Happy New Year, slightly belated!

I went down to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, to celebrate New Year’s Day with friends. We had a nice time watching the festivities and getting ramen. Rather than take my digital along, I decided to take my Rolleiflex for the day.

Unfortunately, I had to wait until I had more film ready to be processed before I sent it all in, so technically I guess this is Happy New Year in July!

VA Hospital. Long Beach, California

Went to the VA Hospital today partly for photography, and partly so my roomate could take her new dog, Zoe out to get her more acclimatized to new surroundings. She’s going to be a service animal once she completes her training.

I was struck by how visually interesting the old buildings could be next to the new modern facilities, but also saddened to see the kinds of places set aside to help our veterans. I realize with the new modern wings being built that they are trying to update things, but the general appearance of the place definitely leaves a less than cheery feeling as you wander around.

From the peeling paint on most of the older buildings to the ancient equipment just shoved to the side or discarded on patios, it shows the real government at work. All shiny in the front, but don’t go checking the backyard.

VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
VA Hospital. Long Beach, California
Zoe, Service Puppy in Training.
Zoe, Service Puppy in Training.

Fuji X100

Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, California
Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, California

I’ve been playing with a Fuji X100 for about a week now. I’ve been intrigued by it since it first came out and have used a friends X100S a few times and been impressed. I think this might make a nice walkabout camera if I can just get the hang of it. So far I’ve had mixed results.

My Friend, Lee

Vietnam Veteran, Lee
Vietnam Veteran, Lee

 

I met Lee almost twenty years ago when I was still in high school. At that time he was a stringer for several of the Southern California area newspapers and I was starting to consider photography as something more than a hobby. As the years have gone on, we’ve kept in contact and spent many hours discussing photography, the military, and life in general.

Lee’s a crusty old Marine who’s not afraid to tell you what he really thinks, but has a unique outlook on life. I always enjoy his take on the days current events, which usually include a Vietnam memory or two with full two-part harmony of colorful metaphors thrown in for good measure.

Being the old school Nikon shooter that Lee is, I thought it appropriate to use a 1980’s vintage Nikon 20mm lens for this shot. We both shoot Canon digital now, but its still fun to drag out the pretty Nikon stuff from time to time!