Eat The Darkness

by matthew ratajczak

Archive for November 2008

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

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O Christmas Tree,

O Christmas Tree,

How steadfast are

your branches!

Your boughs are green

in summer’s clime

And through the snows

of wintertime.

O Christmas Tree,

O Christmas Tree,

How steadfast are

your branches!











All Photographs Copyright © 2008 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.


Written by eatthedarkness

November 30, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Say Hello To My Little Friend

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He stayed with me longer than I thought he would. Then he was one with the wind. Never saw him again.


Copyright 2008 © Matthew Ratajczak, All Rights Reserved.

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November 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM

New Website!

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I finally launched! It’s still coming together and not perfect, but I really wanted to get it up. What’s up there now might not be what’s up there a week from now since I will still be refining and tweaking the content in the coming weeks. Thanks for looking!

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November 12, 2008 at 1:39 AM

Posted in About Me, Photography

Sad Times

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It finally happened. It finally hit close to home. My newspaper laid off 38 people yesterday, including dear friends and fellow photographers Sam Wolfe and Sara Grile. No warning, just a mandatory 3 p.m. meeting. We weren’t sure exactly what was happening, but we all knew it was not going to be good. I was confused and unsure why Sam, Sarah and four others from the editorial department were heading away from the conference room, downstairs to a different meeting, while the rest of the newsroom was herded into another meeting. It didn’t take long for the news to be announced and the names of those fired read aloud. 

Eyes filled with tears. 

Sarah and Sam are both young and very talented. They are good people. I’m confident they will be OK. I hope, actually I know, they will turn this unexpected shit sandwich into opportunity. I don’t think they know just yet how lucky they are to be liberated. Unfortunately it wasn’t on their terms, and that sucks. Sam’s a survivor and he will continue to do great things. Sarah now has no reason not to enroll in the documentary film program at the University of Florida she’s been talking about. One door closes, a thousand more open.

You two will be missed more than you know. The last few years of having you two in our little photo family has been wonderful. It’s a great loss for all of us. The good news is that this is just a bump in the road. You’re still with us, just not working with us. You are the lucky ones in so many ways!

Written by eatthedarkness

November 7, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Happy Election Day!

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I’m writing this just minutes before November 4, 2008, election day. If you haven’t already voted early, I hope you all exercise your right to vote today, no matter who your candidate of choice is. I just hope that whoever is elected follows through on just a fraction of what they’ve promised over and over and over again. Asking anymore is just not realistic. These are a few photos from a recent Joe Biden rally in Jupiter, Florida. Elect Barack Obama!!!!








All Photographs Copyright © 2008 Matthew Ratajczak/Scripps Newspapers

Written by eatthedarkness

November 4, 2008 at 12:01 AM