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Stepping Back

January 31st, 2017

Stepping Back

I plan to step back from all my creative outlets for a while. I will complete several guitar projects and some charity work that I have promised but then that will be it. I, like many of you, put so much pressure on myself to create, create, create. I then need to find that unusual angle, use a different type of lens or something else to set my work apart from the million other images that have been shot from where i'm at. I find myself being spread to thin with photography, photo manipulation art and designing/building cigar box and custom guitars. Stepping Back will help me, because right now, life is more than enough to keep me occupied. I thank everyone for your continued support of me and my work through the years. Peace & Love, Michael R. McGlothlen.

The United States of America

January 31st, 2017

The United States of America

Believe in American, our system works. Every four years we elect or reelect a President. We don't have to like what they stand for or anything about them, but we do need to rally around them for the greater good, Our Country! The divide in this country is the worse I've ever seen. Whether WE like it or not Donald J. Trump is OUR President. Saying he's not your President is ridiculous!
It's a shame that it has to take a major tragedy to unite our country, now that is just sad!

A Great Appreciation

October 5th, 2016

A Great Appreciation

There are injustices in every country in the world. I think Americans should be more appreciative of what we do have instead of what we don't!

Alien Vacation

October 3rd, 2016

Alien Vacation

The images in the Alien Vacation series are real! Here's the story. Back in 2006 I was on my last trip to Monument Valley. Gary and I were waiting for the sun to go down and I noticed an SD card laying on the knee wall. "Is this your SD card Gary?" No, Gary said. I went around to all the other photographers and asked them, but it belonged to no one. I tossed it into my bag and forgot all about it until, last week. I was cleaning up some gear and checking SD cards for content to backup before formatting for my next trip. I popped the 5th SD card into my Mac and I could not believe my eyes. This card was filled with image after image of these aliens all over the United States, just like they were on a family vacation. Some of their stops included New York City, Niagara Falls, Washington D C, the Kennedy Space Center, The R & R Hall of Fame, Mount Rushmore, Monument Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge. See these unusual vacation photos and more in my UFOs & Aliens Gallery! As always comments are encouraged! Enjoy Life!

Back In Black

September 9th, 2010

Back In Black

I'M BACK IN BLACK & WHITE & A LITTLE RED
Over the years friends and colleagues told me I was getting a big head from all my success in the “biz”. I had noticed that my hat size kept going up with each purchase but didn’t think much about it, until my motorcycle helmet would not fit. I had to finally have a measurement taken and sure enough everyone was right…I have a huge head. I thought, “Cool”! I have always loved those big-headed figurines, you know the ones, like W C Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, and Winston Churchill. Like Those. When I shake my head back and forth I look just like a bobble head. Anyway, one thing always leads to another. I had to customize my street rod, first raising the roof to accommodate my huge head. Although my eyes are twice as large as before my night vision sucks so I added the brightest and largest head lights known to man. I’m talking power, with the high beams on you can melt polyester clothing, I shit you not. This being my photomobile, I hung two AGFA Clack cameras from my mirror in lieu of dice. Last but not least my custom Flea Photographer hood ornament.

To make me shine as much as the car I borrowed a cool jacket from a Dave Adams shoot as well as one of Richard Petty’s famous hats from one of his portraits I shot a while back. To complete my look I added my custom painted red Holga I20n with the hand woven neck strap. Damn, I look good!

Wow, this shot is really coming together. Being the coordinator, photographer, and model is like being the ringmaster of my own 3-Ring circus.

Here it is the day of the big shoot. I woke up about 2:00 and felt well rested, just raring to go. Even thought about shaving…Right. I was so glad I had booked my favorite secret location, you know , the one just down from where I shot the Grand Piano Migration of 2007 at “The Crossing”. I think I have everything, a, Oh Yeah, Breakfast. You know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Let’s see, grits, turkey bacon, eggs sunny side up, toast and lots of high-test coffee. Wait…no toast, that’s right, I have celiac disease. Damn, I miss bread, cookies, doughnuts, cake, pies..OK back to it. After my breakfast I leave for the location and it seemed much closer than I remember, anyway it’s a beautiful day ..the sun is at my back and in my face with the wind blowing from my right and my left. Damn it! The Fuji Blimp. They knew I was going to shoot Kodak VC 400 for this project and are trying to sabotage my shoot. I changed angles several times but that blimp driving dude was good, still always in the frame. Ah, what the hell, I took a light reading, sunny, so I set the slider to the little sun position and set the custom made self-timer gizmo, and ran to my position. CLICK! Yes, you heard right, to save time and money I only did one exposure. Unfortunately for you all it took another 6 months to shoot the rest of the roll. Hell, I just processed it. Yes, this image is in my portfolio. Peace & Love to ALL, Mike McGlothlen.