Roll #26: Walks at Dusk

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Occasionally we buy into the hype. Literally and figuratively. Being a photography aficionado, I frequently sift through photography blogs to learn more about film, cameras, zines, etc. One fine day as I was sifting, I came across an interesting proposition...the Canon Sure Shot Supreme. Although unassuming, the camera boasts a sharp 38mm f/2.8 lens and fancy triangulation auto-focus with a near-infrared beam. What does all this mean? Absolutely nothing if it doesn't work.

After obsessing over the camera's potential, I bought into the hype (literally) for $25 + shipping. As the camera was en route, I daydreamed about the potential. Low light shots, distorted portraits with delicious bokeh, world peace. I envisioned myself as a sheriff in the Wild West; Canon Sure Shot Supreme conveniently housed in a hip holster. As photo ops came my way, I'd quickly draw, aim, and fire to create flawless images. I was unstoppable.

Days later, the camera arrived. It was time to see if I would continue riding the hype wave. Would my buy-in convert from literal to figurative? Only time would tell.

I popped in a roll of TRI-X and headed to Baltimore Inner Harbor for a stroll at dusk.

There's a special feeling you get when you walk Inner Harbor on a summer night. Walkways are surprisingly empty. Warm winds sweep across the harbor and glance off the water to eventually kiss skin, leaves, steel, concrete. Flags gracing the masts of yachts flutter in unison to create a chorus. Each step a new brick, a new vision, a new sound.

Edges blur.

Another step.

A flash.

Water jumps, dances, falls. Overflowing. Fear becomes celebration.

A water taxi crosses the harbor in silence. Tiny waves lap against the side of the boat and quickly retreat, creating beautiful, ever changing patterns in liquid. These patterns slowly disappear into a smooth surface.

Strangers look into the distance, contemplating life. Taunting ducks effortlessly float by. No contemplation. No worries. No past. No pain. Floating.

People wait their turn. Some wait a moment, others a lifetime. Maybe today will be the day. For some, maybe tomorrow. For the unfortunate, a lifetime spent waiting for something they don't understand.

Dusk turns to night and the sky darkens as thoughts turn to tomorrow.

When some will obtain and rejoice.

When others will continue to wait.

Camera: Canon Sure Shot Supreme

Film: Kodak TRI-X 400

When: August 2019

Where: Baltimore, MD

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