A site you must see.

http://www.30-years-later.com/

Haunting and unspeakable.

April 26th is the 30-year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Most people don’t realize that Europe would have been all but obliterated were it not for the actions of those who gave their lives to shut down the reactor, extinguish the fires, and construct the (now heavily deteriorating) concrete sarcophagus.

It was estimated that those working on the roof itself reached their lifetime dose of radiation in approximately 40 seconds–not to mention the three engineers that went on a dive into the cooling pool to drain the cooling floor and prevent a secondary explosion.Β  It has been postulated that should the the sarcophagus collapse (currently at end-of-life…) the resulting disaster would be much worse than the first, and would likely blanket most of Europe.

If you have some time, the history is truly worth the read.

 

First Haircut

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Well, after over two-and-a-half years, we finally had to cut it…

Everyone coped reasonably well.Β  (Except I got in trouble for talking too much…)

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Party for Three…

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…or “The Flash Test – Color

Seeing as how the odometers are about to roll over for three of the gang, a big party was in order.

These were shot on Portra 160 using the Metz flash.

The flash was (accidentally) turned off for the fourth one to (intentionally) give you the impression of the sort of conditions I was shooting under…

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Given that the house was pure chaos, I think they turned out pretty well.

Thanks for looking,

-M.

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Top Ten 2014 – Film

LOL.

Uncle.Β  I give up.

I can’t do it…

I don’t even think I made it through the whole year.

(Fun Fact: I shot and developed 3748 frames of 35mm, and 634 frames of MF in 2014)

That’s a lot of chemistry…No wonder my mind is gone!

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Here’s twenty for your amusement.

(So I guess, not really Top Ten…)

I didn’t even open up the MF folder…it just wouldn’t be fair.

The last image is my absolute favorite for the year;

The rest are…just memories.

I can’t even believe I shot some of them in 2014.

A further reminder, that time does not, in fact…stand still.

Happy New Year Everyone,

-Mark

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Something awesome happened to me today…

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Baby J dropped my M9.

…And I’ve actually never been happier.

Really.

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I was shooting the picture above on one of my film cameras, when I heard this “clak” behind me.Β  I took the shot, then turned around to see that Baby J had opened up my velcro bag, and was excitedly dragging my M9 behind her.

She had this big, broad smile across her face, and was excitedly running towards me, saying “Da-yee! Da-yee!” as she brought my camera to me.

(First of all, I shrieked like a school girl about nine octaves above my vocal register…)

Then, I just started laughing.

I wish I had been smart enough to point the camera I was holding at her, and snap a picture of the scene; but I probably would not have been able to focus properly anyway…

There was something completely surreal about that camera bouncing across the gravel toward me as she ran.

I’ll never forget the grin on her face.

She still had the strap in her hand when I made it to her, and she proudly handed it up to me.

My heart kind of fell…but I picked up her, then the camera.

She got a big, sloppy smooch…I just couldn’t be mad.Β  I shouldn’t have left the bag on the ground anyway.

Miraculously, the lens was somehow completely pristine.

The top and back of the body was not so lucky; two large, long gashes, and some paint loss here and there…perfect only moments before.

But as I held it in my hand, I realized how much more valuable it was to me at that moment…I will always remember the story of those scratches.

And for the first time, I cared more about the priceless photos it will take, than how it may fare along the way.

If it lasts long enough, hopefully I’ll be able to hand it to her one day, and tell her the story of the two long gashes…

-M.

 

La fin.

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I have actually had these for quite some time, but have been avoiding posting them.

I don’t know why this post makes me so emotional–after all, the roll has long been dry, and there is plenty more film in the fridge to shoot…

But alas, The 50-Roll Project is now officially complete.

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At first I made excuses (“I really didn’t do anything special for my final roll…”)

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Then I thought: “If I don’t post it, it really isn’t over…”

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It took 49 weeks;

Meaning somehow I actually managed to shoot more than one roll per week.

And one year has passed.

One whole year;

But only one year.

Somehow, it seems longer…but shorter all the same.

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Most of these aren’t all that compositionally stunning…

Some of them are a little repetitious.

But they have been life around here…and time just refuses to stand still.

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So to those of you who have stuck with us: Thank you–you know who you are.

Thank you to the friends I have made, and to Peter especially for starting me down this road.

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If time (and this experience…) have taught me one thing, it is simply this:Β  Pick up your camera–whatever it is–and shoot.

You will not regret it.

You will be glad for the moment…

Sad, perhaps, that it is gone;

But eagerly anticipating the next one.

(Now what to do with all these negatives…)

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Warmly and sincerely,

-Mark

(For those of you just joining us now…the other forty-nine rolls may be found here)

 

 

Onetieth!

Onetieth

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If nothing else, this site is proof that Time does not, in fact, stand still.

…Enjoy it while it lasts.

From all of us here, thanks for your time and support.

All the best,

-M.