About Breakfast in America
Breakfast in America – This website is Gary Allman’s personal journal / photographic blog. It is not a blog about anything in particular, there’s no guiding theme or topic. It’s whatever pictures I might happen to take, observations on the activities I happen to be engaged in, or things I’m feeling enthused or annoyed about. Essentially it is any whim that might prompt me into a photographic or journaling outburst — That’s whatever takes my fancy when I press the shutter button or decide to put my fingers to the keyboard — It’s also a historical aggregation of all my personal notes, photo journals and favorite pictures going back as far as I can be bothered to go.
Gathering all that old content together is proving to be a massive task that is taking decades to complete. As I’m adding the older material I’m writing mainly in the present tense. Where practical, I’ve been using emails, comments, and notes and make it as accurate as I can. At the end of the day, this is my perspective and my life, and the inaccuracies, fibs, exaggerations or omissions are all mine.
Why Breakfast in America? – It seemed like a good idea for the name of a blog / website at the time, and I like the Supertramp album of the same name. I also had a good site-header picture taken on my first visit to the US that matched the title.
Why a blog? – Well why not? I was prompted to review all my various websites after completing my second full year of daily self-portrait photographs in 2011. I vowed then I’d not do a third year, but I do like having a record, mainly because I enjoy going back and looking at my old photographs and reminding myself about the things we’ve done. And this blog is now it. We’ll see how it pans out.
About Gary Allman
I’m a Brit who rather unexpectedly ended up living in Springfield, Missouri, in the American Midwest with my wonderful wife Ginger. I have two grown sons in the UK, three step-children here in the US, two of whom have fled the nest. I should add that we share our home with three furry people, It used to be four furry people, but now alas we are down to just three (our cats).
My photography – My earliest memory of photography is of being a child model for my uncle. He was a graphic designer and photographer. My interest in taking pictures began while we spent hours poring over his pictures, selecting suitable images for the brochures and corporate annual reports he produced for his clients. Early in my career, while working as a computer programmer, I also worked for a photo studio shooting weddings. I later moved on to work in multimedia production where I became involved with project management, video and audio production, graphic design, and script writing.
Over time my work and home responsibilities increased and I moved into more senior management roles. I moved away from multimedia and into general production management, principally in financial services. I spent more time managing and less time producing. I became more business oriented, and my cameras once always either in my briefcase or at my side, were left behind only to be brought out for vacations and occasionally photographing weddings and events for friends and family. Nowadays I’ve all but retired from professional photography. I still do the occasional product and other shoots when hard-pressed by customers, and I somehow didn’t say ‘no’ firmly or quickly enough. In my alter ego (should that be altar ego?) role as Communications Director I undertake a fair bit of event — documentary style — photography, and some stock image photography for advertising and promotions.
The bottom line is, if you don’t like what you see or read here don’t bother telling me; just move on and find a corner of the Internet you are comfortable with.
How does Brit end up in the American Midwest? – In 2006 with the boys away at university I suddenly found myself with some undisturbed time on my hands and I bought my first digital camera. Early in 2007 I started my first Flickr 365 Days project (a challenge to take a self portrait every day for a year). The reflection on my life that the pictures I took provided was, in-part, the catalyst for a series of life changes and upheavals that culminated in my emigration from the UK to America in 2008. You can read a little bit more about all that here. In 2011 I completed my second year of daily self portraits project, which can be seen here: 365 Days of 2011.
My pictures & journal – I don’t want to accidentally offend anyone; so be warned, some of my posts and pictures include firearms, and others nudity. Some people may find one or both of those topics challenging. If that’s you, you’ll have to get over it. I enjoy shooting and I don’t understand why people get so hung up on nudity; we all have bodies after all.
At one point I found myself changing some of my posts, editing my words and pictures — redacting my life — because I was concerned about what people might think and say. That’s silly, I am not responsible for what you (or anyone else) thinks. That is your concern, not mine. If you don’t like what you see, what I have done, taken pictures of, or write, that is fine. We are allowed to have different opinions and aesthetics. The world would be a very boring place if we didn’t.
The bottom line is, if you don’t like what you see or read here don’t bother telling me; just move on and find a corner of the Internet you are comfortable with. The reality is that this is just one view on a very normal, albeit sometimes odd, life with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies.
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About Product Links
Just to be clear, as this is my personal website and not some money-making venture. Unless I specifically state otherwise, I do not get any financial benefit from mentioning or linking to products or services. When I include links it’s because I think the product might be worth your further consideration or the link provides additional information for the curious.
To state the obvious: I am not responsible for the content of other websites, and their content may change over time without my knowledge. Visit, read, or purchase from the websites I provide links to at your own discretion.
Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, all text and images are mine. If I’ve made a mistake somewhere and included an image or text from someone else and not acknowledged the source, please contact me and I’ll put it right. For more information see my notes on Copyright and image licensing