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the animal farm

May 25, 2011

It’s inevitable. As soon as I say that I’m going to take a break, I suddenly have an urge to blog. Reverse psychology much?

The thing is, I simply had to share these photos from my weekend in the country. I mean, who can resist squishy animals? Not I. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not natural to enjoy mucking out farm stalls with as much zeal as I did (Kat, can I please clean out the barn and feed your animals? Plllllllease.) Perhaps a sign that I’ve been in the city for far too long and am missing nature something fierce.

It felt so good to step away from everything for a few days. To eat wholesome food and sit by a bonfire with friends and breathe in fresh air and be surrounded by animals and see stars (stars, they exist! they might be hidden by the smog and bright lights of the city but out in the country, they still speckle the sky and it’s a thing of beauty). I feel reenergized from it all and am now ready to tackle the tasks at hand… right after this second cup of coffee.

Peace out, for reals!

P.S. Things I learned this weekend– it’s very difficult to capture animals on film, with manual focus (they inevitably move as soon as you press the shutter). Also, the light leaks in some of these shots is due to me being an airhead and opening the camera when I thought its film had been fully rewound (which it obviously wasn’t). And the other shots were taken with expired film, hence the grain and darkness. Oh! The magic of 35mm!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2011 9:18 am

    oh yes, the magic of film 🙂 looks like a great weekend out in nature, lovely!

  2. May 25, 2011 11:27 am

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and times 🙂 it’s a magical space / place / people / four legged friends kinda BEing area!! Much Love J!!! wish i could have joined in the fun with you all!

  3. May 25, 2011 11:33 am

    I love that photo with the dog swimming. He/she looks like a furry alligator. Good luck with all of your tying of loose ends, and with the move!! xo

  4. May 25, 2011 1:02 pm

    oh i LOVE these pictures!

  5. May 25, 2011 2:22 pm

    I love the light leaks and the look of the expired film photos. They’re all gorgeous! I hear you about capturing animals on film with manual focus. Everytime I try and take a photo of my cat he walks up and sniffs the lens just as I click. :S

  6. May 25, 2011 2:51 pm

    Reverse blogology 😀

  7. Sara permalink
    May 25, 2011 3:33 pm

    To see the the same things I saw but through your eyes and lens… is priceless! Thank you for sharing.

  8. May 25, 2011 8:44 pm

    oh man, the cat ones are amazing! especially when the little kitters is snuggling up against your boots and running away from the dog. super hilarious.

  9. May 26, 2011 6:58 am

    oh lordy. i just fell in love with you all over again.
    and i repeat my earlier statement: you could make even a cardboard box look interesting.

    exquisite photographs as always.

  10. May 26, 2011 2:07 pm

    Your photos are absolutely wonderful…

  11. May 26, 2011 6:23 pm

    DANG! pink petals underfoot (and quite tidily too), beautiful babies (seriously…she’s CUTE) and a grand dog chasing kitty shot? of COURSE it pulled you out from under your ‘taking a break’ blankie. glad it did, too. was pleasantly surprised to find a post…not sure why i even tried as i know you told us all you weren’t gonna be here.

    you lied. 🙂

  12. May 30, 2011 6:56 pm

    omg this whole set is the best! i am in love with every single shot. i want to be there with you, mucking and trying to press that shutter before the horse shakes its head.

    these are perfect.

  13. Diane permalink
    June 1, 2011 5:08 pm

    i love animals. period. and i love the shoes in the first frame. period.

  14. June 1, 2011 8:41 pm

    oh how i love the animals and the woods. i was worried about the curly puppy as he looked like he was facing off a water snake but he seemed happy and rompy in the last shot so i feel better now.

  15. June 1, 2011 9:02 pm

    ps – i just opened my mail from you and it left me breathless. we don’t get this sort of light down south. we get the honeyed golden hour and the sherbet pink morning….but not this gorgeous blue.

    i proudly add it to my collection of favorites.

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