In early December I made a trip down to Des Moines with Anders to see THE DISASTER ARTIST. Before the movie we supped at the Jordan Creek Zombie Burger. I took the following picture for Page 29 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:
Imagine you’re Elvis. What was your final photograph?
The burger is the Undead Elvis. It has peanut butter, fried bananas, bacon, American cheese, egg, and mayo on it. It is a delicious mess.
I took the original photo with a DSLR and then put it into a template to make it look like it was an Instagram post.
Rather than my standard picture of an inflatable turkey, thought (with apologies to Lecrae, I’d give thanks for some of the many blessings in my life.
Count it up, count it up, count it up.
Line ’em up, line ’em up, line ’em up.
Blessed with a tremendous biological family. Blessed to share DNA and a life with these people.
Blessed to be a part of Olivia’s family. Blessed to learn a new definition of the word “family” from Shorty and Doris.
Blessed to be a part of an incredible church family. From Youth Group to Methodist Men to the people I see in the pews on Sundays.
Blessed to have a job and double blessed to have a great work family. 7 AM comes pretty early, but so many of the people I work with make the struggle worth the effort.
Blessed to share a life with this band of brothers. Not one of us has any fashion sense, but I’d still take a bullet for any of them.
Blessed to fit in with this band of sisters as well.
Blessed to be able to share my love of weird cinema with like minded individuals once a month.
Blessed to be a Cyclone and double blessed to have somebody to share so many trips to Jack Trice (a spiritual place for me) with.
Blessed to have a roof over my head that belongs to me. Blessed that I can extend that roof over friends and family when their life needs it. Blessed that when I say, “Want to help paint by house?” 20+ people show up.
Blessed that friends from past jobs are still important pillars of my current life.
Blessed that people that aren’t related to me consider me an uncle to them.
Blessed to have a car that I can drive out of town and not worry about the tire falling off.
Blessed to have so many people in my life that when I say, “I’m coming to your city”, they say, “You’re staying with us right?”
Blessed to have so many people in my life that fill gaps.
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still healthy enough to still ball. Although pretty poorly these days.
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still have people in my life that keep me young.
Blessed to have people in my life that want to change the world for the better, when I get cynical.
Blessed to have art in my life.
Blessed to have a beautiful beard. Even if the old guys at my church hate it.
Blessed to have people who will help with projects like this, no questions asked.
Blessed to share a life and a domicile with this crazy beast. Teaches me about selfless love every single day.
Blessed to have a chance to spread my blessings to others, sometimes, with some of my favorite people.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of my blessings. But I don’t want it to start to sound like I’m bragging.
Announcing and inviting you to a new Club. The Union Street Theater Movie Club!
What is the Union Street Theater Movie Club?
Great question! Take a look at this picture:
That doesn’t answer the question?
1 Sunday a month a few of us have been gathering in the Union Street Theater (AKA my basement) one Sunday night a month to watch and discuss movies. We have been pairing a B Movie with a classic, great, or historically significant movie.
These are the pairings thus far:
January: BRIDE OF THE GHOULS – FEAR AND DESIRE
February: BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS – FULL METAL JACKET
March: THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN – ALIEN
APRIL: THE ROOM – DR. STRANGELOVE
I know that it has been heavy on Kubrick, but if you are raising that question, you don’t really know me, do you?
Here is what happens at Union Street Theater Movie Club.
6 PM – B movie starts
Following movie, we make popcorn. I will stock and share Pepsi. All other beverages are on you to bring. The theater doesn’t have a fancy popcorn maker yet, but maybe someday we will. No thanks to Dae Hee. I don’t know. Maybe we’ll hold a fundraiser.
After popcorn has been made – Feature Presentation
Stimulating conversation follows the Feature Presentation
I know what you are think, “I’m sold! When is the next Union Street Theater Movie Club? I don’t even care what the movies are!”
Details of the next Union Street Theater Movie Club
DATE: Sunday, May 28, 2017
TIME: 6 PM
PLACE: Union Street Theater AKA my basement right next to the Photography 139 Basement Studio
B MOVIE: SHACK OUT ON 101 (1955)
FEATURE PRESENTATION: ALIENS (1986)
I couldn’t find a trailer for SHACK OUT ON 101, but check out this sweet poster!
“On the Shady Side of the Highway”
Here is the trailer for ALIENS:
“This time it’s war.”
Of course, if you are an email subscriber, you will have to go to the website to see the video.
Let me know if you’re going to show up. Or don’t. I’ll have enough ice cold Pepsi either way.
Pretend like I published this on January 1, just like I meant to do.
It is that day at Photography 139 Headquarters where we take down our old Photography 139 Calendar and put it in the trunk with many of the other remnants of our past.
We like to think that 2016 was a successful year for Photography 139 and I’d like to thank everybody that was responsible for making it appear so.
So to my list of email blog subscribers…
Tim Tucker’s Lady Friend
Thanks for a great 2016! Of course, I’ll try to do better in 2017. Hopefully our little family will continue to grow in the new year!
Today we take a look at the second half of the “made to order” HDR EFEX PRO 2 filters.
As a refresher, here is the original image:
Here is a look at the filters:
Black & White Artistic
Pale & Structured
End of the Road
Then, of course. If you want, you can play with the numerous options and come up with a creation of your own. Like so…
I am, once again, sorry for the disgusting subject of these photos, but like I wrote, tomorrow will be something fuzzy and cuddly.
We will touch base with the Nik Collection again in the near future.
THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ
In youth, my friends and I tried and failed to make 1 horror movie STAYIN’ ALIVE: THE SPORTING twice, an action movie (SWORN TO VENGEANCE), and another horror movie (QUIETUS). However, we did successfully finish a movie starring Jay Janson (as an androgynous ne-er-do-well), Bill Wentworth as his manservant, William McAlpine as a short tempered natural philosopher, Anders Runestad as a hen-pecked husband with a gambling addiction, Corey Faust as an omniscient narrator, and Christopher D. Bennett as a trash talking homophobe, playing a deadly game of RISK. What was the name of this nearly cult classic?
What was the unfortunate name of the “studio” that produced this film?
Recently Elainie came home for Alexis’ graduation. She brought with her Josh and their pooch Lucy.
We got the pleasure of Elainie being home for a week, but Josh had to leave after a day for he was deployed to Gitmo. It will be a long 9 months for Elainie.
CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
FOCAL LENGTH: 22mm
DATE: 05/21/2016 – 22:32
NO GPS DATA RECORDED
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Carla Stensland
THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ
I was recently thanked in the foreword of Anders Runestad’s book (I CANNOT, YET I MUST) on the making of one of the worst movies ever made. What movie is the book about?
ANSWER: ROBOT MONSTER
I’ve been in many clubs over the years from the Dawg Pound to Nature Squad to Hoodie Club. However, only one fake band. What was the name of the gastronomically monikered fake band name that featured me, Rick Poore, and Derrick Gorshe that fake rocked the Boone Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire in the mid 90s?
I actually have been pretty lax about photographing flowers this year. That is partially because the 2017 Photography 139 Calendar will go in a new direction. Partially because I haven’t even planted flowers in my yard this year. Partially because my daffodils didn’t bloom this year. Partially because I missed my window of opportunity to go to Pella this year to photograph tulips. Regardless, my daisies were the first of my flowers to bloom this year.
So I dedicate the first flower picture of 2016 to Russell, because he hates my flower photography. He will be in mourning since flowers will start to become a bigger part of this here blog in the coming months. Probably. Sorry Russell, that is how the cookie crumbles.