Inspired by Ritchie Roesch's post on aspect ratios and his Agfa Optima Film simulation recipe and the 100% cloud cover over the area today (and probably tomorrow), I drove into downtown Princeton to see what had changed in the last two weeks since I had visited.
I parked on Nassau Street and walked up the steps to the publicly accessible garden, Betsey Stockton Garden, between Firestone Library and Nassau Street.
Stockton was an enslaved person in the Maclean House home of Princeton President Ashbel Green who, upon gaining her freedom, became a missionary and then served the Princeton community as a founder of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and as a teacher and founder of the first school in Princeton for children of colour. She is commemorated in a stained-glass window in the church her former students presented.
I don’t usually shoot square images, but I experimented with various compositions while walking around the Firestone Library.
So that you know, the square images below are captured using the 1:1 ratio on my Fujifilm X-T2. My goal was to shoot using the Agfa Optima Film simulation recipe and the SOOC JPEGs for this post. However, I could not get the Agfa Optima Film simulation recipe to work under lighting conditions. I looked at the JPEG images but didn’t like the result. They didn’t feel right compared to the example images on Ritchie’s website. I scrapped all the JPEGs but kept the square format. I applied an Adobe Lightroom Preset that I created to give my photographs a cinematic look.
Shortly after the governor of New Jersey issued his executive order for shelter-in-place and closed all the public schools, someone created a community group for my township on Facebook. There were lots of ideas about how the community could pull together to help less-privileged members of the town get computers and internet access so that the school children could attend classes from home. Some were organising to create meals for the children who were dependent on school lunches. This is all good.
But there was also much-seeming self-congratulation.
But if our community was so caring and giving then why was it so hard to find toilet paper? What were the meat and chicken shelves empty?
The people in my township who hoarded toilet paper, meat, eggs, and chicken, who emptied the CVS of every bottle of Tylenol. Is that the real community? Or is community a facade?
So here I am, a person with Type 1 diabetes, who uses alcohol prep pads to clean my glucose test sites and infusion set sites, who normally had no issues sourcing these from Amazon.com or the local CVS, panicking on Monday after seeing "sold out" on all the brands sold on Amazon. Being very concerned when we found out that the local CVS was also sold out. Relieved and then panicked because we could order them on Walmart but only one box. I normally order two. But even now I am more privileged than many who struggled to find supplies even before COVID-19.
📷 Today I worked at the client office on Wall Street. It was a cold morning. Waiting for the ferry was painful.
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