Excusions: Digital Memories

So not too long ago, I got a nice present in the mail.


Lee, from the travel blog Sprited Pursuit, graced me with her own Canon AE-1 in a giveaway. This gift came with an encouraging note to keep up with A Ticket for Two, and to hopefully produce some cool photos with it.


A photo posted by Kristina (@aticketfortwo) on Aug 7, 2015 at 11:35am PDT


I decided to get through the many rolls of film that I had yet to develop, organize my digital photos, and learn how to work this new camera to the best of my ability. This got me thinking about the many times I’ve attempted to achieve some magic with a camera, and the many times I kind of sort of did.

So with a lot of mental patience and fortitude, I logged in to my old Flickr account. Let’s go down Memory Lane, shall we?

So, from the earliest inception of my Flickr account, I was knee-deep in what I’ll call my “Lomography-phase.” Lomography is a movement based around analog cameras, and you can imagine how enticing this was to me, a youth growing up eager for something counter-culture.

A close-up version of this photo was my Myspace profile pic for a while.

With my Holga and my Colorsplash (that I bought with birthday cash and Christmas cash), I’d take artsy photos of my feet made for my Myspace page,

Yeah, I was wearing bell bottoms. I don’t know either.

photos of my schoolbus,

This photo represents the futility of life, being channeled from one place to another, and the final escape to the heavens… Yeah, that’s what it means.

photos of my teachers’ fire demonstrations in class,


hospital waiting rooms,

light-in-darkness_226584870_oimages of my mother’s garden,

There’s a froggy in this photo!

perty-rose_226568767_othe sky,

hearts-in-the-sky_226568763_oand animals like my pets,

Biggie Smalls
Peaches and Sunshine

or even the ones that drive cars.

There’s a doggy in this photo! It reminds me of that Black Keys album cover, El Camino.

Developing 120 and 35mm film would prove expensive for a high school student, plus the only place that would develop my 120mm film was a half hour away. I had already got into the habit of going back and forth between my Lomo cameras and a digital camera that my folks let me use. With it, I’d take such remarkable photos like “Bus Window at Sunrise,”

my pets and other animals, once again,

Biggie, again

and sometimes photos of me were taken with it, one by my father with my Yoohoo earrings that I made,moi_324555215_o

and later, a friend would snap this photo of me during my blond fro phase.


This hair and this camera would accompany me to my trip to Japan in 2007.




I made an effort to figure out where this photo was taken for the next Japan trip, an Okonomiyaki restaurant called, Sakura Tei.
See the blond? It rained everyday I was there.

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buddha-buddha_956957640_ounder-my-umbarella_905809760_oI’m not sure if I’ve spoken about my Japan trip here on A Ticket for Two. I remember it being a focal point of my college application essays, the first line going something like, “As I walked through the airport, passing by hundreds of people and hearing many different languages, I remember thinking, ‘I could get used to this.'” 

The wig wasn’t a good look.
My first time with matcha. I hated it, but I drink it daily now. As for the bean paste treat? I’m still not sold. I couldn’t even finish it then.

I wasn’t lying, college admissions folk. I still enjoy cultural studies, travel, learning languages, and as evidenced by the post above, capturing it all someway somehow.

While in Japan, I wrote in a diary (which was graded for some weird reason), and for the first time since then, I was inspired to crack it open and see what it said. My last entry says,

“After a whirlwind of activities, shopping, and walking, I’ve changed in surprisingly subtle but immense ways. I know I’m more sure of myself. Getting in hot springs nude and mingling with native Japanese in broken Japanese can do that to you. I’ve let go of a lot of inhibitions, a lot of which were putting my ‘fun on hold,’ and others I’ve kept to keep me out of trouble. Finding a balance between the two has been hard, but somehow I think I’ve gotten close. Also, I think I’ve become more tolerant of differences. Accepting people for who they are and not forcing them into something they’re not. It’s a lot easier to get along with that attitude, and you open yourself up to meet people you wouldn’t usually get to know.”

Here’s to hoping I keep that attitude up, go on more adventures, take more pictures, and share it all.

Thanks to Spirited Pursuit for the camera, here’s to travel, photography, and passion for exploration!



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