Can we talk one more time about 2017? Just this once. And, specifically about music.
I get it, music is subjective - everyone's got their style, but can we all agree that 2017 produced a lot of really good albums? There are so many great "Year in Music" lists (looking at you Gorilla vs. Bear, for one), and halfway through the year I decided to start compiling mine because I could not keep up with the number of albums being release from bands I listen to.
Here's where the list ended up:
Shout out to: PWR BTTM for being the most controversial. Beach House, who gets an 'A' for effort, but a B-sides doesn't officially count. Hoops for an amazing debut (and a great SXSW experience). And Grizzly Bear for making now, one of my all time favorite albums, along with The Black Angels.
There's so much more ... I'm still discovering albums that came out in 2017. But, can I go ahead and say bravo to Sure Sure's debut album that was released last Friday? So fun. And! Best Talking Heads cover I've heard. Also excited to see what Beach House releases this year, along with Hop Along and Peggy Sue.
What were some of your faves? What'd I miss? What's coming up in 2018?
The year of letting go.
Wow, it's been a while since I last wrote a blog post (#toobusyliving). Where do I even begin? 2017 was all about saying yes. Yes to traveling. Yes to adventure. Yes to stepping out of my comfort zone. Yes to living without fear and expectation. Yes to forging (forcing?) new friendships.
Traveling has been my #1 priority of the year (#treatyoself). I put a lot of focus on new experiences and challenging myself. I've learned that you can't grow without taking risks and that it's possible to be content in being discontent from uncertainty. Plus, I figured out that I'm actually a borderline extrovert.
I'm still creating art, but not at the speed I was before. My focus has been more concentrated to specific projects (more on that later), and let's be honest, I was on a bike a lot this year. Topping out 2017 at just over 1,500 miles (yes, that's a lot for me) from commuting and just putzing around town.
Personally, it's a been a year paved with empathy and re/building friendships. One that I can honestly look back on and be genuinely grateful for. Insert heart eyes emoji here. Cheers 2017!
Remember how my Pentax broke during that Seattle/Canada trip? Well, a friend graciously gifted me a another one that was pretty much the exact same. I cleaned it and ran this roll through to test it one weekend.
One perk of film is the element of surprise. I'm pretty sure that photo of the bridge and street lamp was an accidental capture while riding the Trinity Trails and wearing the camera on my back. I don’t remember taking it at all.
But, this shot came out of the first two rolls I developed, scanned and processed at home with a simple C-41 kit from The Film Photography Project. While one roll was a complete fail (don’t mix b&w film with color developer), the other roll came out decent.
Staying inspired is sometimes a burden with being creative, but this is a neat hands-on learning process of taking on film in an independent role.
Also, how cute is Rudy the cat? I like that girl more than her owner (Hi Tony!).
Damn, Canada. You got it going on. Talk about a naturegasm, I was in heaven while we were in Osoyoos, BC. Lavender is my favorite flower and it was impossible to escape it there. Plus, the cherry orchards, the mountains, the Napa Valley landscapes with the friendly quail! Swoon.
This is really where the Pentax film winding started to fail, which resulted in some pretty cool double exposures that I wasn't even mad about.
Dear PNW, you win. Love always, Shelly
My first time to Seattle was for a long weekend, and I immediately knew I wanted to come back and spend more time there. Have I said how much I love nature? Well, there's a ton of it wrapped up in every crack in that city. So, cue the friendcation. Is that what the kids are calling it these days? I flew up there with a friend and met and visited more friends that live there, which included a weekend where we road tripped up to Canada.
The Pentax made the trip up there with me. Little did I know it would likely be the last trip. Sigh. I got a couple rolls of film through before the winding mechanism broke. I lost some pictures, but managed to get more out of it than expected. Yay!