That's right. I don't only shoot people, food and products.
Fine art photography. It lets me explore creativity out of my comfort zones. A wonderful way to light a big blazing inspirational fire under your ass.
Change, that is.
On this day, we (yes, you and I) take a reflective adventure to Ocean City, New Jersey. IMHO, much more rad than the Maryland version.
"You heathen Murphy! How dare this blasphemy from thy lips?!"
I'll stake my claim. No worries my friends.
Why I prefer OCNJ over OCMD?
The liquor laws.
OCNJ is a dry town. Meaning, no bars, no liquor stores, no beer distributors and the restaurants can't sell spirits.
Your thinking it sounds pretty lame, right? Wrong. The liquor laws of OCNJ keep the island squeaky clean. No riffraff. No jerk offs vomiting in the streets or douche bags starting fights for no good reason. Nope. OCNJ is a utopian bliss. IMHO anyway. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an adult beverage here and there but I'm not into the hardcore party scene. And it's not because I'm a boring adult. I hated that scene even when I was living it.
While enjoying a local, organic, mint and agave tea, a bagel toasted well done with spinach, homemade cream cheese and Sriracha at Franny Lou's Porch, I cannot help but ponder, not only the content you're about to read but, interestingly enough, the title to this post.
You may have watched him along side Billy Zane in this year's (2015) Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard. Right? I mean if I'm not mistaken, the entire planet has been, at some point or another, obsessed with the whole zombie thing.
Not groupie of the undead?
No worries, you probably caught him in the network series, Do No Harm or Sarah Megan Thomas' Backwards, a story about a young woman striving to become a member of the Olympic rowing team.
Ok, ok, so Backwards is more of a chick flick and there's mostly dudes hanging around here who probably haven't seen this film but guess what? You're in luck. Ellis Walding, today's photographic subject, not only has been on the big screen on many an occasion but he also has made his way HERE to the blog today and a handful of other days.
Talk about a bold title; "I'm NOT perfect." "Way to reel in the readers Murph," may be your immediate neurological response. As would be mine. I mean, think about it. I'm the dope playing Russian Roulette with my social status; my clout if you will. . .
When friends or family show me their JC Penny-like newborn portraits; photographs of their new bundles of joy, I ofttimes fantasize about sucking the cold blue steel, the business end of a .45 Smith and Wesson. #JustSaying . . .
In the kitchen Stefanie and I have a floor to ceiling sized chalkboard. Funny, our friends who are well
into their 20s, 30s and 40s, doodle on that chalkboard more than the children that pass through our doors. . .
To my right, a glass of the Italian staple, limonata.
I gaze out the window, at the rain, pondering the words to follow on this monumental of days. Prologue
Not only is this the blog's 200th post, a humongous, ginormous milestone, I can honestly say this is the first time EVER, that I'm not writing the post in my studio office.
On this occasion, I decided it was time for a change. Nothing crazy. No gender reassignment or anything drastic. Just a change in my environment, my surroundings, my vibe. Sometimes, and I'm sure it's has been reflected in some writings, staring at the office wall can cause me to be a bit arid. I emphasize sometimes since, on most other days, the words pour out of me like a chick vomiting after too many red headed sluts.
More than just a change in the surroundings, I think I just subconsciously wanted to explore, as I do with my camera, to see what can further inspire my writing. . .
There must be a supernatural force pulling me to shoot this dish or its variations. Two years ago I shot [these babies]. Admittedly, that shoot was one of my favorites in the food department as you can find it hung, big and bold, across the Food and Drink section at MICHAEL ANTHONY MURPHY :: PHOTOGRAPHER .
Today? Sure. Let's explore this little succulent seafaring shellfish :: Mussels in white . . . and a whole lotta other delicious ingredients.