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2014

Posted in Fine Living Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 02/23/2015

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Hey, See ya later 2014, here’s a Superweed.

Posted in Farm Life, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 12/30/2014
Superweed; Shirley, Indiana

Superweed; Shirley, Indiana

I didn’t post anything in December and December is almost over, so here ya go. It’s a superweed in Shirley, Indiana. We took this on our honeymoon. I started this blog almost 5 years ago. Crazy how fast five years goes. About as quick as a superweed over takes a field of soybeans, I guess.

Jonathan Darby; Horn Farm Center

Posted in Farm Life, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 07/31/2014
Jonathan Darby; Horn Farm Center

Jonathan Darby; Horn Farm Center

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Jonathan Darby; Horn Farm Center

Garlic: Horn Farm Center, York, Pennsylvania

Posted in Farm Life, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 07/29/2014
Garlic, curing. Horn Farm Center.

Garlic, curing. Horn Farm Center.

Garlic, curing. Horn Farm Center.

Garlic, curing. Horn Farm Center.

I got the chance to meet and photograph Jon Darby from the Horn Farm Center last week. He’s an excellent guy with a lot to teach us. For now, though: garlic; just garlic.

Old Man Winter (A Farewell; I hope).

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 03/29/2014
Snowy Saturday (January 2014)

Snowy Saturday (January 2014).

Long before this dreadful almost-over-winter set in, there was some semblance of peace brought about by the grey skies and whispy white snow. The days were bitter but beautiful. Snow enveloped the land in its soft cottony cushion and for just a moment, the busy city ground down, silence was at hand and we smiled beneath thew warmth of the heavy winter blankets wrapped around our frozen feet. The equinox has come and gone, the old man hasn’t lain in his grave yet. There was snow just three days ago and temperatures well below what is comfortable for the lamb part of March. It is different to-day, though, warm rain mists the cozy countryside. The coffee gets colder slower and baseball season is just two days away. Rest well, old man, and stay in your grave a little longer this year. We could all use a break from your howling winds and violent vortexes.

Blue Balloons

Posted in Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 02/25/2014
miss e.j.

betty

miss e.j.

betty

For some people, digital photography works quite well. For others, like myself, film works better. I’ll stick with that until there is no more film left to shoot. The above was shot just under a year ago, both with normal length, prime lenses; one on a Hasselblad, the other on a Nikon d300. The difference in quality is astounding.

Night Songs

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 01/04/2014

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november songs are sung quietly

Posted in B&W Photography, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 11/10/2013
november songs are sung quietly

november songs are sung quietly

This photo is now ten years old, and I still consider it my best. My Senior Thesis was a remarkably difficult effort. For the two years prior, I had been making endless amounts of black and white photos (sometimes shooting 20-25 rolls of film in a weekend) with a moderate to high amount of “success”. I’m honestly still not sure what “success” may mean as a 23 year old photo major (getting A’s and the praise of your professors, I guess; which did nothing but feed the ego that was about to be deflated by the long, tragic, nine-month war that was my thesis).

During the summer before my Senior year, I worked hard at creating a style that was my own, and by the Fall term, I was flailing – mostly at my own hot air. I tried color, b&w, still life, portrait, tableaux. Nothing was working. At some point, I realized that there was a poultry store in the Italian Market that sold doves. I purchased a few for eight dollars each and began experimenting with those. Annnnnnd everything was awful.

One November weekend, my roommate and I drove out to Lancaster and made some photos in, what was then, the Lancaster Futon Building, which was mostly empty and owned by Andrew Martin and some of his business partners. The third floor was essentially my studio for four to five cold months while I ground out photo after horrible photo.

…Except for that one night Lee and I were on the third floor. We named the bird Burt Reynolds and as I was packing my gear after a really boring and deflating shoot, Burt was sitting in his cage with the Fulton Opera house illuminating the background. I opened my camera lens to 2.8, set the shutter at one second and spun out one final roll, hoping something, just something would be worthwhile on it.

A few days later, I processed and contact printed the film. And there it was. The most beautiful image I have ever made. My jaw dropped and I immediately made a bunch of prints (currently, they sit in a box on my dashboard). For one bright moment amidst the nine dark months of my thesis, I sat content. Replicating success, especially accidental success, is quite often very difficult. This photo is my benchmark for excellence (at least in my own repertoire) and each and every time I pick up the camera, I strive, strain and yearn for one more happy accident.

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

Michael.

Elizabeth.

film is beautiful

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