I have something really special in my group of college friends from Ohio State (excuse me, THE Ohio State University). A few years back we started getting together on a semi-annual basis and it’s like we’ve never been separated, even though a lot of us live outside Ohio now. Unfortunately this time the gathering came about because one of our number has fallen. The last time I saw him was nearly a year previous, the last time we got together (I flew in from Colorado) and not long after that he told us all that he was diagnosed with cancer. All I knew from then were the Facebook updates posted by him or his family. He leaves behind a son and a wife who is 8 months pregnant.
It wasn’t the best occasion ever, but it was good to hang out with old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in a decade. For this trip all I took was a roll of Tri-X loaded in the Olympus Trip 35. I didn’t even worry about the x-ray machine, I figured that I’d test out the assumption that the film would survive just 2 airplane trips, and it seems to be alright. I haven’t looked too hard at the negatives yet, but for my purposes it came out alright (except that with my scanner in storage I couldn’t really work with them as much as I’d have liked). Though my focusing could have been better, the Trip 35 performed well inside and out (and fit in my suit jacket pocket), especially shooting the astoundingly versatile Tri-X.
It’s been hard finding a time that works for all of us, but I think that after this we’ll all make time, because the future is promised to no man, and each get-together could be someone’s last.
2016, Cincinnati, OH (Pt.II)
2016, Cincinnati, OH (Pt.I)
2014, Lake Cumberland, KY
RIP Dave DiSilvestro, 1984-2017.