david schrott is everywhere

the path forward

Posted in Uncategorized by thebreakfastdictator on 02/17/2018


There are these deep resentments inside of me that I’ve found by un-earthing just a little bit below the surface. And there are these tendencies and trends in my life that I don’t understand how they came to be. Many days, I act like a 37 year old infant and it struck me the other day – this is not normal for a properly developed man of my age. I dig down in my memory and wonder what happened that kept me in such a child like state? I don’t know, but I’ve always had younger friends – when I was in college, I’d come home for the summer and play whiffle ball with kids who were in high school and middle school. In HS, I always got a long with the class that was one year younger than me than with my class. And even now, so many of my friends are younger and single… what in the world?

I was thinking about my earliest competent photos and so many of them were laden with a deep resentment, even hatred of women (I’m assuming because I always had trouble with dating, but it could have been something else!). Those resentments faded over time and women became idolized – the zenith of humanity, sinless in everything they did, while men themselves were more lowly of a creature. (There is a lot to be said for this given our current political moment!). I wonder how these ideas became so powerful in me.

I was an arrogant photographer and it was bourne out of the fact that I knew I was skilled and saw those others who were lesser skilled as somehow less human. And then when I wasn’t able to secure jobs, my arrogance turned to self-loathing. But now, I can see that I was skilled and that I was not a good marketer and that there is something to be done about both. I’m never going to be a professional photographer, but I can do my best to bring a little beauty to the world that is so full of apathy and nihilism. So that is the goal. And it is the goal to see men and women differently too. Women are not perfectly benevolent and men are not perfectly tyrannical. There is balance to both of those extremes and to live in the extremes is to give in to the poison of the trendy Satanic lie that women areĀ moreĀ than men.

And so here we go.


some tree-scapes and a hurricane on expired pan-f

Posted in B&W Photography, Uncategorized by thebreakfastdictator on 12/13/2017




Here are some film photos from the spring of 2016.

Posted in B&W Photography by thebreakfastdictator on 06/24/2017





McDonald’s Sign, Gone

Posted in B&W Photography, Uncategorized by thebreakfastdictator on 05/23/2016


When I was first getting interested in photography, my Dad told me that there was this sign on Columbia Avenue at a McDonald’s. It was one of the old school arches. He said I should take a photo of it before it gets taken down (this was the late 90s). I never did until just a few days before it was taken down (around April 5th this year). I’m glad I did. I’ll miss this sign.

Rooster Street Finals

Posted in B&W Photography, Farm Life, Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 12/26/2013






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



film is beautiful

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

tilt shifting pre-iphone (2002-2007)

Posted in B&W Photography, Farm Life, Fine Living Lancaster, iPhone, Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 07/30/2013

I learned to take photos on a view camera in 2002. The process is slow. Setting up a cumbersome 4×5 takes at least 15 minutes. One of the most fascinating features of the view camera was the tilt-shift. My work at the time tended toward the dream-like and this only helped to enhance that quality. When I took my first assignments for Philly Mag in 2004 and 2005, I’d take 10 pieces of Kodak transparency film, my 4×5, and a Polaroid back. 10 frames to get it right. That was a lot of pressure then. I think with the way technology moves now, it’d be even more pressure.

In 2009, I started shooting for a magazine in Lancaster County; Fine Living Lancaster. At the time, I was trying to perfect my over-lit/over-sharp/high pass look. About a year into our working relationship, they allowed me to slow down and shoot only black and white film for their fall fashion spread. It was magnificent (if you ask me!) and I wish I’d never put down my Hasselblad. Looking back, I wish I’d stayed true to my tortoise-like pace as a photographer, but for a time, I’d bought into instant gratification. There was a time too, when dust spots and film fog drove me up a wall. Now, there’s iPhone apps that allow me to add them to my images with great generosity.

Who have I become?

Clearly a walking contradiction.

My finacee has become my muse. She’s fantastic. I put her through hell and she doesn’t complain. She kneels on her feet for hours as she poses for me and then endures the allergens of farm life as we shoot local farmers till well past sunset on a day we rose well before dawn. She pushes me in my work and is my constant encouragement. I long for the day we don’t live 2 hours apart. She’s imperative to my photo-evolution.

Thank goodness because I don’t know what I’d do without her.

Blue Rock Farm. Willow St, Pennsylvania

Posted in Farm Life, Lancaster, Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 05/19/2013
EmmaKate Martin

EmmaKate Martin | Blue Rock Farm


Caitlin Brady | Blue Rock Farm