many of you may not know this, but i have a deep affection for design and have been dabbling in it ever since i began making rudimentary website graphics at 12 years old with Adobe Photoshop 4.0. one of the t-shirts i designed during my first year at university even made it into Beka’s dresser years before we actually met.
anyway, Beka and i began designing together last year so we decided to form a collective to act as a front for our freelance work. we decided on the name “Airstrike Quintet” earlier this year but didn’t get around to completing our website until now.
we specialize in branding, print and web but are capable of designing pretty much anything that’s asked of us. design work plays a big part in allowing me to continue being a humanitarian photographer and we’re always looking for new projects so any referrals from you guys would be greatly appreciated.
joy of joys, my replacement disabled parking placard finally came in!
rockstar parking: initiated.
i think i’m about 60 years late on this one but thank goodness for the polio vaccine.
another raucous Thanksgiving weekend put to rest, now it’s time to catch up on work!
as many of you know, i spent a lot of time in the hospital when i was first diagnosed with leukemia. some of these visits were planned, others resulted from frantic rushes to the emergency room.
one time, i had a hospital roommate who liked to sleep with the television on full blast and it drove me crazy. my only respite was when the nurse came in every once in a while to check his vitals. she would turn I Love Lucy down, wake him up to check things out and ask him a few questions. each visit only took a few minutes but it was enough for me to succumb to exhaustion and finally fall asleep. unfortunately for me, my roommate would immediately turn the volume back up as soon as the nurse finished, simultaneously lulling himself back to sleep while waking me up.
by the time morning came, i was completely exhausted. i felt like i only got 15 minutes of sleep and was struggling to stay awake as the doctors were asking me questions.
i was interested to see what kind of person my roommate was so i made sure to sit myself up when the nurse came in to take him away for tests later in the day. as the neighboring bed was wheeled out from behind the curtain and past my own, it appeared to be occupied by the upper torso of an enormous middle-aged black man. it wasn’t until later that i learned that he had such a severe case of diabetes that doctors were forced to amputate both of his legs above the knee.
i wasn’t so annoyed the second night.
when i first met Beka’s little niece about two years ago, i made a face at her because i didn’t know what else to do. she burst into laughter (as most women do when they see my face) and, to make a long story short, she now expects me to make funny faces every time i see her.
now Beka’s niece has a new little sister who’s a couple of months old. she began crying yesterday after dinner so, being the nearest but least experienced adult, i decided to make a funny face. surprise! she stopped and immediately began smiling.
i am cursed.
happy (American) Thanksgiving!
today was the day i realized just how difficult it is to explain lychees to someone without visual aids.
so this is a new feature that i’m starting called Thrift Store Finds in which i will catalog things that i find for cheap at thrift stores. many of these things will be cameras like the Yashica T* AF-D or any of these fine beauties that i’ve posted in the past but others will be different like the Bates Model B stapler i wrote about earlier this year. some of these objects were purchased because they’re worth more than they cost and some because they are interesting; many fall beautifully into both categories.
at any rate, here’s today’s installment: the Polaroid SX-70 Pronto! Sears Special. (click to enlarge)
the SX-70 was Polaroid’s first SLR to use instant film and came in a wide variety of flavors throughout the early ’70s to early ’80s. this particular model was the first non-folding SX-70 and was sold exclusively at Sears department stores in two tone brown from 1976 to 1977.
i found this particular specimen in a brown artificial leather case tucked away almost out of sight one day. usually when i open cases or bags at thrift stores, nine times out of ten it’s something like a bunch of cassette tapes or an old electric razor but this time it was a mint condition Polaroid Land Camera along with a few used flash bars and the original owner’s manual.
who would’ve thought?
thanks to my brother Dan the super sleuth, i now know about the mystery badge i posted yesterday. it’s the emblem of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (founded, strangely enough, by two white men in Manhattan) or, as they are more commonly known, the Shriners.
shouldn’t this have been found on a much smaller car then?