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Paul Swortz

Paul Swortz



Lives in Seattle. Takes photos.
  • Rolleiflex 2.8D Xenotar
  • Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5
  • Canon AE1
  • Minolta X700
  • Polaroid SX70
  • Polaroid 360
  • Polaroid Reporter
  • Canon S90
  • Nikon FE
  • Canonet 40mm f/1.7
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D800
  • GoPro Hero2

Providers of my Daily Will to Work

Published December 13th, 2012

Seattle doesn't get as much rain as people think, but we do get long stretches of gloomy days without sun. Chef/author/TV host Anthony Bourdain cited the environment here as a possible source for our obsession with great food, amazing beer, and coffee.

We have a lot of choices when it's time to coffee up, and my favorite -- for the last 18 months anyway -- is coffee from a small chain called Cherry Street Coffee.

Despite stimulant effects of the main beverage served, I enter this store and am immediately relaxed by the music, the funky decor, the fragrance of the coffee and food, and anticipation of the friendly banter ahead with the men and women behind the counter.

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Rolleiflex 2.8D Xenotar

Published August 7th, 2012

I've wanted a TLR for some time, but when I read about the discovery of Vivian Maier's work a few years ago, and saw the amazing result she got with her Rolleiflex, I began my (admittedly lazy and half-hearted) search for a similar camera at a price I could afford.

A few weeks ago, I found one, and shot a few rolls to check shutter speeds, etc. They're close, but I'm having it overhauled by the amazing Karl Ehlers, and am eager to get it back shoot some more.

The black and white are Ilford HP5+ 400 and the color are Velvia 50 (I'm stocking up on this soon-to-be-discontinued film right now).

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