Eat The Darkness

by matthew ratajczak

Archive for March 2009

Back to the Farm

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“The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


A couple new portraits up on Matthew Ratajczak Photography. I’ve been photographing on a lot of small family owned and operated farms lately. When I’m out there with these farmers and their families in the early morning, it makes me want to put down my cameras and get my hands dirty, sweat and make something grow. 

 

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”

–Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Jay (Aug. 23, 1785)


Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

 

“An overcrowded chicken farm produce fewer eggs.”

– Chinese Proverb

 

 

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

 

“If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.”       

– Douglas William Jerrold 

 


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March 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM

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Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak/Scripps Newspapers. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak/Scripps Newspapers. All Rights Reserved.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m still here. Just been busy with life. I’ve been doing a little work to Matthew Ratajczak Photography, adding some new portraits and a story about alligator egg hunting on Lake Okeechobee, shooting almost every day for my real job, doing some freelance, dealing with brush fires and the smokey stank that won’t leave my truck or clothes, not sleeping very well and thinking a lot about the upcoming move to PA for Jessica’s new job and what it all means in the grand scheme of things for me professionally and personally.

But enough about me. Tomorrow’s the big day (shit I guess it’s already tomorrow, didn’t realize it’s after 2:00 a.m.) for my dear friends John and Judyta. This incredible couple will be saying “I do,” we hope, and tying the knot at the beautiful Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla. I couldn’t be happier for them. We wish them all the happiness and luck in the world as they begin this new chapter in their ever evolving story. Looking forward to dressing up and sharing this special day with them. I still don’t understand what a beautiful, smart and lovely woman like Judyta sees in John, but what do I know. Just kidding buddy, I love you man!!

So for the few people that actually check this blog every now and then, sorry for the big gaps. There just seems to be chunks of time where I don’t have much to share or anything worth saying. I’ll get on it and try to be a better blogger.

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March 28, 2009 at 2:32 AM