My life in words and pictures

Well, mainly pictures.

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, hammock camping, and, I’m always, taking pictures.

Recent posts

  • An Englishman’s shed is his Castle (365: 113)

    365: 113 An Englishman’s shed is his Castle. I’ve never had a shed before, but now I’ve got two. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I’ve never had a shed before, but now I’ve got two. This one for a workshop and another for my spare timber, paint, empty boxes, and disused electronics that one day might come in useful, etc.

    American men (I believe) have Dens. Us English chaps have sheds. that’s because it gets us out of earshot of the woman folk. Sheds are outside the house, where we can imagine for a few brief moments we are in control of our futures, rather than having our futures dictated to us by our spouses 🙂    

    Today’s Outtake

    365: 113 Reject: An Englishman’s shed is his Castle. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Disappointing (365: 109)

    Disappointing (365:109). Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    But only because I had to straighten the image, and I was trying to avoid post processing. I deleted all my other shots for today as they all had a slant to them – I’ll try again tomorrow.

    Re-edited August 4, 2015, so this is no longer straight out of camera. However, I think this is a much better picture now.

  • Modesty (365:108)

    Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    When I took this picture my ‘artistic’ notion was to challenge the idea of modesty. Can a naked person be modest? It’s all in the mind. There’s also something about omitting the head to make the image impersonal and also preserve the anonymity of the model. It’s a great juxtaposition of ideas and imagery. I also had a technical objective to get a picture straight out of camera with no post-processing. Which, looking back, I think resulted in a softer less striking image.

    The above picture is a reworking of the original black and white picture I took in 2007. I much prefer this duotone treatment.

    Below is the original, plus another shot trying out a different pose.

  • Saturday in the sun (365: 105)

    Saturday in the sun (365: 105 ). Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Just for a change I thought I’d take a picture straight after coming home from the traditional Saturday morning shopping (more nice ties bought), and before enjoying an afternoon basking in the sun.

    We’ve been having a (very) early summer, though today the wind coming from the east was very chilling. Fortunately, the garden is sheltered so I spent most of the afternoon multitasking – sunbathing and catching up on sleep!

    My brother and his family came round (I suspect only to watch the soccer on TV) We had a few beers and a meal, and it was nice to see the kids – given my parents’ demise, we seem to be surrogate grandparents as well as uncle and auntie.

  • Looking for… (365: 103)

    Looking for… (365: 103) – heaven knows, but I’ve not found it. I’d settle for a couple of photo ideas. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
    365: 103 Reject. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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