The guy wearing the hoody riding the bike on the sidewalk (on the sidewalk!) mars this oldish picture. Or maybe he doesn’t, maybe he adds to what’s a flawed and ugly (I’ll admit it’s ugly, but I took it, so I’m allowed) photo of what you see a lot of when you walk across town, and it’s winter, and it’s cold, and winter’s long, and you’re waiting at an intersection to cross the street, and it’s cold. (Did I mention the length of the winter yet?)
The camera is a Minolta SLR. I think XD-11, but it might be an X-370. Definitely Minolta because we don’t own any other film cameras. The film: Grain looks like Ilford’s C41 film, which I’ve actually had a lot of trouble with: 24 exposures packed into 36 exposure canister, the film wound so tightly in the canister if fucked up the film crank on the X-370. But I like the fat grain of this film a lot.
Anyway, enjoy it. Failures like this picture are often thoughtful and good to learn from.
If you haven’t been in the garden behind the Longfellow House (and the Maine Historical Society building), then you should. It’s a nice oasis of quiet on Congress Street, fifty or yard from Monument Square, where there’s usually something (protest, disburbance) going on and where Preble, Congress and Elm Streets all meet.