Chain Link

I’ve been scratching my sagittal crest all night trying to come up with a missing ‘link’ joke for you. No dice. I guess you’ll just have to come up with one of your own. Which might be considered fun… in certain circles.

note: Sagittal Crest is the one of the few terms I remember from an Anthropology class I took back at the dawn of time. Well, that and Australopithecus Afarensis. Because it really rolls of the tongue.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

About this image: digital photograph highly modified to replicate cyanotype


The Big Three

Disclaimer…  there is NO big political statement intended here – this is merely an exercise in abstraction. Initially I was going to print / cut out these portraits as templates to spray-paint through. I still might try something like that, but while I’m out shopping for Krylon, hang on to those retinas everyone.

About this image: digital media – vector art created with Adobe Illustrator

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

The leaves haven’t changed all that much here yet, so I decided to post a different take on this weeks theme (yet again).

The above was taken at Amnicon Falls State Park. Which is in Wisconsin. Which reminds me of cheese. And That 70’s show. And the Green Bay Packers (which is unfortunate, because I’m a Vikings fan).

Red Forman: “Dear Lord, would it kill you to give the Packers a winning season? Oh, and uh, watch over my loving family, blah blah blah… ”

– Kurtwood Smith – That 70’s Show

About this image: digital photograph heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion

Duaflex II

Duaflex II (revised) © Robert Jay Matejcek

Twin lens reflex cameras are particularly good looking. I try not to let that go to my Duaflex II’s head, though… it’s the camera I shoot through for TTV photos, and I’d hate for it to develop an attitude. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hansel: [while in an interview, dressed in angel’s wings] “I hear words like ‘beauty’ and ‘handsomeness’ and ‘incredibly chiseled features’ and for me that’s like a vanity of self absorption that I try to steer clear of. ”

– Owen Wilson – Zoolander

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Car 54

I wanted  it to look like this car from the Museum of Transportation could still be in service, so I re-built quite a bit of the above.

If you’re curious… unedited photo here (click thumbnail for full-size)… and more info below:

  • Mass. Bay Area Trans. Authority No. 54
  • Coach (Model RDC-1)
  • Budd; 1954
  • Self-Propelled, diesel-powered, built for Canadian Pacific Ry.

About this image: digital photograph; moderately modified

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

You should have seen this guy… he was literally covered in his lunch (I’m fairly certain one more piece of straw would have broken his back)! It was so distracting I spent about two hours airbrushing him. Then I decided the results were almost too clean, so I cropped off half my work and threw a ton of noise / dust / scratches at the poor dude.

*sigh* I think we could both use a bib. And maybe a glass of water.

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Minnesota Bridge

So, this is a bridge… somewhere… in Minnesota. I think.  I’m having a difficult time remembering for sure… it’s been a while since the seventies (at least two years before my time, anyway).  Yeah… I’m still the dates, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Stephanie Mangano: “Nice move. Did you make that up?”

Tony Manero: “Yeah, well, I saw it on TV first, then I made it up. ”

– Karen Lynn Gorney  & John Travolta – Saturday Night Fever

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Wind Turbine Platform

So… this is the result of my crawling around underneath some  wind turbine control house stairs.  It’s a bit of an unusual perspective, which I like, but I sure wish I could have caught a bit of motion blur in those blades. Maybe if we all flap our arms really, really hard…

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textured

Another… ‘unusual’  conversation heard only here:

Me: “Hey, Annabelle, do we have any empty containers?”

Annabelle: “Possibly… what size are you looking for?”

Me: ” It doesn’t really matter. I just wanted to photograph an empty cardboard box.”

Annabelle: “Oh, okay. Look over by the cleaning supplies.”

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified


I haven’t posted vector stuff here before (so I might as well start way back in the archives). This was drawn the loooong way (for a slow guy like me, anyway)… with Illustrator’s pen, pencil and shape tools… no filters or live trace. So… there’s that.

These tracks were located behind a renovated depot that housed an architectural firm I once worked for (they designed the building on the left). I could just glance out the window and see trains rolling by… not too shabby, eh?

Milton Waddams: “…and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay…”

– Stephen Root – Office Space

About this image: digital media – vector art created with Adobe Illustrator