About Breakfast in America
Breakfast in America – This website is an aggregation of all my personal notes, photo journals and favorite pictures into one supa-dupa website. Gathering all my old content together is a massive task that is taking years to complete. As I’m adding material I’m writing most of it in the present tense, using e-mails, comments and notes to try and make it as accurate as I can. At the end of the day this is my perspective and my life.
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.
Gary Allman – I’m a Brit who rather unexpectedly ended up 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. You can read a little bit more about how that all came about here. 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 the multimedia production industry where I became involved with video and audio production, graphic design, script writing and project management.
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, 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 photographing weddings and events for friends and family.
In 2006 with my children away from home at University I suddenly found myself with some undisturbed time on my hands and I bought my first digital camera, taking up photography in earnest again. I started my first 365 Days project in 2007 – a project to take a self portrait every day for a year. The reflection on my life that the pictures provided was the catalyst for a series of life changes and upheavals that culminated in my emigration from the UK to America in 2008.
In 2011 I completed my second year of daily self portraits project, which can be seen here: 365 Days of 2011.
My Pictures – I found myself changing some of my posts – editing my life – because I was concerned about what people might think. That’s silly. Of course 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, 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.
I don’t want to accidentally offend anyone; so be warned, a small number of posts include nudity. I know some people may find that challenging. Personally I don’t understand why people get so hung up on nudity, we all have bodies after all. I used to live near, and enjoyed relaxing on a naturist beach. I have no problem with the naked human body and it mystifies me how some people automatically associate nudity with sex. I also have no problem with anyone’s sexuality or ‘ripe’ language (though I will admit I find excessive habitual swearing tedious). 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 life with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies.
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