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Selfie Project – November

Now that the 2018 backlog is mercifully behind us, it seems like a good time to check back in with THE SELFIE PROJECT. The 2019 version of THE SELFIE PROJECT has almost ran its course. I won’t repeat it in 2020, but maybe I’ll bring it back in 2021. We’ll see.

Here are my favorite images from November:


November 1, 2019
November 1

November 2, 2019
November 2

November 3, 2019
November 3

November 4, 2019
November 4

November 7, 2019
November 7

November 9, 2019
November 9

November 11, 2019
November 11

November 12, 2019
November 12

November 13, 2019
November 13

November 14, 2019
November 14

November 15, 2019
November 15

November 16, 2019
November 16

November 17, 2019
November 17

November 20, 2019
November 20

November 21, 2019
November 21

November 23, 2019
November 23

November 24, 2019
November 24

November 25, 2019
November 25

November 26, 2019
November 26

November 27, 2019
November 27

November 28, 2019
November 28

November 29, 2019
November 29

November 30, 2019

I think November was one of my best months. At least for interesting pictures.

2009-07-23

There are a metric buttload of pictures in the folder 2009-07-23. Strangely, most of them were actually taken in December of 2008. I’m not entirely sure what was going on there. I can just state that my organizational system back then wasn’t rock solid like it is now. Mostly because I let a program do most of the organizational heavy lifting for me.

There are pictures from a foggy Friday Night Supper Club. Pictures from a Bennett Christmas. Pictures of my old buddy Missionary Mark. Pictures from a Roland VFW Fundraiser.

Many of these pictures have never been published before. Have a peek:


Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Bennett Christmas - 2008

Foggy Night Supper Club

Foggy Night Supper Club

Roland VFW Fundraiser

Roland VFW Fundraiser

Roland VFW Fundraiser

2009 Mark Reunion

The Hero of Africa

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the follow historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

Foggy Night Supper Club

The Hero of Africa

Sedulous

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Brandon, Sara, and Ledges. But not all at the same time.

WPC – WEEK 220 – COLORFUL

Before we get into the meat of today’s post, I just want to throw out a quick prayer request out there. On Friday when I was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, a woman that I don’t know handed the money directly to me and asked me to pray for her. She has a job interview on Monday (today) and she really needs that job. It is possible at this hour that she has already had the interview and the decisions have already been made*, but if you are the praying type, throw up a quick prayer for this woman.

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COLORFUL really inspired a wide group of people in many different directions. We’ve reached a double digit streak for weeks with double digit submissions!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 220 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie Dewaard

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 221 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE
HIGH PERSPECTIVE

HIGH PERSPECTIVE! What a great theme! But what is a HIGH PERSPECTIVE image. Think of it like this 97% of the images taken in this world, in a study I just made up to back up my point, are taken from exactly the eye level of the person taking the picture. A HIGH PERSPECTIVE picture challenges you to do one of two things. Find a way to get higher up than normal ground level and take a picture. Climb a ladder. Go on a roof. Take your company helicopter for a spin. Or, you could simple look down and be higher than your subject.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 high Monday!

*This isn’t my understanding of the way prayer works, but using for illustrative purposes.

Gratitudo

Happy Thanksgiving! Every year on Thanksgiving I like to think about my many, many blessings. I know, real original. You should feel free to try it sometime. But make sure you let everybody know that I invented gratitude.


I am thankful for my family, no matter how family is defined:

April 9, 2019

May 18, 2019

May 25, 2019

August 24, 2019

September 19, 2019

October 26, 2019

January 26, 2019

February 25, 2019

June 29, 2019

July 6, 2019

August 4, 2019

April 6, 2019

May 12, 2019

I am thankful for my friends:

January 16, 2019

March 12, 2019

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Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

March 21, 2019

May 6, 2019

May 17, 2019

June 1, 2019

June 6, 2019

August 25, 2019

July 12, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 13, 2019

August 18, 2019

September 7, 2019

September 20, 2019

September 21, 2019

October 5, 2019

October 21, 2019

April 27, 2017

Selfie Project - January 21

March 3, 2019

I am blessed with an amazing church family:

