david schrott is everywhere

David Dietz. York, Pennsylvania

Posted in Farm Life, Fine Living Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 08/30/2013
David Dietz. Peasant at Large.

David Dietz. Peasant at Large.



Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 08/28/2013



sometimes, it’s more fascinating when the camera doesn’t show you everything.

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Surrealism by thebreakfastdictator on 08/20/2013
Biaggo (No Focus)

Biaggo (No Focus)



film is beautiful

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 08/19/2013

Redcay Farm (B&W)

Posted in B&W Photography, Farm Life, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 08/18/2013


everything doesn’t always have to be as sharp as a razor.

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 08/16/2013
Michael on a Rainy Day in Lancaster.

Michael on a Rainy Day in Lancaster.

I have this tendency to want everything under control, and that includes focus. When I shoot with Ilford Pan F, I lose a lot of that control. It’s probably the slowest film one can buy and on even a bright overcast day, depth of field can be really hard to come by. I’ve been trying to let go of some things photographically; precise control is one of them. Razor sharpness doesn’t always make for the most beautiful photo and shooting for 1/4 of a second at f2.8 can teach one that.

Thistle Finch Distillery for FLL #27

Posted in Fine Living Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 08/15/2013
Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

From Fine Living Lancaster’s Issue Twenty-Six. (Photos not from original article). 

It is mid-morning near Lancaster’s west end, but the heat has already overtaken the day. Inside the non-descript warehouse in the 400 block of West Grant Street, the hot smell of roasting raw coffee beans meshes with the hot, last-of-spring day. In the last fourteen months, this non-descript warehouse has undergone a significant transformation. Thistle Finch Distillery is the newest undertaking of Lancaster City resident and red-bearded entrepreneur Andrew Martin.

In 2002, after traveling to British Columbia for college and working in Alaska as well as Washington D.C., Andrew returned to Lancaster to help start up a web business. While doing so, he purchased a foreclosed home on East Orange Street that had sat vacant for seventeen years. About that process, Andrew comments, “At that point i had very little experience with construction/renovations or website development, but I still live in that same house and the web business is still going strong.  I think those two early ventures really gave me confidence that I could take on projects that were beyond my abilities/knowledge at the start but have things figured out or solved before the end.”

The property that Andrew eventually settled on was a former tobacco warehouse that was built in 1900. It was larger than the space he needed but it provided all of the necessary amenities he was looking for: a Loading dock, a basement with concrete floors and relatively high ceiling, a functioning freight elevator, a sprinkler system and lots of historic character. The building has undergone significant change in the last year-plus, but it often goes unnoticed as remarkable effort has gone into keeping as many of the changes in order with the building’s historical period. He explains, “one of my favorite aspects of the project has been reusing parts from an old barn in Lititz that I helped my friend Bryan Donovan salvage.  Beams, floor boards, siding, roof sheeting, doors, etc. from that barn have provided materials for much of the renovations/additions that I think really add to the authentic feel of the space.”

The coffee roasters continue to churn in the rear of the first floor as Martin shows me around the warehouse space. Leading into the basement, where the distillery and start up brewery (separate from Martin’s endeavors) will be housed, are beautiful, hand made stair-cases. The hazy sunshine smokes its way through the dusty basement windows illuminating the beautiful whiskey tanks that beg for their pipe-fittings (which Andrew himself is soon to be installing). The tanks were purchased from a distillery in Columbus, Ohio, which he transported, back to Lancaster himself.

As mentioned above, Square One’s coffee roasting is done on the first floor. There’s a music studio on the second floor and a start-up brewery will share the basement with the whiskey stills. Andrew’s vision for the warehouse was bigger than for just himself. He explains, “My vision for the building was to find other tenants that where involved in small production/manufacturing ventures.  I have no issues with old warehouses being turned into high end apartments and offices, but I do take some satisfaction knowing that this one will be used for actual production (at least for the foreseeable future) and that I am able to play a small part in helping to maintain industry within the city.” Once the project is complete, tours, tastings and private parties will be hosted.

Thistle Finch Distillery

Thistle Finch Distillery

Prior to Prohibition, Lancaster was an influential beer producing town. But eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland have their own history of whiskey production, which Martin finds intriguing. Rye Whiskey is spicier and leaner than Bourbon and made from rye instead of corn. After the American Revolution and the implementation of certain alcohol excise taxes, many producers migrated west to the American frontier and began producing Bourbon, but prior to Prohibition, Rye Whiskey was still the dominant style. Lancaster, with its basis in industry at the time was a significant producer of Rye, along with the equipment to produce it which was exported all over the country.  About the re-introduction of Rye Whiskey to Lancaster, Martin joyfully explains, “I’m excited to be not only starting a Rye distillery, but also to be part of a larger revival of an entire industry/product.”

Pennsylvania Dutch Folk art frequently features a bird in it, that, in German, is called “Distelfink”. This bird represents happiness and good fortune. Thistle Finch is the direct English translation of Distelfink. Martin wanted the branding not only to be excellent but to be significant to Lancaster’s beautiful mix of new world and old world culture. In adding this project to his already impressive list of business successes, he quips “I hope this venture can contribute to that.”

biaggo / kodak brownie

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 08/07/2013



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