Not being one to boast 
This space is where I struggle the most. 
A camera in hand most of my life 
My dad introduced me to my way of life. 
Twenty years I spent chasing planes 
The smell of Jet-A still fills my veins. 
Being displaced in twenty and twelve 
Ramp life was over without a big farewell.
The way of life my dad instilled 
I’m chasing a dream with frames to fill. 
I now use my camera instead of my back 
A living that most would be glad to have. 
I’m not rich my bank account says 
But it’s the lie this big world spins and gives. 
I’ve had time with my daughters 
Most men don’t get. 
For that -I’m forever grateful for that pink slip.

Each picture I take means something to me 
Maybe it’s the hike that you didn’t see. 
The early morning fog to late setting sun 
When I land the shot, God says I’ve won.

With my heart on my sleeve 
I’m an emotional guy. 
Talking about my family 
Brings a tear to my eye. 
I want my girls to see that I tried 
And it’s a hustle that keeps a dream alive.
I’ve shared with you a little about me 
But there is so much more that makes me unique. 
I’ve learned in Honky Tonks along life’s way 
But still very thankful for the pew on which I was raised.
Music chords hit us and take us right back 
Lifelong memories from a fleeting fading past.  
I want my photos to compare to those riffs 
A simple image that carries you off somewhere.


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American Aquarium

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“Remember when the majority of people’s opinions were trapped within the walls of their living rooms?
I miss that. I miss that sort of silence.”
-David Joy

© Philippe Matsas

“David Joy is the author of the Edgar nominated novel Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015), as well as the novels The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017), The Line That Held Us (Putnam, 2018), and When These Mountains Burn (Putnam, 2020). His memoir, Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011), was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His latest stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. He is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His work is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. He lives in Jackson County, North Carolina.” –goodreads


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“Coal mines your life -it’s not mine.
I’m never goin’ down there again.
I wanna go into space.”

-Homer Hickam


Stranger Things
-Raise Your Hands 🙌🏼

My 15-year-old daughter suggested I watch the Netflix series Stranger Things. If it is something that brings us together in conversation -I’m in!
I will say this -entirely out of my wheelhouse!
The cinematography in this series is flat-out, mind-bending, and probably the best I’ve seen. The storyline will keep you right at the edge of your seat and for me, it was the grain, the tones, and the vintage vibe of 80’s film as it rolled. No matter the scene -the skin tones remain spot on and as the locations change to the darkness of the storyline so do the tones. The series was filmed on a RED camera with Leica lenses and used one LUT (Look Up Table).
The second thing that held my attention was the era and all it included. Small-town Indiana is a near-perfect match to my high school years in South Point OH. The clothing, the music, the cars, the mall, all of it! It’s like watching my high school years unfold before me in a way I couldn’t see back then. My daughter has gotten a few laughs as I’ve shared memories that have been sparked.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

-Dr. Seuss

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