April 7, 2019

Selfie Project - January 27

April 17, 2019

May 1, 2019

June 15, 2019

June 23, 2019

June 24, 2019

June 25, 2019

June 27, 2019

July 13, 2019

September 25, 2019

October 27, 2019

June 28, 2017

I am blessed with a decent job and work friends that I don’t mind seeing more than 40 hours a week:

January 12, 2019

August 30, 2019

May 2, 2017

Selfie Project - March 27

Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa

I’m blessed to share my house with Naima:

January 10, 2019

October 6, 2019

July 9, 2019

Naima

This is only a small sampling of my blessings, but I feel to go on much longer would sound like boasting. Thank all of you for choosing to be part of my life!

Howards 2018 – Volume 3

Here is the final collection of images from the 2018 Howards Photo Shoot that took place at some golf course that is like 3 blocks from my house.


Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

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Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

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Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Sorry David, your character from the Howard Family Sitcom got written off. You will not be appearing in the 2019 Howard Family Photo Shoot.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SHADOW:


WEEK 219 - SHADOW
SHADOW

A SHADOW picture is a picture where a SHADOW is an important composition element of the picture.

Happy photo harvesting!

Howards 2018 – Volume 2

Another dip into the cool refreshing waters of the 2018 backlog. This time, a second collection of pictures from the 2018 Howard Family Shoot.

Here are a few more of my favorites:


Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

There is one more batch of 2018 Howard pictures still in the hopper! Stay pumped!

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PURPLE.


WEEK 218 - PURPLE
PURPLE

Remember that a PURPLE image is any image that deals with the color PURPLE in its composition in a meaningful way.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 217 – ORANGE

I would be remiss if I didn’t start out this post to saying Happy Veteran’s Day. I don’t have a photo to back up these sentiment, so instead, let me remind you that veterans often struggle greatly when they leave the military.

The suicide rate for veterans of 35 per 100,000. The suicide rate for homeless veterans is 81 per 100,000. Veterans make up approximately 9 percent of all homeless adults.

Thanks to our veterans! They bear more scars than the ones that we can easily see.

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ORANGE once again proved to be a popular theme. For the 7th straight week, the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE brought in double digit submissions:

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 217 - ORANGE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmeleee

WEEK 217 - ORANGE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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 218 - PURPLE
PURPLE!

PURPLE! What a great theme! But what is a PURPLE picture? A PURPLE picture isn’t all that much different than an ORANGE picture. Only instead of ORANGE, it should incorporate the color PURPLE. This one might be a bit trickier as PURPLE isn’t as prevalent in nature as much as ORANGE is this time of year, but I have no doubt, that you will be able to find PURPLE somewhere in your life.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 purple Monday!

President Quest 2020 – Elizabeth Warren

In late October I went to the beautiful campus of the pre-eminent land grant university in the country to see Elizabeth Warren speak at Stephens Auditorium. She was the last of the major candidates I needed to see.

Here is a little bit about Elizabeth Warren from her website:

Elizabeth grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class in Oklahoma and became a teacher, a law professor, and a US Senator because America invested in kids like her.

Elizabeth’s dad sold fencing and carpeting, and ended up as a building maintenance man. Her mom stayed home with Elizabeth and her older brothers.

When Elizabeth was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack and was out of work for a long time. They lost the family station wagon, and were about an inch away from losing their home, when her mom got a minimum wage job answering phones at Sears. That job saved their home, and it saved their family.

All three of Elizabeth’s older brothers served in the military. Her oldest brother was career Air Force and flew combat missions in Vietnam. Her middle brother went on to work construction. Her youngest brother started his own business.

From the time Elizabeth was in second grade, she wanted to be a teacher, but her family didn’t have money for college. She earned a debate scholarship, but dropped out to get married to her high school sweetheart at 19. Elizabeth got a second chance at a commuter college in Texas that cost $50 a semester, and she started teaching children with special needs at a public elementary school. Her daughter Amelia was born when Elizabeth was 22.

