A little while back – actually, that’s a lie, a long time back, as in a year ago – Leo and I were in Paris having a blast. Coutume café was conveniently located between our hotel and the Musée D’Orsay. We happily made two trips to the café during our short time. If you are visiting the neighbourhood (7th arrondissement), I do recommend you pop by for your caffeine fix. Trust me, it will be better than the corner café and bitter sludge they serve in brasseries. And bonus, they do café à emporter (coffee to go)!
Le Coutume Café
47 Rue de Babylone | Paris
I just got a roll of film developed at Happy Snaps, a London digital/print shop. I’m a bit disappointed by the weird dirt marks (??) on my photos, but otherwise, I like the colours, especially that pop of yellow in the first one. Definitely missing summer and Toronto right now…
Canon AE-1 | Kodak Portra 400
Lands End trail and the Sutro Baths ruins are two low-key sites in San Francisco worth visiting if you’re by Ocean Beach in the Outer Sunset and Richmond District. Unlike the city look outs at Coit Tower, Twin Peaks and Presidio, these two beach landmarks have a quiet and eerie quality hard to find elsewhere. They face the Pacific ocean, away from the city, and there is nothing but cliffs and violent waves crashing into rocks, chilly, sea air, crumbling remnants of a building from a bygone era, a dark cave to explore, and thick morning fog accompanied by incessant foghorns. Quite a few of us were tourists, but there were many locals jogging and walking their pets that morning.
The black and white photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 using Kodak 400TX. I scanned the negatives at home… I’m more or less happy with the results, except for the ones that keep looking like I’ve scanned them out of an old newspaper article, like these one below:
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