Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking and hammock camping.

Recent posts

  • The Naked Chef (365: 46)

    Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Not a lot of time to take my picture tonight so it had to be something quick to take (and prepare).

    This has to go down as one of those pictures I took just for shock value and the fun of it. The juxtaposition of nakedness and wearing an apron are just asking for a laugh. I’m not sure if my looking so serious adds to the situation or not.

  • Another Shower shot, only this time I didn’t get wet (365: 43)

    Desperate for a different background I choose the shower. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I thought one of the ideas behind the 365 days project was to help people get to know themselves.

    This poses a problem when you find you don’t like the person you’ve come to know. A major re-evaluation is required, as I’m not sure I can spend another 322 days photographing this person.

    Following that confession, the conversation with other Flickr members doing the 365 days project went back and forth for a while, after which I concluded:

    You are right. Like ourselves or not, we’ve got to learn to accept ourselves, or make some life changing decisions.

    The guy I’m taking pictures of has lost his sense of fun, become boring, lost his passion and is just going through the motions. That’s what I’m seeing in my pictures. Now I’ve got to work out, do I want to change him and if so, how?

    Oh boy, was I in for a shock …

    Day 43 of my 365 days project

  • Wrapped in Thought

    Wrapped in thought. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    It was a long time before I learned (and often forgot) that it’s best to remove your jewelry for pictures like this.

  • Negative Space

    Negative Space. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Taken on the covered deck in the back garden. I was experimenting with negative space.

  • Don’t Look Now (365: 35)

    Don’t Look Now (365: 35) – At the very last moment I’ve decided that this is my photo for today. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved

    At the very last moment I’ve decided that this is my photo for today. Hey, I’m getting lucky at aiming the camera – I can even do it with my eyes shut! OK the burnt-out head makes me look like I’m thinning on top – but I am, so, tough 🙂

    The original was a tad blurred so I sharpened this (who has been reading the Photoshop book then). Gosh I look like my uncle Keith – scary.

  • Morning shave

    Morning Shave. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved
  • Resting (365: 34)

    Resting (365: 34) – I haven’t got any enthusiasm for photography right now. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved

    I haven’t got any enthusiasm for photography right now. I’ll get this over and done with for the day, and go back to sleep 🙂

  • Sneeze (365: 33)

    Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved

    In the last few days I’ve been coming down with a cold, and taking these self portraits has become a bit of a pain. This picture is awful, the alternate is slightly better, but this one sums up how I feel.

    Something odd seemed to be happening to my camera too. No matter what I did, the exposure went wrong – I’ve had to make manual adjustments to get things right. I guess if my brains were working I would have spotted that I’d changed the metering program. After three days of horrid pictures It slowly started to dawn on me. What is that funny little icon on the display? D’oh! D’oh! D’oh. Another line to my pre-photographing mantra, check all the camera settings – not just the ISO and f-stop. I’m taking a day’s leave tomorrow, a day at home will help me shake off this cold.

  • The Red Dress (365: 32)

    The Red Dress (365: 32). Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved

    For my final foray into the Copycat mini-challenge, this picture was going to be ‘The Red Shorts,’ but then I thought I’d go one better.

    The original is stunning and a favorite of mine. So respect to Laura – and she’s a lot more supple than me too. Trying this pose could have ended up with me off work with a bad back for months. This picture could get me into more trouble than any of my other shots; I didn’t ask if I could borrow the dress!

    14 Oct 2007: I really ought to re-name this shot ‘Albatross.’ It is one of my most viewed photographs, it has been ‘explored’ on Flickr, and it just won’t shift off the top of my ‘most popular photographs’ list.

    Note on mini-challenges. Trying to come up with an original idea for a photograph each day is extremely difficult. So the people completing the 365 Days project, came up with ‘Mini-challenges’ – ideas for pictures. This one was to make a copy of someone’s picture. I like a challenge, especially for a laugh. This was one of my contributions to the Copycat mini-challenge. It’s a shame Laura’s picture is no longer available. It was so much better executed than mine.

  • February 6, 2007

    February 6, 2007. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    It’s not been a good night. I’ve taken over a hundred pictures and the good picture fairy hasn’t shown up. Most have gone straight to the recycle bin. So, all in all, it has been a bit disappointing. Oh well day 32 tomorrow.