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We are getting so close to the Blue Moon Camera's Annual Customer Show 2015!
Customer Show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 7-9pm in multiple venues in St. Johns. Details can be found at our event page: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/412899232241966/
We are featuring some highlights from over the years from past Customer Shows.

We couldn't do it without each and every one of you.

All images are curated by the staff of Blue Moon over the course of a year. No submissions are taken, these images are found and selected out of everyday, extraordinary customer work that comes through our lab.

This image is from 2012 Customer Show, made by Devon Riley. Thanks Devon!
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How about a mid-week dose of photo inspiration? Here are three images made with Holga cameras using multiple exposures. Holgas are nifty in that their shutter mechanism is not tied to their film advance, so you can make as many exposures as you want without advancing the film to great creative effect.

https://www.facebook.com/bluemooncamera/photos/pcb.859759107473488/859758034140262/?type=3&theater

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It is time for our weekly instagram feature @bluemooncamera
A large facet of our ideology here at Blue Moon orbits the idea that over the past century and more, many awesome cameras have been designed and built. These cameras are still around and still have so much purpose and function. Instagram has given us a digital platform to share/remind/converse/geek out/commiserate/educate/reflect upon this multitude of cameras. If you know us at all then you also know we have a fondness for the tactile and tangible. So we have taken our IG imagery and some of the writing, quirky and educational in spirit, and rolled out a line of postcards. Half potential correspondence waiting to happen, half trading card in aspiration, these cards let you take some interesting and inspiring cameras home in glossy 2D form, which granted is not as nice as the full 3D version but is much less expensive. Start that camera collection you've always wanted today.
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With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up soon the percentage of photographers jettisoning through the skies in pressurized metal tubes is on the rise. More photographers in the skies means more film going through airport x-rays. We have been answering a number of questions across our counters lately regarding the risks and best practices, so we dug up this two part article we wrote a few years ago that has some helpful information for the traveling film photographer. We'll share part 1 with you here, part 2 will be coming up tomorrow afternoon. We hope this helps you out in your future travels.
As always, if you have any further questions or info to share with us, feel free to get in touch - give us a call, send us an e-mail, pay us a visit. Being avid film photographers ourselves we spend a fair amount of time navigating our freezer bags of film through airport x-rays. We are always happy to share our experience with you and to hear the latest helpful information ourselves!

http://codex.bluemooncamera.com/…/flying-with-film-x-rays-…/

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There so many good photoblogs out there that we like to keep our eyes on, but one of our favorites is Lenscratch. Without fail, Aline Smithson curates imagery that will get you to pause and think and look, an incredible achievement considering how distracting our computers and phones can be.

Their most recent post, a series of "portraits" of politicians by Irish photographer Mark Duffy is equal parts captivating, mildly disturbing and humorous. You won't be able to look at a campaign poster the same way again, or the politicians on the posters for that matter.

 http://lenscratch.com/2015/11/mark-duffy-no-1-vote/

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We are getting closer each day to the Blue Moon Camera's Annual Customer Show 2015!
Customer Show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 7-9pm in multiple venues in St. Johns. Details can be found at our event page: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/412899232241966/
We are featuring some highlights from over the years from past Customer Shows.

We couldn't do it without each and every one of you.
All images are curated by the staff of Blue Moon over the course of a year. No submissions are taken, these images are found and selected out of everyday, extraordinary customer work that comes through our lab.

This image is from 2013 Customer Show, made by Ruthie Moehlmann. Thanks Ruthie!
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Looking for a good film blog to follow? There are so many out there, but head over to Film Shooters Collective. They are a dedicated group of film photographers and it is a safe bet that you will find some nice film image or another over there on any given day. Currently they have an interview up with one of our customers, Colton Allen. Colton is living with ALS and has used the opportunity of his disability to really dive headlong into photography. Living in the southern Oregon town of Talent, his work is heavily influenced by William Eggleston and is worth a long ponder.

http://filmshooterscollective.com/analog-film-photography-blog/featured-artist-november-2015-colton-allen-10-31

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This week on our Flickr stream we are featuring Anne's photography. Anne is French by birth, growing up in Rouen about an hour outside of Paris. In light of the recent attacks in Paris and the extent to which it has affected her, she has chosen to show a week's worth of images from her home country.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluemooncamera/
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Welcome to the first post in our new Sunday Inspirational. Every Sunday we are going to share with you some piece of literature, some collection of photos, some podcast that has helped changed the way we see or think about our own photography. To kick things off, we bring you Truth and Cannonballs from RadioLab, one of our favorite podcasts and one we will link to more in the future. So queue this up on your Sunday morning and get the day started by thinking about something photographic.

 http://www.radiolab.org/story/308563-truth-cannonballs/

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We have a long one here for you to read, longer than usual, but it is well worth it. This is a letter written by one of our customers to one of his photographer friends to explain a decision of his, a decision to remove the film from his Holga but continue to carry it and use it.... for an entire year. How much are we driven and influenced by our photos? How much are we influenced by our audiences? There are some great ideas to be read in the following note, some great questions to ask yourself as well, and a great opportunity to look at and think about your photography in a different fashion.
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But, somewhere along the way, something changed for me. I've had many friends ask me why I quit, and I usually start the story at the end. I usually start by saying, I still shoot (usually with a holga), but I don't put film in my camera anymore. This usually leads to some very puzzled expressions and I have to back up and tell the story from the beginning. Really, I often carry a camera and wander the streets of Portland like I have for the past few years. But, I don't want to see the results of my shots. What I want, is to see the world. My camera changes the way I do that.

