I made a set of images of the work hanging at "Street Smarts" - please contact me at email@example.com if you're interested in any of the work.
I love synchronicity.
My photography show opening was last Friday, and I had several loose prints of my work out for sale, in addition to all of the framed work. A woman expressed interest in this photo that was on the table. It turned out that Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a favorite of her friend, so she felt compelled to purchase the image.
When I first saw this sticker last year, I felt just as compelled to shoot it. "Stay gold Ponyboy" kept running through my head. I've come back to it a few times, capturing it in medium format and 35mm. This version was shot with a Canon EOS 1v.
Three people connected by a single image made for a pretty nice point in time that night. Thank you to whoever put that sticker out there for people to find so all this could happen.
Here's the poem that Frost wrote back in 1923:
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
I found my first rangefinder with manual controls at a pawn shop - a Konica Auto S2. It still had its original black case with Konica label on the front, and the body was pretty clean.
The controls are pretty simple - focus, ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all on the lens. The frame lines inside the viewfinder shift with the focus, which is a nice touch. For a '60's rangefinder, the viewfinder is still pretty bright, and the center patch is still visible for focus in a contrasting yellow color.
I ran a roll of Kodak Gold 200 though the camera. The film expired in 2002 and it's been waiting patiently in the fridge to be shot. I got some nice colors and stills out of the camera - it was worth the purchase and time spent to use it.
After shooting street art as I've found it in Houston for a few years, I'm looking forward to showing that work along with other photos of Houston at a show opening March 1 at East End Studio Gallery.
Some of the photos will be paired with original works by some of the artists pictured. I'm glad for their participation in this show. It's their work after all that I'm capturing when I'm out and about.
Artists in the show include:
Michael C. Rodriguez
Show details are on the event page at FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/467483946639166/