Final exams are over and yeah, I am now done with college! It’s time for another Lomography-filled winter break. Last time, I went to Minnesota for snowboarding. For my first part of this holiday season, I went to Ames to visit my friends.
This time, I only have my LC-A+ available with me as one of my classmates have borrowed my Diana Mini. I figured that he had never used any Lomography camera before, so I am thinking of letting him know how it feels to use an analogue camera. With my beloved LC-A+ and two rolls of Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 ready in my bag, I went to Ames with hopes and excitement.
My journey only took about five hours as the distance from my place, Des Moines is not very far from Ames. Ames is the home of Iowa State University, one of the big universities in Iowa other than Drake University and University of Iowa. This city was founded in 1864 as a station stop on the Cedar Rapids and Missouri Railroad and was named after 19th century U.S. Congressman Oakes Ames of Massachusetts, who was influential in the building of the transcontinental railroad.
When I was in Ames, I stayed wit my friends at their apartment. It was such a nice place to relax and calm yourself as the place was very peaceful and far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I found it very soul-soothing to walk around the park while taking pictures. Really inspiring!
I went to some of the places of attraction at Ames and one of them is The Octagon Center for the Arts. The Center includes galleries, art classes, art studios, and retail shop. They sponsor the local street fair, The Octagon Arts Festival, which also has the Annual National Juried Exhibition Clay, Fiber, Paper Glass Metal and Wood.
I really recommend Ames as a must-go destination if one prefers to get over his/her stress after a semester in college.