This one goes back to Fall of last year, I forgot I had it (the roll of film predates this post). Strangely enough I had a dream last night having to do with industrial waste, parking lots, and photography. And Kodak.
An assignment for my Intro to Archaeology class, my friend and I studied a small parking lot to determine what information we could glean from what people leave behind them (in the form of trash, mostly), just as archaeologists can only learn about ancient peoples by what is left of them after being buried for millennia. And I took pictures.
It was a good chance for me to try out a new lens (the Mamiya/Sekor 55mm 1.8), as I had just purchased a Mamiya 1000TL the week before at a thrift store. I’ll try out the camera itself at a later time, but the lens is wonderfully sharp and I had no problem using it on my Spotmatic body. I tried for a bit of a minimalist aesthetic, and still life subjects aren’t something with which I have a whole lot of experience. The Mamiya/Sekor lens could focus quite close to my subjects, which was definitely useful for me.
Among the litter we surveyed, there were 7 straws, 2 cups, 4 pop cans, and 13 scraps of paper, but the most plentiful find was a total of 251 cigarette butts, which leads me to the conclusion that smokers are just assholes.