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

  • Morning Shower (365: 3)

    Morning Shower (365: 3) Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    The camera only has a 10-second self-timer, so I had to take a load of test shots the day before so that I could get the shot right on the day. I have to get to work, so time is tight.

    This shot took lots of tries. The floor was a bit damp by the time I had finished; this picture is the best of the bunch. Posing was difficult. I was relying on water and condensation to obscure parts of the image 🙂 It didn’t work in all the shots, which was another reason why I had to take so many.

  • Trim (365: 2)

    Trim (365: 2) – A once a week task to stop my beard becoming unruly. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Dressed Rehearsal

    Dressed Rehearsal – I’m not going to have much time to get my shower shot, so I need to see if it will work in advance. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Quick Pic (365: 1)

    Quick Pic (365: 1) – Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    A quick picture for the first day. I just love the light in the bathroom, and the mirror comes in very handy for seeing the picture on the camera’s display.

    The first day — referring to the first day of my 365 Days project, a project to take and publish a self-portrait photograph every day for a year. A project which ended up as the catalyst for major changes in my life.

    Not looking very happy, am I?

  • Mirror Ball

    Mirror Ball – One of several in my ‘Disco Ball’ garden mobile. Copyright © 2006 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    When I designed our west facing garden I put a south-facing deck along the north side so that we could take the most advantage of the sun. 

    I like to relax and sit in the sun without the trappings of clothes, I’m not an exhibitionist, therefore, ensuring privacy was essential.  I raised the south and west fence and wall respectively to eight feet, blocking the surrounding houses’ view into the garden. There wasn’t much I could do to screen my next-door neighbor’s back bedroom window which overlooked our garden, but the bedroom wasn’t used, and hey, I decided that if Brian wanted to watch me enjoying the sun I’d just have to put up with it. To his credit, apart from a couple of minor quips, he never said a word (to us anyway).

    The problem with raising the fence and wall was that after midday both were in shade, and looked very dark when viewed from the sunshine on the deck. I had an idea to brighten them up by hanging mirror mobiles over the deck to reflect the sun into the dim recesses of the garden.

    I found some very inexpensive (£1.00) mirror balls in a local shop; took some metal coat hangers, silver paint, and fishing line and created my mirror ball mobile which worked very well.

    It was great to watch the spots of light dancing across the otherwise dark fence and wall. I took this picture of one of the mirror balls I used to construct the garden mobile when I was testing my new Fuji Finepix camera. The colours of the Virginia Creeper in the background are wonderful.   

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