When Amelia turned two, Elizabeth enrolled in a public law school that cost $450 a semester. Three years later, she graduated at eight months pregnant with her son Alex. Elizabeth hung out a shingle and practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching.

Elizabeth was a law professor for more than 30 years at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. She is one of the nation’s top experts on the financial pressures facing middle class families. She taught classes on commercial law, contracts, and bankruptcy, and conducted groundbreaking research on the connection between health care costs and personal bankruptcy.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid asked Elizabeth to serve as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel to provide some oversight of TARP, the Wall Street bailout. She fought to protect taxpayers, hold Wall Street accountable, and ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations.

Elizabeth is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As an assistant to President Barack Obama and special adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury, she led the establishment of the consumer agency to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products.

Wall Street opposed the CFPB, and they didn’t want Elizabeth – the agency’s biggest champion – to run it. After Senate Republicans vowed to block Elizabeth’s nomination to serve as the first director of the CFPB, Elizabeth ran for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Massachusetts. She has served as the Bay State’s Senior Senator since 2013.

Elizabeth and her husband Bruce have been married for 38 years. They have three grandchildren and a golden retriever named Bailey

Here is an example of her policy plans:

After decades of largely flat wages and exploding household costs, millions of families can barely breathe. For generations, people of color have been shut out of their chance to build wealth. It’s time for big, structural changes to put economic power back in the hands of the American people.

That means putting power back in the hands of workers and unions. It also means transforming large American companies by letting their workers elect at least 40% of the company’s board members to give them a powerful voice in decisions about wages and outsourcing. And it means a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to Internet access.

As the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we can make investments that create economic opportunity, address rural neglect, and a legacy of racial discrimination–if we stop handing out giant tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations and start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share.

That includes an Ultra-Millionaire Tax on America’s 75,000 richest families to produce trillions that can be used to build an economy that works for everyone, including universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and down payments on a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. And we can make a historic investment in housing that would bring down rents by 10% across America and create 1.5 million new jobs.

Some of my favorite pictures from the night:


Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

Elizabeth Warren speaking at CY Stephens

I don’t know that I’ll go see any more candidates. But I might go see a couple of my finalists again, if given the opportunity.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ORANGE.


WEEK 217 - ORANGE
ORANGE

An ORANGE image is an image where the color ORANGE plays an important part of the composition. The subject of the picture could be ORANGE, for example.

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – October

Now is as a good of a time as any to check in with THE SELFIE PROJECT. I’m sure I did a bunch of interesting things in the month of October, but I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not I capture that while taking my daily THE SELFIE PROJECT photo or not.

Here are a few of my favorites from October:


October 2, 2019
October 2

October 4, 2019
October 4

October 5, 2019
October 5

October 6, 2019
October 6

October 9, 2019
October 9

October 11, 2019
October 11

October 12, 2019
October 12

October 13, 2019
October 13

October 15, 2019
October 15

October 16, 2019
October 16

October 18, 2019
October 18

October 19, 2019
October 19

October 20, 2019
October 20

October 21, 2019
October 21

October 23, 2019
October 23

October 24, 2019
October 24

October 25, 2019
October 25

October 26, 2019
October 26

October 27, 2019
October 27

October 29, 2019
October 29

October 30, 2019
October 30

October 31, 2019
October 31

Phew… 2 months to go!

Howards 2018 – Volume 1

Last year I had the great pleasure of taking the Howard family portrait. This time, we took the photos at the Boone golf course. I’m sure it has a name, but it is lost on me. It is a couple blocks from my house, but while I am aged, I haven’t descended into a state of decay where golf is an activity that would appeal to me. At least not yet. Maybe in a couple more years.

Here are is a first look at some of my favorites from the first collection of images:


Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

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Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

Howards - 2018

It has been over a year since we took those pictures. In the time that has passed, Taylan’s boyfriend has been dumped. Given his walking papers. Kicked to the curb. Dropped. Discarded. Thrown out. Chucked.

There are still plenty of Howard pictures in the hopper!