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When you get film developed that is years old... by Kiley Melicker

I found this portrait of my dear friend Eric basking in the sun wearing his most Eric of Eric sweaters. I love it. I think this is from 2013 - the film was definitely expired by the time I got it developed a couple weeks ago.

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I found the most wonderful camera and film development store in Portland called Blue Moon Camera in the St Johns neighborhood. It takes me an hour to get there by bus, but it is worth it. I brought in 5 rolls of film that were untouched from 2013ish (some earlier) and expired. Sadly, many images did not come out in development. The owner of the store helped me out with my 35mm Nikkormat camera which has been acting up. He sent me home with some film and testing to do to pinpoint some issues. I was ready right then and there to just drop of my camera for a full spa day, but taking the time to test the camera will save $$$.

I'm slowly working my way back into film after a 5 year hiatus and it feels right. The hard part at this point is getting all my equipment back into working order - dead batteries and light meters, dusty cameras (dusty brain), mystery film and expired film. I do miss it though, which I take as a sign to return.

First Month in Oregon by Kiley Melicker

I've been much more active in taking photos lately as I deal with the transition and change that come with moving to a new state. There is a lot of territory to explore as I make this state more familiar, like when I photograph the green hills of the Oregon summer that I am used to seeing brown in California. I'm taking a lot of pictures of Brandon as we adjust to moving from a long-distance relationship to being only 20 minutes away. Slowly, bits and pieces are coming together to feel like home.

Film in Japan by Kiley Melicker

I didn't take a lot of film images while in Japan. I traveled lightly, taking buses, trains, and walking everywhere. I gave in to the ease of a small camera phone rather than a bulky film camera. For most of the adventure I was really present and into the experience, taking everything in and forgetting the camera. I spent a lot of time writing and reflecting at the end of the day.

As a photographer I tend to shift more towards capturing the familiar. I find it hard to focus on the details of very new things or to frame an experience without reflection. I frequent the same places (and people) that I want to photograph, going into thorough detail to map out that experience. Travel photography takes practice and it is something I would like to work on. 

A resting house my friends and I stopped at as we were hiking. We marveled at the age of the house, the tea, fellow travelers, the pickled plumbs and plumb wine.

A resting house my friends and I stopped at as we were hiking. We marveled at the age of the house, the tea, fellow travelers, the pickled plumbs and plumb wine.

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That cat belongs there. She got up and I followed her around the small town of Tsumago.

That cat belongs there. She got up and I followed her around the small town of Tsumago.

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I began most of my days in Japan with a quick run around the neighborhood. I passed this enough times to finally photograph it.

I began most of my days in Japan with a quick run around the neighborhood. I passed this enough times to finally photograph it.

I was intrigued by Japan's juxtaposition of industry and nature. I could be hiking for miles and still be in someone's backyard.

I was intrigued by Japan's juxtaposition of industry and nature. I could be hiking for miles and still be in someone's backyard.