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Today I am feeling grateful for technology. I woke up and started reading on my kindle while Brooks watched Wallace & Gromit on Netflix next to me in bed. Throughout the day, I was making mental notes about the technology I was using. My favorite part was grilling steaks while listening to an old Sonic Youth album on wireless headphones. It’s amazing, at just the click of a button on my phone, I was able listen to an album from over 20 years ago while cooking outside. It’s a double edged sword though. As a huge music fan, there’s no more anticipation, no more build up of excitement to experience the album in its entirety. 20 years ago, I often had to wait several weeks to have a record shipped from overseas (I grew up in Sweden and most music I was interested in had to be ordered from the U.S.). I miss the wait, I miss ripping off the protective plastic, the sweet smell of vinyl, looking over the album design & cover art and most of all, reading the linear notes. And then carefully placing the needle on the first track and sitting back to just take it all in. So I guess I am also thankful to have lived at a time where buying a record was a very memorable experience.

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Gorgeous day in Raleigh. This is my favorite time of the year, right before it starts getting too hot and humid. Today I am feeling grateful that despite 20+ surgeries on my legs I can still move around enough to teach my girl how to play basketball. 

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Kodak Tri-X - Black & White Perfection

My friend Johnny Patience was kind enough to offer to develop and scan a roll of Kodak’s Tri-X for me. I am so, so thrilled about the results. This look is basically everything I want out of black & white; these mid-tones are so deliciously smooth and the blacks are perfectly rich. Oh, and that beautiful girl is my lovely wife Michele. Shot on a Fujifilm GW670III.

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My guy

This guy isn’t nearly as interested in having his picture taken as his bigger sister so I am glad he reluctantly agreed to some portraits lately. The first two were made with a Hasselblad 501CM and the last frame was made with a Rolleiflex 2.8F. Film is tri-x.

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