A few holiday gift ideas

Here are a few ideas if you are still looking for holiday gifts for your loved ones.

Ona Camps Bay backpack. 

I love love love this backpack for overnight trips. I can carry my camera gear, cables, laptop, headphones, film, notebooks, a laptop as well as a change of clothes. The quality is excellent and looks great too. 

Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones

I have been through my share of headphones. These noise cancelling headphones are a life saver on planes and trains. They remove all outside noise, comfortable and sound great. The battery lasts a long time too.

Film Is Not Dead

This year has been a big change with my photography. Over 95% of my photography is now shot on film. As I started my film journey my friend Josh Harris turned me on to this book written by Jonathan Canlas. Great read, informative, funny and includes beautiful photos of course. If you haven’t previously shot film but are curious/interested than this book is for you. 

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s

The worst thing about the iPhone 6: battery life. The new Apple battery case is not the best looking but it feels really nice in the hands and you can charge it with an Apple lightening cable. The less micro-usb in my life the better. 

The County knife by The James Brand

A simple, beautiful, well designed knife. Perfect for hiking, camping or just opening up an Amazon delivery :) 

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Last but not least, please consider a small donation to our Charity:Water campaign. Lauren and I need $700 more to hit our goal (remember we will match any donation). Thank so very much to the folks that already contributed. 

Thank you Elsa Dorfman

Over the weekend Megan sent me this story about how legendary photographer Anton Corbijn is retiring.

The last line was especially noteworthy.

Photography as a slow pursuit is being lost, and Mr Corbijn is unwilling to spend his time to speed it up to today’s pace.

Thankfully there are still artists that are maintaining the ‘slow pursuit’ even though it’s often impossibly hard.

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting Elsa Dorfman in her Cambridge studio. Elsa is now 77 years young and making photographs with her massive Polaroid 20×24 — one of only handful made in the 1970′s.

This old wooden camera is huge. It makes instant photos that are 20″x 24″.

There is nothing easy about using this camera or the process. But the work is lovely and unique and so is the artist behind the camera.

This is a scan of the family photograph Elsa made for us. The print is wonderful (the scan doesn’t really do it justice). I can’t wait to hang it on our wall.

Elsa has a few boxes of film left for her marvelous camera. After that it’s done.

Thank you, Elsa. We love it.