A Michigan Polaroid Journal

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In the Summer when the air is hot and humid my thoughts turn North in hopes of cooler temperatures and the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. This year I attempted to keep a little Polaroid journal of interesting things I saw while I was there. I like photos of shopping carts in a Conga Line ready to break out in dance. This is inspired by a photograph by Carl Root and I think about his photos every time I see carts lined up in a row like this.

Michigan2014 9Old trucks are a great subject for old Polaroid cameras (and old Polaroid photographers). This one was in Sawyer at the produce market.

Michigan2014 7We spotted this restored truck for sale on Highway 12 on the other side of New Buffalo, MI.

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Had to stop for this shot of a Morris Minor with the steering wheel on the right side. It’s parked by the Jewelry store in Lakeside.

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Going to Michigan is really about the lake and the different moods created by the sun, wind and waves. The days are long and lazy but the week always seems to end too soon.

Cirque Noir

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Anita Wolf at the Cirque Noir. For one reason or another the circus made a lasting impression on my childhood memory. I think it was mostly due to Sunday nights spent watching the Wonderful World of Disney where Mickey Mouse, Dumbo and Toby Tyler were all planted firmly in my young brain.

 

Mostly Hot & Humid

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Summertime fun in the sun (and shade) while trying to stay cool.

Hanging out at the pool with all the cool kids or at least the kids who want to look cool. It seems like these days everyone is trying to be someone or something they are not. Life has become all about Selfies and self validation. CBS News host, Bob Schieffer did a brief story on the dangers of Selfies this Sunday. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-july-13-2014-netanyahu-perry-gutierrez/

The definition of Selfies are, “Self portraits typically taken at an arm’s length.” This brings to mind an old idiom, “To keep someone at an arm’s length.” Meaning to to avoid becoming connected with someone or something. In this case the someone is ourselves. We are keeping our own true selves at a safe distance while trying to portray our social self as someone for others to envy. Look at me, I’m drinking champagne by the pool. Look at me, I’m dancing with the DJ. I’ve got no problem with self portraits or having fun in general but sometimes it would be nice if people would just be who they are instead of who they are not.