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My Minnesota Spirit Animal

Back in August I went up to Minnesota to visit some of my favorite peeps, but I also had an ulterior motive. For years I’ve driven up to the Twin Cities area and just south of Lakeville I would come across a strange collection of sculptures on the east side of I-35. I’ve never been able to figure out how to get there. Or for that matter, what it even was.

This trip to Minnesota I vowed to crack the mystery. Before supper Bethany, Nora, and Dae Hee and I and a sense of wonderment loaded up into a vehicle and tried to solve the mystery… and solve the mystery, we did.

After some wrong turns we finally located the source of the wonderful mystery sculptures. The source was Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park. For $10 your party could take as many cruddy cell phone pictures as you wanted. It was $25 for an actual camera-camera.

We plunked down the Hamilton and wandered and wondered around the Minnesota magical wonderland that is Sam’s Foto Park. Here are some cell phone pictures from this wondrous adventure:


Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dino Bustin’

Hot Sam's Foto Park
So this is what happened to the bus from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dae Hee in Repose

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Nora LOVED this car!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
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Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
I both love and am creeped out by old industrial trucks!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
This is a fence of nightmares!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Worst Pixar movie ever! Not counting the worse sequels.

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park


Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Plan 9 from Outer Space?

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
You know this would look amazing in my yard!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
My birthday is 7 months away… If you start saving now…

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

You can have Disneyland. Give me Hot Sam’s Foto Park. Every day of the week and… wait for it…. thrice on Sundays!!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 58 Beta

On the last Saturday of my vacation I corralled Jesse and we went out to McHose Park and took the second picture for Page 58 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 58 Beta
Page 58 Beta – Take a picture of yourself pretending to be yourself.

Here are a couple of others we took during the session that won’t be physically adhered into the physic PHOTO JOURNAL:


PAGE 58 BETA - REJECT


PAGE 58 BETA - REJECT


I have a few more pages for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT taken, so I’m not sure what page I will unveil next. Leaning towards Page 33 though.

First You “Meat” and then You Greet

Thanks to everybody that braved the cold temperatures on Sunday to attend Scott Degeneffe’s “Meat” and Greet and he continues to pursue election to the office of City Councilman for Boone Ward 5.

Here are a few photos from the event:
















































The event was a huge success! Attracting people as diverse as people that work on Republican campaigns to the most ardent backyard chicken activists.

Remember that you (if you live in Ward 5) can, should, and must vote for Scott Degeneffe on November 7th!


PAID FOR BY NOBODY – CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT IS NOT FOR SALE

Season ‘Em, Put ‘Em on a Beat with Me, Then I’m Eating ‘Em

The world wasn’t ready for these MACRO pictures for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on Monday. I’m not sure that the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them back any longer:


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The grand majority of these pictures were taken in my back yard. The first seven were taken at Herman Park. The closed eye is Kim Barker. It was taken behind the building at the Day Job.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 109 – MACRO

MACRO might be the most technically difficult theme on the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Despite that, several people buckled up and gave it a spin!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you came to see the MACRO submissions!


WEEK 108 - MACRO - SHERI FARKHOURI
Sheri Farkhouri

WEEK 108 - MACRO - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 108 - MACRO - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 108 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 108 - MACRO - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 108 - MACRO - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 108 - MACRO - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 108 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 108 - MACRO - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 109 - MACRO - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

A solid week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 109 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION!


REFLECTION! What a great theme!!! Also, I don’t think it requires much of an explanation. Some surfaces show back what is looking at them. Mirrors for example. Water. Mylar. Of course their is more than one definition of REFLECTION. So interpret the theme as you see fit.

As always, I look forward to your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very reflective Monday!

Ain’t No Party Like a Methodist Party!

A month or so back, my church (Boone First United Methodist Church, represent!) had their annual-ish summer is over kickoff party. So it doesn’t really have a name. But a bunch of Methodists get together at Herman Park and throw down some food and have a good time.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party
No poop emoji this year!

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party
How do you know it is a Methodist Party. 4 PM. 80 degrees. Still serving coffee!

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

Boone FUMC Kickoff Party

If you’re interested, there are many more photos that look like these to peruse by clicking the link below:

METHODIST PARTY


I would be counting down the days to the next Methodist Party, but that would falsely imply that a Methodist Party has stopped. “Which we all know that they don’t.

11-23-07

The pictures in the folder called 11-23-07 are experimental photography heavy.


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This deleted scene from THE EXORCIST really hits you hard.
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The experimental pictures are images projected onto objects and then photographed again. The ones that are like “hey buddy, you’ve had enough LSD for tonight are being projected into an agitated sink of water. If you look closely, you should be able to pick out where the water is coming from the tap on a couple of them. One is a dryer sheet. The obvious one is obvious.

By bringing these images into the SmugMug Gallery, I was able to restore the following blogs from November 2007:

CURIOUS
CLEARING MY HEAD


Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve a walk around the most beautiful campus in the world!