Black Rock City Detour

The Man being prepped to burn!

The Man being prepped to burn!

I know I’ve left you all hanging in wondering what adventures we’d find in Iowa, and I’ll get back to the road trip in a bit, but first a brief detour through Black Rock City, Nevada.

The Man - Diana 151 version

The Man – Diana 151 version

The playa was really tough on the little plastic camera. It was plugged up after the second roll; half the times the shutter stuck open if it fired at all. With the heat and dust, the film was sticking to the inside, and the third roll was all scratched to shit. I won’t mention how many times I forgot to advance the film; the playa was tough on me too.

Considered setting the Diana on fire, but burning plastic is not cool. Next year I’ll bring a wooden Diana!

Ballona Creek

Ballona Creek runs through Culver City to the Pacific Ocean and is one of those Army Corps of Engineer’s flood control projects (think of a mini Los Angeles River but with a little bit more water, so you can’t quite drive a car down it). This was one of the first things I photographed when moving to Culver City in 1997. In 2012, I re-photographed the same views with an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to compare the classic Diana 151 plastic-lensed camera, with it’s analog, silver-based film to it’s silicon counterpart.

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Ballona Creek, 1997

Ballona Creek, 2012

Ballona Creek, 2012

 

Ballona Creek at Duqusene Ave, 1997

Ballona Creek at Duqusene Ave, 1997

Ballona Creek at Duquesne Ave, 2012

Ballona Creek at Duquesne Ave, 2012

 

Ballona Creek at Overland Ave., 1997

Ballona Creek at Overland Ave., 1997

Ballona Creek at Overland Ave., 2012

Ballona Creek at Overland Ave., 2012

 

Ballona Creek, between Overland and Sepulveda, 1997

Ballona Creek, between Overland and Sepulveda, 1997

Ballona Creek, between Overland and Sepulveda, 2012

Ballona Creek, between Overland and Sepulveda, 2012

 

Old Bridge over Ballona Creek at CCHS, 1997

Old Bridge over Ballona Creek at CCHS, 1997

New Bridge over Ballona Creek at CCHS, 2012

New Bridge over Ballona Creek at CCHS, 2012

Well, I think there is no comparison…silicon is close, but it ain’t no Diana.