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Coast to Coast

February 12, 2016
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Water

This woman traveled to the West Coast to collect a bottle of water from the ocean. She walked along the beach as that bottle clinked against her shoe. When she was ankle deep in the water, she dipped in her bottle, and then walked all the way back. This whole ritual was so simple and beautiful.

On a separate note, I couldn’t get over how perfectly these clouds registered on this film stock. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, film.

Travel

Some of my oldest memories are of laying on top of the speakers behind the back seat of my parent’s light blue 1975 Datsun 120Y. My parents would take me and my brother on long cross-country road trips using difficult/technical trucking routes. At a relatively young age we had seen every province of Pakistan. We had been to the forts of Multan, the peaks of the Himalayas, the desert of Sindh, had seen the flow of the Indus, and the beaches of Karachi. This wanderlust has been passed down to all of my siblings. Last year alone, me and my siblings visited four continents including extended stays in Africa and the Middle-East.
I really wanted to end 2015 on a strong note. I was originally going to go to Pakistan but the overlap with my sister and my mom was only two days. For the first time in years, I was left with a block of unscheduled days. I decided to go on a coast to coast adventure; from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast.

Pacific Ocean

The crashing waves of the Pacific Northwest minutes after arriving in Seaview, WA.



Film

A friend recently asked me if I am always looking at the world in terms of how I would photograph it and my answer was a resounding “no.” It is so much more important to look around and let pictures reveal themselves. If I was to look at everything through the cross hatches of a view finder, I would probably miss the all the beauty. The act of shooting without a digital viewfinder helps me slow down. For this whole trip, I only took my film camera and a few rolls of film. I hope you enjoy all of this medium format goodness.

Camera: Mamiya 645
Film:      Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Ektar 100
Lab:      Indie Film Lab


 

Haystack

These crashing waves were mesmerizing. I could have walked along this shore for hours longer.

Houses

These houses have the best views of the coast and the beautiful skyline. Check out the snow capped mountains in the background; they reminded me of Pakistan.

wow

I don’t even have words for this photo, those clouds look like they are from a dream. I think both me and the subjects in this image were in totally engulfed at the scene. Fortunately, I had a camera in my hands.


Little Houses

The sun was setting and I caught these houses in my peripheral vision.

East Coast

It was hard to leave the Pacific Coast but time was short and I had to make it to the Atlantic Ocean. I hopped on a plane from Portland to Detroit, rented a car and drove through Canada to make it to Bar Harbor, Maine. This city is the first place where the sun’s rays hit the United States. The first of January makes for a special occasion here. Typically my friend Bugsy and I go to the easternmost point of Michigan but he couldn’t make it to the East Coast with me.

The US Customs officer didn’t believe that I drove across the two countries just to look at a sunrise. Maybe I should find a way to send him this blog post.

Snow Covered Canada

Most of Eastern Canada looks like this in December. After a while, it starts to feel like you are going in circles.

Cabin

A lone cabin amongst hundreds of acres of pine trees.

Hues

The changing hues of the setting sun.

Cloudy

This is just the right amount of clouds. I feel like through out this trip I was looking for scenes like this.

Drinking Water

This is the source of drinking water for Bar Harbor, ME. I had to resist jumping in for a polar plunge.

East Coast

Another beautiful scene from Bar Harbor, ME.

First Sun

This was the first sunrise of 2016; it was absolutely glorious

2016

I am excited for an awesome 2016. I hope it is treating you well so far

End

Thanks for coming along for this photo story.

Any thoughts?




3 Comments

  1. Seema Feb 13, 2016

    You have a great gift of seeing the world with an artist’s eye. These are awesome pics ! Way beyond words to appreciate what you deserve.

  2. Samina Feb 13, 2016

    Beautiful Photography Khalid ! Some of them are really awesome .
    Gorgeous lake and river views ! Well done . Keep us posted with
    more of these wonderful photos . Would love to see some spring
    ones soon .

  3. Eat Pomegranate Photo Feb 20, 2016

    Dearest Ami and Samina Mumani,

    Thank you so much for looking through these. It made me so happy to see comments from both of you.
    We are all hoping for some Spring and Summer views here in the US.