I have had a year that has been bad beyond words for me. I will not go into details, but photography has helped me to keep my sanity along with some amazing friends. In particular shooting on film has been therapeutic. It's time consuming and you have to think about it. Instant gratification need not apply here. I have been shooting digital, but I had gotten a Graflex Speed Graphic and have been using it to document my time here. I'd like to share a shot from the first batch of film from my Graflex of an amazing friend that flew to the other side of the world to tell me it's going to all be OK some day: This is a photo of a 4x5 contact print. It looks soooooo much better in person. Out of all of the the prints, this one looks the worst in person, but showed up the best on the quick photo I took. Taken with a 1945 Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic (from the USS Alabama) with a Kodak 127mm F/4.7. Shot with Kodak Portra 400. My first time shooting large format, and shooting with out a light meter.