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June 21, 2013

Film Fix – Monticello/Natural Bridge

I shot this roll of 35mm Kodak Tri-X film almost three years ago, and never got time to develop it in the darkroom when I was at school. It sat around in my film locker and room for a while so I finally decided to get it developed. So, I saw that some other photographers who are using film suggested Film Box out of  Nashville, Tennessee. I got my scans a couple of days ago and couldn’t wait to see what was on the roll since it had been so long.

When I moved into my apartment summer of my junior year of college, my family came out to help me move and we did some day trips. It wasn’t the first time I had been to Monticello, the house of Thomas Jefferson, but I love the architecture and gardens there. We also went out to Natural Bridge and took the trail up to the waterfalls.  I used my dad’s Pentax K1000 that he bought in August of 1985, so it’s older than I am! It still has it’s original manual and the three lenses that came in the kit with it. I used the Pentax to shoot all of my Intro Black and White film when I was at JMU and never had a roll of film fail it in. Knock on wood.

It also means a lot to me that it was my dad’s camera. He and my mom bought it not long after they were married and took it on the trips that they went on before they decided to have my sister and I. Mom and Dad actually took a trip to Monticello and Natural Bridge and there are photographs of it in old photo albums. Looking through those photo albums makes me realize how I really got into photography. Dad likes to say he isn’t artistic at all but he is fooling himself. I guess it’s like the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, and be inspired!


Front view of Monticello.




Dad sitting on the front steps of Monticello. (1986)



Under the Natural Bridge.



Butterfly on the Natural Bridge Trail to Lace Falls.



Lace Falls.



Mom sitting in front of the same waterfall pictured above. (1986)



Dad in one of the rivers along the trail to Lace Falls. (1986)



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