Sometimes life gets in the way and your fancy digital camera sits on the back of a closet shelf for two years. You take it out and leave it near the front door, to remember you own it, and then… just when dust begins to settle on the case… you make time for yourself to look up, look around, and press the shutter.
After a long photography hiatus, I’ve begun to dabble again. As much as I loved the raw shooting with my 35mm, I’m an instant gratification kind-of-gal now and the only way to get back was to get with the times and go digital. So my ol’ Canon Rebel 2000 has been shelved and replaced with a Rebel T1i.
This woman lived next door to a family I stayed with for a short time in East Boston. I went back to my negs and found I was able to capture this on the third shot (of only three without the assistance of a digital viewfinder). I was so timid photographing someone I knew that it was a snap and run. If she still lives in this house you’ll find her out front, chatting away with her neighbors in Italian, or playing with her grandchild on the cement stairs.
Using Kodak C41 35mm film and self-developed back when I had access to a lab, this photograph was taken at Baywater Street in East Boston. Across the channel is Logan Airport. I love the texture of the frayed rope and am happy I was able to get the light so that it contrasts against the dark background. Score 1 for college photography class.