A Roll from the Honeymoon Camera

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

We were just rolling in the dough when we got married.

So much so that we chose to drive to Nashville, Indiana for our honeymoon. No expense spared, man. We stayed at the state park lodge there. We took a day trip to a Walmart in Bloomington. We even ate pie one night. Living the dream, we were. (But seriously, we did really want to go. My grandfather had told me enough about the artists' colony there that I wanted to see the place for myself.)

I knew that I wanted a camera with which to record the sights. And seeing as I would soon be an actual husband who planned on bringing home the proverbial bacon, it seemed a little unbecoming to borrow Dad's SLR yet again. Maybe that's how it went down. I don't actually remember. And I may have slightly exaggerated the extent to which we were rolling in the dough. In point of fact, the amounts of both the rolling and the dough were very close to nil.

But I do remember that I went to Target and bought a Pentax IQ Zoom 835. And not only that. It was the version which could put the date down in the corner of the frame. Pretty sure it was on sale.

The 835 has a 35-80mm zoom lens, which is a useful, respectable range. It's very light and compact. It's got the cool 90s silvery plastic thing going on. And that's about all that it has going for it. Maximum aperture is small. You don't have any control over the shutter speed or aperture. The lens is good enough, but not especially sharp. It is an unremarkable point and shoot, except that it's the one that we took on our honeymoon. (And some of those photographs still hang in our house.) So it's a nostalgic camera. Do you have one of those? I have a couple. They aren't the cameras that I want to use very much. But they are cameras that I don't want to retire. So oftentimes they stay loaded for months at a time, living in a glovebox or the jacket of an only occasionally worn jacket.

We will have been married twenty years ago tomorrow. We are probably going to stay home and watch a movie. I'm looking forward to that. But on our fifteenth anniversary, we went back to Nashville. And, quite by coincidence, earlier this week I developed a roll of film from the 835 which contained some pictures shot on that second trip to Nashville.

A highlight of both trips to Nashville was the T. C. Steel Historic Site.

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

If you live Elizabethtown, Ky., then you are likely one of the hundreds of people who has remarked on seeing Marnie's photograph of the stone steps hanging near the gift shop at Hardin Memorial Hospital. She shot that photograph on the same day on which I shot these. So maybe the subject of the next two photographs looks familiar to you.

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

T. C. Steele State Historic Site
Nashville, In.
May, 2011

On the same roll, but four months earlier, and from a chilly family outing to Freeman Lake Park.

There are trees there. Trees and shadows.

Freeman Lake Park
January, 2011

Freeman Lake Park
January, 2011

My son is a bundle of untamable, unbridled resting.

Freeman Lake Park
January, 2011

There were absolutely no automobiles at the park. Or maybe there were and they were just hidden very well.

Freeman Lake Park
January, 2011

Sneaky, Sneaky
Freeman Lake Park
January, 2011

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