Something To Be Said.

There's something to be said for people who do things the old fashion way... with their hands. In today's world everything is literally at your fingertips. No more are the days where you actually have to go to the grocery store, and the words, "there's an APP for that" are pretty common. My mother and father in-law on the other hand, they're a different story.  My in-laws, Chuck and Noteka live on five acres of land off a recently paved road, that is reminicent of a game of Frogger in the morning, when the bunnies decide the perfect time to cross is when your car is coming down it. When you arrive on this five acre plot of land you are greeted by the sound of dogs barking, the scent of the outdoors, the sight of a couple american flags, a house and a barn.  Its not just a home, It's home.

My in-laws have been chicken farmers for as long as I've known them. When I was in film school I actually did one of my first mini docs on my father in-law. I've always thought it was so cool, and let me tell ya, there's something to be said about people who let their land work for them. Recently though, they have picked up a skill that dates back 10,000 years.  Apiculture, known more commonly as beekeeping, is not easy. beekeeping takes a lot patience and hard work. The question that begs the answer though is, why? Why all the hard work, dedication and patience for something you could so easily have delivered to your front door? The Simple answer? Satisfaction. Firing up the smoker, popping the top on the hive, spinning the honey off the comb, using your hands. In a time where the world is at your fingertips, isnt it nice to know that with hard work, dedication and patience, your hands can still yield results? 

All of these photos were captured on a Fujifilm X Pro 2 and a 35mm f2, using Acros+ R film simulation and edited in Lightroom.

Snow?

Growing up, snow was something I saw a lot of. I remember walking to Van Buren Elementary in snow pants and snow boots and hopefully after school walking to a steep hill somewhere to go sledding. In Wisconsin snow is something you know for six months out of the year is probably going to happen but in South Carolina, it’s fairly rare to get any kind of accumulation. It’s even more rare when you live Near Charleston. I think we can all agree that snow is beautiful... for a few days. So when the people of South Carolina get snow and after they’re done freaking out and clearing grocery stores for supplies to make the traditional milk sandwich, they tend to enjoy it. I know my wife, our dog and I, sure did. We were also happy to see it leave.

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Coastal Carolina Fair

There are thousands of adjectives used to describe fairs across the country. When I think of the fair I immediately think of, body odor, and fried sugar. Never the less there is something so gripping about the fair, something that makes you want to go every year. It may be the food, the rides, the people watching or just simply pure nostalgia. When I was a kid growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, where there isn’t much to do for someone under 21, the fair was something we looked forward to every year, and in Wisconsin it was always the event that rounded out the summer. One Summer my brother and I even traveled the state with my Uncle and his band as they played from fair to fair. I guess you could say I have a lot of fond memories at the fair, and who doesn’t? I mean unless you were part of a ride malfunction or a creepy carnie situation. Now a days as an adult with no kids currently, I don’t tend to make the fair a priority, the wife and I have gone a couple of times, usually purely for people watching and so I can get some photographs. I think besides the nostalgia I get from the fair one thing I love most about it is the simplicity and old school “ no care in the world” feeling it puts off. Everyone is just walking around with turkey legs and elephant ears, looking to get scammed on the next game, or maybe even win their significant other a prize. The fair is something almost as American as baseball, and its definitely something I hope my kids will enjoy as much as I did and still do, and even though I am no longer in Wisconsin I know that once a year, if I want, I can get Cheescurds! Here are some photos I took at the fair, which is so visually stimulating, for obvious reasons. All of these photos were taken on my Fujifilm x100F.

Cheers!

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That moon though! 

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Thumbs up

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Who knows if they’re actually from Wisconsin?

New York City

One of my favorite places in the world will always be NYC. The things a lot of people hate about the city is a lot of what makes me love it. The sounds, the smells, the people. NYC is a melting pot and I love it. Did I say that already? Anyways, I recently went back with my beautiful wife for our third wedding anniversary, I use this time to explore with her and ultimately see things together that we haven’t seen before. Here are some of my favorite photos from that trip, and hopefully from these photos you can feel my passion for this city as well as my love for my wife. We’ll meet again soon, NYC, but not soon enough. Cheers!

 

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