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Piedras labradas

I am absurdly excited by this picture, and this is why...

 

For Christmas I bought myself (via ebay and Hong Kong) a Recesky TLR camera kit - i.e. lots of bits of plastic and a screwdriver. With lots of trial and error, fiddling around with screws, and deciphering of instructions, this becomes a charmingly clunky, but functional, twin lens reflex camera. So I took this on a camera that I made!

 

This is one of the photos from my very first test roll, and I am both surprised and delighted by how well they came out, especially since the thing has no functional film counter (overlaps ahoy), is amazingly difficult to focus, and is a bugger to hold straight (which I didn't *quite* manage, I know)... oh, and I was balancing on rocks and trying to avoid salt spray! For all that, I think there's something delicious about the central sweet spot, and a sort of lovely clarity about things somehow.

 

This was taken at the Piedras Labradas archaeological site near Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, a truly special and mysterious place. Ancient stones lie tumbled about on the beach, carved with symbols that seem to represent stars, animals, faces... No-one really knows anything definite about them, but they are full of meaning that they keep quietly to themselves.

 

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Estoy ridiculamente emocionada por esta foto, por esto...

 

En la Navidad me compré un Recesky TLR "kit" para armar - i.e. muchos pedacitos de plastico y un destornillador. Con mucho ensayo y error, juguetear con tornillos, y decifrar instrucciones, estos se convierten en una cáamara reflex de objetivos gemelos, tosca pero funcional, y encantadora. Pues tomé esta en una cámara que yo hice!

 

Esta es una de las fotos de mi primer rollo de prueba, y estoy tanto sorprendida como feliz de como salieron. No es tan facil de usar - es muy dificil de enfocar, por ejemplo - y ademas estaba intentando mantenerme el equilibrio en las rocas y evitar la espuma del mar! A pesar de todo eso, siento que el "sweet spot" (aguien quiere traducir eso?!) en medio tiene algo delicioso, y hay una claridad que me encanta.

 

Se tomó en el sito arqueológico "Piedras Labradas" cerca de Mázatlan, Sinaloa, un lugar verdaderamente especial y misterioso. Piedras antiguas yacen en la playa, labradas con símbolos que parecen representar estrellas, animales, caras... Nadie sabe casi nada definitiva sobre ellas, pero están llenos de significados que no cuentan.

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Taken on July 10, 2012