Perhaps my love of photography started here, with this camera. It was the early 1980’s, four years before I existed and my parents were embarking on an expedition north, to live and experience the raw wonder that is Alaska. My father aspired to capture it all on film and this was the camera he choose to do it with - a 1981 Minolta X-700, three lenses, plenty of Kodak film and my mother at his side. An adventurous duo they were, him tall and dashing, a true outdoorsman and my mother, young with a spontaneous spirit. They drove that 1500 miles in a blue pickup truck packed to the gills with everything they might need for the last frontier. I look at this camera and wonder… maybe this obsession, this love of film started before I existed, long before I set foot on this earth. I believe we inherit more than genetics from those who came before us. We travel through life with unexplainable passions, deeply rooted… a desire to fulfill the legacy of those cherished ones and walk along the same path they did. So maybe this also explains my fervent desire to witness with my own eyes what they saw that year, to capture some of the stunning places my parents used this very camera to shoot.
Fast forward to a few months ago when my father became seriously ill and I acquired that same camera, along with hundreds of slides of my parent’s journeys, an old Minolta projector and various other items from that year. My siblings agreed it belonged with me. It’s a part of my history, this camera and possibly the single most special thing I’ll ever possess. I haven’t shot with it yet, but I look at it every day and am comforted just knowing my father’s gentle hands carefully operated it and someday, mine will too. It’s a reminder of who I am, where I’ve been and the places I have yet to see. #alaskadreams#filmisalive#minoltax700#spilledink
These Joshua Trees are young-ish... just doing their own thing. We often wonder what a specific Joshua Tree would look like if we came to visit it in 5, 10, 20 years. With all of the rain lately, they should be pretty happy!