Meaner than a Junkyard Dog

November 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

No, I'm not talking about Nancy with the title of this blog!

(Nobody tell her I said that. If we can all stay tight-lipped I might be okay. Her friends know it's not like she's gonna see it on her Facebook page any time soon. But don't give up hope for our technologically-challenged shooter; Nancy has been spotted lurking around the pages of Pinterest quite a bit lately :-) 

We've got a blog planned to show some more of the studio work we have done with people other than ourselves, but before we move inside for the winter, we wanted to post this sampling of photos from Joe and Scott's scrap yard at the quarry, just a little North of Dubuque. We shot this on a rainy day, then got busy, so I've had these in queue for a little while. Other than the fact that our models are a little on the mature side, we really liked what we shot, and what we got!

Dubuque photographer, Nancy Pape posing for a test shot in an old semi trailer.Nancy in a trailer, Quarry Shots 007-EditWe were like kids in a candy store doing test shots at the Dittmer Recycling scrap yard in a quarry North of Dubuque. Photo of CJ Pape converted to black and white, while retaining some of the color.Nothing runs like a Deere, Quarry Shots 005 ColorCJ Pape, of Pictures by Pape, poses in front of industrial John Deere equipment at a scrap yard in Dubuque, Iowa.

Families and young people are always looking for that "Grunge Thing," so Nancy suggested we go out to the quarry to check it out.  Nancy loves, loves, loves shooting outside, and the freedom that allows. While shooting "Under the Lights" is more predictable and allows her to concentrate on composing the shot and posing the subject, she will always be most comfortable when she gets a camera off the tripod and in her hand!

This gallery illustrates the variety of photo opportunities and displays the effects of varying textures at the scrap yard. It's fascinating how interesting weathered wood, mangled metals, crushed cardboard and other scrap materials can be. They photographed really well.

Since even we get tired of looking at test shots of each other, we've parsed this gallery down to 24 photographs and will provide a link to a quick slide show. I'm running it at a fairly quick pace, but you can always pause near the bottom of the viewing window if you want to stop it to admire one of the glorious piles of garbage those Dittmer guys have accumulated:

Joe and Scott (notice how I keep putting my brother-in-law first ;-) have long known the value of trash, but everyone is just thrilled to find out it is beautiful too, reinforcing the old adage, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." 

Keep your eyes open for an upcoming blog to display some backdrops that we think would be really cool for graduation pictures and Christmas Cards. We've put some teasers out on Facebook of a couple sessions we've had with younger fresh faces, and will be excited for you to see some more of those photos. With cold weather approaching it's likely that you'll see more inside Pictures by Pape, but we will be looking forward to the chance to get back out to the quarry in the not-too-distant future!


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