Jefferson Center

Jefferson Center
[Taken 8 June 2016]

From Wikipedia:

Created in 1970, the Jefferson Center moved into the old U.S. Post Office building at 1300 Jefferson Avenue in 1972. The school hoped to be a trendsetter nationally and aimed at TPS students that had issues with their home schools. Instead of having principals, teachers, students, and a separate set of rules for adults and children, the school was set up with the titles of director, supervisors, evaluators, and trainees. After much renovation to equip the building for instruction, the school was able to provide programs in building maintenance, child care, fabric service, food service, health care, manufacturing and construction, merchandising, office services, and warehousing.

Despite its intentions to serve troubled teens, the Jefferson Center still had problems with attendance and graduation rates throughout its history. After a short debate on whether it was living up to its original expectations, the school was spared from closure in 1989 along with Macomber-Whitney High School.

The Jefferson Center remained open until June 2000 when TPS decided to save $15.2 million by cutting the alternative school, along with Old Orchard Junior High and 67 teaching jobs. The Head Start program moved into the building the following year.

In April 2011, TPS considered demolishing the building unless an alternative use for it could be found. A majority of the school board has voiced opinion in favor of keeping the historic 1911 building standing.

Empty Chairs At Empty Tables

At Starbucks

Taken at our local Starbucks, using the bulb (long exposure) setting on my Blackbird Fly TLR.

It took me forever to adjust this in Photoshop (I’m still not quite satisfied), and I didn’t realize what was throwing me off until I was almost done. Look closely, and you can just barely see the person who walked in front of the counter during the three-second exposure, then paused at the right side of the frame. (Easier to see at a larger size — look especially at the legs of the left-most chair.)

Lamppost (Sprocket Photography)

Sprocket Lamppost

Taken at Levis Commons with the blackbird,fly twin lens reflex camera I bought in Japan. The Blackbird takes 35mm film, but has a removable mask specifically to allow sprocket photography.

The double-exposure at the top and bottom of the frame was completely unintentional, but adds to the charm, in my opinion.

Blackbird Fly Test Roll

Trolley Sign

I purchased a new toy camera at Kiddyland in Harajuku while I was on vacation. I hadn’t expected to find any such thing there; we had other cuteness on our agenda. But when I saw that camera on display, I couldn’t say no.

I had planned to take a test roll in Tokyo and Nikko, but I forgot the Blackbird Fly in Aaron’s backpack at the inn, and once I realized what I’d done, wasn’t about to walk all the way back to the edge of town to get it. So I finished the roll at the Old West End Festival on Saturday, instead.

Overall impression: I like it. It makes distinctive photos, which is a big plus; also, it’s just manual enough to keep me on my toes, while being forgiving enough that my slip-ups don’t ruin everything.

More photographic geekery follows — and more pictures, too.