Film, Bridges, Beaches, Queens

While wandering around the lower east side earlier this week, shopping around for candy cigarettes and mexican voodoo candles, I came upon a sweet little toy camera at reed space. It’s called the Black Slim Devil, and it shoots 35mm film with a fixed 22mm f/11 lens and sells for just barely more than three sandwiches at Hana Food, so naturally I bought it.

I had an old roll of Fujichrome Velvia slide film buried in my camera bag, so I figured I’d try it out. I didn’t take into account that it’s almost impossible to have slide film processed without sending it out. However, I found a sweet spot in Greenpoint that is half photo lab and half Hello Kitty dealer. The guy who runs it will do C-41 Processing for two dollars per roll and scan negatives to a CD for five more. Nonetheless, I had my slide film cross processed in C-41 chemicals and got these super contrasty photos with some really inconsistent color shifts.

These photos are from the past four days.

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge while riding

Ave B

Suffolk and Delancey

Houston and Suffolk

Looking out the living room window

The release of my car from Brooklyn Navy Yard Impound

Riis Park

Tunnel under Rockaway Beach Blvd

Riis Park

Beach at Riis Park, Queens

More beach

People exit?

Headed back to Brooklyn

Rooftop view of the southside and downtown Manhattan

Northside and midtown Manhattan

Car exit

After picking up these photos from the lab in Greenpoint this afternoon, I rode my bike to Jackson Park, Queens and located what may be the best (only?) pastor tacos in New York. Good as they were, they’ve got nothing on the grilled lobster tacos I’ll be preparing on the roof on Monday.

I’ve got regular color negative film in the camera now, so more soon.

This entry was written by brett, posted on May 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm, filed under New York, Travel. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.


I’ve been in New York since Saturday evening.

I dropped Juan off at MIA last Friday afternoon and immediately headed north on I-95, stopping only for waffle fries and regular unleaded until RIchmond, VA, where I retired for a night’s rest around 5:00 AM Saturday. After leaving Richmond at 2:00, fighting DC traffic, almost running out of gas in Baltimore, and spilling cherry limeade all over the dashboard, I crossed the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn around 8:00 PM Saturday night. I’ve been posted up in the top floor of a loft in Williamsburg ever since (how ruthlessly absurd).

Here are some more photographs of questionable quality:

This is Slick Rick rapping at his own birthday party in South Beach. Not sure why I was there, but it was fun.

This is a liquor store on the way to Versailles- a castle that is also the best Cuban spot in Miami.

This is what I ate at Versailles.

These are our bikes at the beach.

This is what a Central Florida sunset looks like.

This is the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

This is the Brooklyn Bridge as seen from the northbound BQE.

This is the view from the rooftop where I’m currently residing.

I saw these in a thrift store in NoHo yesterday.
Their subtle way of saying “you have a free roundtrip on jetblue, now use it to go to Bogotá or else.”

These are from a Kodak disposable that I bought in Long Beach:

This is the view from my flight from LGB-ORD earlier this month.
The transition from the San Bernardino Mountains to the Mojave Desert is sweet.

This is the approach over Chicago, complete with a u-turn over Lake Michigan.

In other news, a great lunch was enjoyed today at the Boston Market in Ridgewood, Queens. Starting tomorrow morning (Friday) I have to go to three airports in four days and I’m not even flying anywhere. Saturday, however, I will be driving upstate for the day. No idea what I’m doing next week.

Also, I promise that effective immediately there will be no more hipstamatic photos on this blog.

This entry was written by brett, posted on May 20, 2010 at 11:51 pm, filed under Chicago, Miami, New York, Travel. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Four Weeks by Camera Phone

Chicago, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Ensenada, Tokyo, Seoul, LA, Miami.

Karaoke in Hongdae

Fried Chicken Delivery in Seoul

Compton Station on the LA Metro

Seoul Tower

That way

Central Seoul?

Rooflife in Playas de Rosarito, Mexico

Fail Mirror in Colorado

This TV Dinner was good

But the actual restaurant was way better

TV Dinner Restaurant


Strange Fruit is my favorite

Cosmos is pretty sweet too

How to spend $20 on a photobooth in Long Beach

Two trackbike boutiques in two blocks in Hongdae

Taco truck in Seoul

Moroccan sandwiches after a party in Seoul, shortly before a 5:00 am cab ride to Incheon Airport.

Five bikes on a rack for three on the way to Mexico

Look at all these Lenos. Burbank, CA.

Jerome getting political

Cause he’s got the money to be political

Long Beach airport is my favorite

How to drive from Chicago to Miami in under 20 hours

Juan’s fridge in Miami

Yesterday I bought the hipstamatic app for my phone, which is pretty amusing. These next few are from that.

Sir Juan’s Villa

Driving back into Miami from the beach

Fail raft

I’ll be in Miami until Friday, then headed to New York for a while. More soon.

This entry was written by brett, posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm, filed under Chicago, Long Beach, Mexico, Miami, Seoul, Travel. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Back in Miami

I left Chicago around 6:00 last night for South Florida, driving straight through the night into today until Del Ray, where I picked up Juan’s apartment keys and drove the final hour into downtown Miami. The drive took just over twenty hours in addition to the ten hours of nonsense errands that I had to take care of before leaving Chicago. Needless to say, I had a date with the air mattress immediately upon arrival. It’s pretty amazing what five hours on an Eddie Bauer air mattress will do for your motivation. Time now for Pollo Tropical and Poplife.

This entry was written by brett, posted on May 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm, filed under Miami, Travel. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Seoul Long? (for now)

Excuse the pun. Here are photos from my last few days in Seoul.

Instead of staying in Tokyo I came back to handle a few things in Chicago. I got back to LA on Sunday and Chicago last night. Disposable and iPhone photos coming soon.

This entry was written by brett, posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:50 am, filed under Seoul, Travel. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.