I just realized that I’ve been hoarding a lot of my photos recently. I’m about to get another roll of film developed, but I haven’t put up any pictures online. Here’s a few photos from the Holi Fest from several months ago.
The Holi Festival is a Hindu festival held to celebrate the coming of spring. Also known as the Festival of Colors, the celebration of Holi usually involves participants coloring each other with colored powder. Holi is primarily observed in countries such as India and Nepal, but the celebration has spread to other countries as well, including the United States.
This past year, I was invited to attend the Holi Fest in Brooklyn. The venue was out of the way, but it was worth the 2-hour long trek.
My best friend, Caitlin, and I have spent the last four years corresponding via mail more than text, emails, or phone calls. I love that we each have a record of the years we spent in college and our transition post-college. I love how we both save up our best anecdotes for our letters – even if we give each other a call before we receive our replies.
Now that I have more time on my hands, I have become more interested in art form of letter-writing. While I’m waiting for Caitlin to write back, I find myself obsessing over how to write my next letter, from my writing instruments to the stamps that I use.
Current Postal Obsessions:
- Vintage stamps: Okay, I don’t know why I just realized that I could use cute vintage stamps to send mail. For some reason I just thought that really old stamps were “expired” or they were just used for decorating purposes. Or stamp collecting. But it only took a bit of research to realize that using vintage stamps seem to become a trend recently. Right now, I love looking at send more mail’s blog posts.
- Fountain pen ink: I got my first bottle of fountain pen ink a few weeks ago and I’m really excited that I’m putting my Parker Sonnet pen to good use. But now I’m itching to buy more bottled inks just to have the option of switching colors, based on my mood or based on what I’m writing. I love the threads at the Fountain Pen Network. They really know their fountain pens and inks and they are making my wishlist very, very long!
- Calligraphy: Calligraphy is such a huge trend now and you can see it everywhere online. I’d love to get my hands on proper calligraphy tools, but for now, I’m just going to keep cheating it.
- Letterpress stationery: I’ve been scouring etsy for cute letterpress greeting cards. I love shops that have a mix-and-match deal that I can get 4 to 6 cards at a discounted rate. Sadly, not all shops have this offer. I love bears eat berries and I’m hoping that there will be more designs up soon so that I can stock up on cards.
More than one year later, I finally got my black & white film from Argentina developed.
This post complements my Buenos Aires: Week 3 post. I had alternated taking photos on my digital camera and my Leica point-and-shoot that day. I’m super happy with how my shots on film came out.
Usually, after a trip, I get upset that I didn’t take more pictures on film… But by the way these photos turned out, I’m really happy that I was choosy with each shot. I think there were only a few shots in this roll that I didn’t like.