Posts Tagged 'vintage'

Inimitable Heather & Polaroids

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This is my friend, Heather, and she came to visit me once, and it was the best weekend of my life, probably. We took a couple pics on my camera, as you can see, but the coolest pictures were on her little mini Polaroid camera. It is a freakin’ sweet little camera, and makes everything look sweet.

I’ve tried to imitate its effects below, but to no avail. No one could imitate Heather, either. She’s too sweet awesome and beauteous and far more chill than your average American. Obviously.

L

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Favorite Shots: The Image of My Heart Shall Be Exposed

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If the image of my heart were always to be exposed, it might be more like the left than the right sometimes. It’s a problem.

L

Pipe Dream #165: To Halve the National Debt

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Of all the neat places I’ve been in the last few month, Architectural Antiques in Northeast was one of the most interesting. There is enough mid-century hardware in this place to halve the national debt. Maybe. There was also a giant buffalo.

I took the opportunity to peruse and shoot in manual. It was a very unhurried session, and I got to capture what the light really looks like, so I was pleased. Enjoy.

L

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Pipe Dream #131: To Be Saturated In Bipolar

Well, this was clearly one of the best evenings of my life. Never mind that I was with two of my best friends listening to an outdoor orchestra–this lake was legit, mayn. Look at how rich the colors are!

There were even duckies in attendance. Cute ones, rather tame from the multitude of fries that have been flicked at them from the lakeside concession stand. Incidentally, the concession food is all locally sourced and zero-waste (wait, what?), which is probably why all the duckies look so healthy.

This beautiful old tram line was just 50 yards from the lake. It felt like something out of a mid-century film, and I couldn’t resist editing it as such. Pipe dream fulfilled. I was totally bipolar in the way I edited these shots. Same evening, same lighting, totally different feelings evoked. And we know that a shot without any evocation (is that a word?) is void, yeah? Yeah.

It apparently produced a shift in the way things should be colored, however. Both sets have depth to them, with or without color, I think. Cool.

Bye now,

L

Pipe Dream #113: To Skip Allergy Season And Keep Paris Season

Paris was a dream and a half. Besides one bad experience in which several Parisians in a row would not tell me how to get to the Pantheon, which was approximately three blocks away, I had a grand time. Oh, and I had to buy allergy medicine from a French pharmacy too. It would have been a lot worse if the lady selling it to me had been rude and not understood that I wanted non-drowsy meds. Enjoy these!

L

Pipe Dream #108: To Declare War, Revisited – Meringue Sandwiches

In my ongoing battle against flat whites, I created these meringues from a few spare eggs whites I had lying around. The peaks didn’t get quite as stiff as I would have preferred, but they piped beautifully.

I’ve shown you quick baked meringues before. For a coffee version, click here. For a chocolate chip version, click here. But I decided to bake these the more traditional way, with a cooler oven for a longer time. The result was a meringue that was crunchy all the way through (as opposed to the more hollow quick-baked version).

Because these were a little more sturdy, I could pipe frosting onto them without fear that they would break up. After a dusting of cocoa powder, these babies were ready for the stage. The stage being, in this case, my mom’s vintage chicken bowl. Never mind that it is probably meant to house, oh, chicken soup.

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Hard Meringue Sandwiches

2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup regular or superfine sugar

Preheat oven to 200°F.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar and vanilla, and beat mixture again until it holds soft peaks. Add the sugar, gradually, beating the batter until it is stiff. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Spoon batter onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 1 1/2-2 hours until solid and dry. Let cool, then fill with frosting of your choice or this one.

 

Someone Got It Right: Joyce

Today is my birthday, and I saved these pictures ’til today because I love them so much. Happy birthday to me.

L


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