Wordless Wednesday: Me in a Photo Booth (1982)


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Another 5k Done!


I ran the Wet&Wild 5k this morning and it was a fun event. Here are a few pictures.

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The course.

Waiting to start. Yes, I wore my Kings sweater!

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Hence the name Wet & Wild 5k. If you don’t go through the water, you must take the Walk of Shame and your time is not recorded. Believe me, the water is a much-needed break.

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In the water!

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Me with Anthony and Shoe Dog of Roadrunner Sports.

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…and the reward. You can see my time and route via Sports Tracker. I had a great time and am looking forward to my next event, whichever one that may be 🙂

Seeing Double


I was going to save this post for my Wordless Wednesday but there’s just too much going on here between these images that explanations are required.

There have been a few times in my life when I’ve seen a photo or photo opportunity that reminded me of something I’d already seen. That’s what this post is about.

Take, for example, the first photo.

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What you have there on the left is me back in my Fatty Fatty Fat-Fat days in 2005 when Anthony (on my shoulders) was still very little. I didn’t think much of it until I saw the photo on the right which is of me on my dad’s shoulders but just a little bit older than Anthony was in the photo on the left. This remains one of my favorites since Dad, for you new readers, died in 1976 when I was 7 and he was 42. I’m now 43 and it’s really strange to think of it. And this Friday, May 18, is the 36th anniversary of his passing. It still hurts and I will write about it as I always do.

Then there’s this which I wrote about in 2007:

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Now slightly bigger, Anthony had fallen asleep after trip around the block to rock him to sleep. Based on his resting position, the first thing I thought of was Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Marat and snapped the image you see on the right.

And of course, there’s this:

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Anthony has a trumpet. He’s not very good at it but once he played our neighbor’s and was able to get a clean, crisp sound out of it, we decided to get him one at a local pawn shop. All I wanted was a goofy picture of him messing around with it and that’s exactly what I got. It wasn’t until I Googled Louis Armstrong that I found the image on the left which bears an amazing resemblance to the one I shot.

Life imitating art, whether on purpose or complete accident, is always fun to experience.

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Just a picture I took of Ozziekat in 2010. I still miss the little guy.

Shot with an Olympus EVOLT E-500

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As the photo above clearly indicates, I’ve been taking photos since the days when shooting with film was the norm. The camera you see above was my Christmas present from 1986 and it still works. I also worked in my share of photo labs as well as processed my own black-and-white film at home (although I had to rent a professional darkroom to produce prints).

Then I bought my first digital camera and pretty much left my beloved film camera behind, even though I still own it. Now with phones having the ability to take decent quality pictures, it’s even easier for me to capture the moment and never have to worry about saying, “Man, I wish I had a camera.” And believe me, back in the film days I said that a lot.

While I do shoot lots of personal images, I export some of them to Instagram to show off my artsy-farty side and to post them simultaneously to social networks. Don’t get me wrong: I do like Instagram but not I’m there to beg and plead to users to rate my photos. I honestly don’t care how many ratings they get but if someone rates it then hey, good for everyone.

I do like to sharing them with those who follow me, mostly friends and family. And now, if I can be so bold, I’d like to entertain you with some of my favorite Instagram shots in no particular order. Click on each image to see a larger version.

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Me and the kids played baseball today.

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My son’s LEGO hockey set.

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Monte doing his thing.

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Viewing the moon.

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My finisher’s medal from the Hollywood Half 5k.

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I like my Bimbos.

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Keyring found in parking lot.

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Grasshopper.

If you’d like to see shots I took with regular digital camera as well as film, you can check out my photography blog. Note that I haven’t posted anything recently since my wide angle zoom lens took a dump. When I do finally get to shooting regularly, I’ll get back to posting.

And if you would like to see more Instagram shots, I post them to Twitter @aeromat.

Have fun and happy shooting!