Holiday with my Smizmar

I did it. I survived another Christmas. V. and I trekked down to her mom’s place in San Patricio for Christmas Day. Got some good photos. We saw my family on Christmas Eve Day. Got some good photos.

We drove back into town last night and I immediately got to processing my film. I knew all the pro labs were going to be closed this week so I stocked up on chemicals last Friday. I forgot to get archive sheets to keep at the house, though, so I had to curl my negs up in ZipLoc™ bags until I got to my studio today. Loserish, yes, but it worked.

I surprised myself by traveling light this weekend. I took my M6, with the Nokton 50/1.5, five rolls of HP5, one roll of expired Sensia, and that’s it. No other glass, no flash, not even any digital gear. I slung the camera over my shoulder and filled my cargo pants full of film, like so much candy, and hit the road content.

Okay, get ready for a crapload of holiday snaps… My family gets along, though, so don’t expect any exciting knife fight photos.

Venda and Ash
V. and Ash on Christmas Morning.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

As usual, I lurked in the shadows with my camera. That’s usually how I prefer it to be when I’m at any kind of official function.

Horse Head
V. gets a scalp massage with a plastic horse.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Mahgan
Mahgan, caught by surprise.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Mom
My mom, who is ever-helpful, fixes a tear in V.’s sweater… and is obviously happy to do it.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Will and camera
My son likes to try to catch me off guard. I’ll let you know if he is ever successful, lol.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Presents
Raking it in.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

More
Certainly there must be more in there.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Venda Coy
I don’t know what was going on here.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

Venda and Mary
V. and her grandmother.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

The Tally
Tallying up the loot.
Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH
Ilford HP5+ +2
Photo © Darren Abate.

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~ by peakaction on December 27, 2006.

3 Responses to “Holiday with my Smizmar”

  1. Fucking fantastic. These are great.

  2. Thanks, luv. I should get the slides back tomorrow. Got some outdoor shots too.

  3. Really love your work, wish one day I can reach same level.

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