When I was 16, I went to Greece for a three week school trip. I brought my camera and, after shooting some pics at the Parthenon, and on Santorini, I started to realize that I was missing the experience of seeing the places I was visiting because I was so focused on trying to save an image to look at later. I put my camera down and didn't take a single shot of the last two weeks of the trip. Or, the next ten years of my life. I just soaked in the scenes and tried my best to live in the moment.

That changed the way I thought about photography and, for the next 14 years, I never owned a camera. I spent almost a decade immersed in wilderness and outdoor activity, climbing and backpacking in Mexico and throughout the western United States, and I have only a few snapshots, given to me by friends, to record any of the experiences. My move to Portland was a dramatic lifestyle adjustment as well. I decided to see how green the grass really is on the more urban side. I rarely backpack anymore (as my photo stream attests) and I gave up rock climbing completely.

But I've always loved photography. I love it for the art. I love the moods, the way Steven Shore can capture a series of lines and patterns in what superficially appears to be a mundane scene and launches the viewer into a different mental space... Ed Weston, transforming a bell pepper or a thigh into a tonal voyage.... and the incredible work of the people I admire so much on Flickr, each image, an experiment, and each photo stream, a progressive map and tale of discovery. I'm sounding melodramatic again. But, these pictures really have changed the way I view the world. And so I wanted in. I started sharing too.

And I started wandering the streets of Portland, looking with fresh eyes at cracks in the sidewalk, streaks on a wall, buildings and, best of all, people. I saw light, lines, and structures in a way that I hadn't previously seen them. Unlike my days in Greece, trying to capture a snapshot for posterity and thus pulling myself away from a moment, this new way of using the camera had the opposite effect. Now, I was being pulled in. And I started to examine the constantly evolving scenes of my daily walk to work with new appreciation. It's hard not to keep sounding melodramatic. But it's true.

We've never met. At least not face-to-face. And I have no idea if we'd even be friends if we lived a few blocks apart (but I suspect we would). But in your photostream, I found such tremendous inspiration because you constantly capture the things I'm talking about. And, as I aimed my lens at the sidewalk and buildings of Portland, it not only changed the way I would see my own town, through Flickr, it changed the way I would see the world. I had a blurred pigeon, flying past a column, as my desktop background for a year. Because that pigeon was such an awesome example of something I would encounter every day, but would never have thought to capture the art of it like you did. So, on Flickr I found inspiration and a wealth of new art.
Until it became too much. And something changed. At first I liked the attention. No, not just at first, I still like it. When an image hits the explore page, or when I get mail from someone who requests to use an image in a publication, or someone leaves a sincerely flattering comment, or a zillion of them, I like it. And I like to reciprocate. I like being able to tell someone how truly inspirational they are. But the attention doesn't have anything to do with the cracks in the sidewalk. Once again, my reasons for taking pictures started to shift. I wasn't taking snapshots to put in a photo album like I was in Greece when I quit shooting. I was still trying to capture something artistic, and I was still experiencing the moment of the shoot. But the attention of a Flickr page vied for my energy as much as, and sometimes more than, the shoot itself. I started to feel an obligation to produce something. This has an upside, it kept me shooting. But it has a downside as well. If my images didnt get attention I'd get bummed out. And I started to think about "my audience" more. I started to cater my shots to the Flickr folks who were looking at my stream. Steadily my number of contacts grew. I couldn't keep up (which I'm sure you are familiar with) and then, the final straw, was when I realized that I wasn't shooting cracks in the sidewalk anymore. As I was shooting, I was thinking about what might attract attention. My post process became less about my own ideas and visions, and more about trying to speak to an audience that I was rapidly realizing I didn't know. I feel like, on some level, I know you. I know Dan. I know Angie, and Noicework (Allison), and Zeb, and Sati. But I don't know most of the 200-something people on my contact list. But I want to. And so it all spiraled until one day, I took the film out of my holga. I can't say that I don't care about the attention a photographer on Flickr receives. But I can say that it isn't why I started taking pictures again.

So, it wasn't a conscious decision to stop posting images. It was a gradual realization that I actually felt more inspired when I didn't have film in my camera. I don't need the snapshot. I want to see a moment. My camera helps transform the way I do that so I will keep playing with my camera. And, I might start posting images again. I really do love the comments, the feedback, the sharing. But I don't want that to be my reason for shooting pictures.

Anyway, this got long. I've felt like explaining myself for a while now. I still love to quietly surf the pages of Flickr. I love spending hours in the photography section of Powell's Books. And I still love to stop to think about the lighting on the buildings as I walk to work. I'll keep shooting. And on occasion, I'll keep posting. And I hope that people will keep looking. I know I will.

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/thespeak/6923667198/
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