril, which was growing out between logs reinforcing the soil on the edge of someone’s lawn. Life will find a way.
When I came back to work at the University of Illinois, I found that a local businessman was running a coffee shop with branches in the Siebel Center and the Mechanical Engineering Lab. In the spring of 2015 he decided to get out of the coffee business. The shop in MEL is now vacant, but the Siebel location was subsequently occupied by the Einstein Bros. bagel-and-beverage-and-pastry chain, which has set up this gauntlet of coffee and tea canisters for thirsty customers to fill their cups.
My F100 almost ate this roll of film; it would not rewind and I had to pop open the back in a dark room under cover and pull the film out, and it suffered creasing and damage anyway. It’s a pity, because I don’t know when I’ll have time to go back and recreate this image of University Laboratory High School’s dedication stone.
My dad gave me his old Rolleiflex T several years ago, and since then I’ve run a few rolls of film through it. I really like the visual quality of medium-format film, which is much smoother than 35mm, while the Rollei is far easier to handle than, say, a 4×5 large-format camera. This image is from May or June 2015; I’m not sure which because I don’t log shots when I take them as well as I ought. Bad photographer. 🙂
I almost missed this image; it was easy to miss on the shady side of a brick pillar, obscured by a tree branch. Snapseed’s red filter came through to bring out the text, just as the yellow filter helped some distant summer evening storm clouds.