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I got a new camera this week and went out yesterday for a shoot to try it out. It wasn’t the best light or the most interesting subject matter, but I tried anyway. Well, it turns out that the dial is not on correctly so none of the settings correspond to what is pictured on the dial. I didn’t realize this until I had already taken a number of photos on “color sketch” setting when I thought I had it on shutter-priority. Whoops. Yet somehow I really like how some of them came out. Here’s a sample.

sketch house

Looking at this photo of a marketplace street 商店街 near my apartment in Nishi-Ogu 西尾久, Arakawa-ku 荒川区 (Tokyo) makes me tremendously nostalgic. I used to return here in the dark when the greengrocers and other various tiny businesses were closing up for the night. If I managed to make it earlier in the evening, I would sometimes buy vegetables. (Having a supermarket across the street from my apartment building didn’t exactly motivate me to come here, though.)

greengrocer

I kid you not, I walked by this house again a week later and it was under renovation, complete with closed sidewalk and completely redone second floor. Francisville is an odd place. It currently appears run down, but house prices are going up and up, and there’s new construction everywhere. A mixed bag. Without much in the way of shopping, grocery stores, amenities, or great public transit, though, it’s not my bag.

I adore this house, though. It has such an abandoned charm.

ruined house

When is it going to be spring again? As I type this ice falls from the sky and crusty snow piles on the sidewalk. Well, it’s the fourth of March, and this photo is from May 2014. It’s from a walk home from OCF Cafe in Fairmount to my apartment in Spring Garden, down Wallace St. A lovely walk and clearly a lovely day as well.

springtime

Here’s one of my very favorites. I almost never take pictures of people, but I was rude and did it this day because the scene was so perfect. This is in 8th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia.

waiting

I of course was trying to take a picture of what’s beyond the window. In New York City on the Staten Island Ferry.

window

I love taking pictures of Broad Street Line subway stations when I’m waiting around for the train. Here’s one from Walnut-Locust in center city Philadelphia.

walnut-locust

This is a little out of focus, but I don’t often get an action shot. This was on a photo shoot with a defunct meetup group in 2013 in Rittenhouse Square.

pigeons

One of my favorite signs, and favorite photos, despite it being low-quality due to phone camera. It was found in 15th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia. May or may not still be there.

transpassport