Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Doorway

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Another doorway, this one from Spencer, North Carolina.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Photography Show and Exhibit by Dan Routh

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

I am stepping away from commercial and advertising work and taking part in a photography show and exhibit on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Studio B Event Center, 520 South Elm Street in Greensboro, in connection with Downtown Greensboro's First Friday art tour of downtown art venues. Everyone is cordially invited to come by and take at look. It's free. I will be sharing space with Greensboro aluminum artist Scott Harris. This is something new for me. While I have shown individual pieces in shows and competitions over the years, this will be my first exhibit of this size. I'm excited and hope those who attend will enjoy what we hang. For more info on First Friday, go to

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fashion on the Construction Site

Out-takes from a recent workwear catalog shoot.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Cactus

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

My wife's Thanksgiving cactus blooms on our sun porch. She was given the plant by my step-grandmother Lucy some 25 years ago. Don't know how long Lucy had it before that. A Thanksgiving cactus is like a Christmas cactus, which blooms at Christmas, and an Easter cactus, which blooms at Easter, except a Thanksgiving cactus blooms at....

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1931 Model A Ford. Off to the Car Show.

Odell and Dori Routh, of Lineberry, North Carolina, head out for an antique auto meet in their 1931 Model A Ford roadster on a recent Saturday morning. Both of them are pretty well bundled up because it seems their beautiful old car doesn't have a lot of heat.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Portrait

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Portrait photograph of a young man, Justin, who works at a local oil company in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Natural Patterns

Patterns abound in nature as seen in a couple of still life photographs. Above, the wind creates waves in the sand on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, while below, bacteria produces river-like patterns in a pool near a geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Black & White Portrait of an Old Friend

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

We have been out most of the week shooting photographs of outdoor apparel and workwear for a catalog. An old friend of mine, Terry Sheppard, was kind enough to let us shoot at his shop in Randolph County. Terry runs Piedmont Generator where he services and sells residential and commercial electrical generators. He also repairs and rebuilds all kinds of heavy equipment. If it's mechanical, he can fix it, and if it can't be fixed, he'll redesign and rebuild it. His is an extraordinary talent.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mason Jar

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

An old mason jar sits as a still-life in an out-building on our farm, forgotten by the years.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


We're off today for a few days of location catalog photography shooting outdoor apparel. I'm thankful for having the work. Shown are a couple of image shots from a previous effort. Just hope the weather holds.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Summer Butterfly

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

A Tiger Swallowtail feeds on thistle in our pasture on our farm in Randolph County earlier this summer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fashion

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Men's casual fashion photograph of a male model from an outdoor apparel catalog shoot. It was a fall image from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mountain Ridges

The weather in Greensboro today pretty well stinks. It's cold and windy and rainy. Basically, it's the kind of day that makes me want to be somewhere else working. Today's images are from a time when clients actually used to pay me to travel to shoot and represent views of the kinds of spots I love to work, mountains and the western part of the US. All are ridges, but each has it's own personality.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tearing Down Engines

I find that a lot of my assignments involve photographing people working. A couple of weeks ago I shot a group of guys tearing apart diesel engines at a local dealership here in Greensboro. The engines were part of a long term study on oil additives and the technicians were measuring and inspecting every part for evidence of wear. Fascinating to watch these guys go through an engine literally in minutes.

(Photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tractor Shed

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

An old Farmall tractor sits in a tractor shed on our farm in Grays Chapel, North Carolina.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Greensboro Architecture. Blandwood.

Blandwood, the home of former North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead is located a couple of blocks from downtown Greensboro. It's an interesting mesh of architectural styles. The back of the house is the original 1795 farmhouse, while the front is an impressive Italianate style villa.

(photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Portrait of a Young Woman

(Photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Portrait photography of a young Greensboro woman.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Doorknobs and Broomsticks

I live in a hundred year old farmhouse and a lot of the hardware is also that age. The other day I needed a glass doorknob to replace a broken one, so I headed across the street from my photography studio in Greensboro to Mary's Antiques. Mary's is an institution in the antique district in Old Greensboro and I have known her for years. We have bought pieces for our home and rented props for photo shoots. She carries a wonderful variety of fine antique furniture and an eclectic collection of collectibles. You never know what she might have in stock. She is also known for having perhaps the best selection of architectural antiques in the area, so if you need a door, or a knob or a hinge, her shop is the place to go. Mary's is located at 607 South Elm Street, and can be reached at 336-378-8877 or at If you are in downtown Greensboro, stop by her shop and browse. It's worth the trip.

(photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways, Especially With Cats

Last week our 16 year old cat Boots laid down on his favorite bench and went to sleep. My wife found him the next morning; he never woke up. We were devastated although thankful that he went that peacefully. Then the very next day, what appears on our back porch, but a little female kitten, full of energy and wanting to be rubbed and loved. She was obviously dumped by someone. We live out in a very rural area of Randolph County, North Carolina and we aren't near enough to anywhere from which she could have wandered. And, she was probably raised around someone who petted her, she is entirely tame, very much so. A terrible thing for someone to do and usually tragic for the animal, because most dumped pets end up starving or hit by vehicles. This time, I guess the little girl is lucky. My wife calls her Precious.

UPDATE: A couple of days after Precious showed up, enter Spook.

And I don't even want to talk about Dewey.

(photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sweet Gum Tree

Farther down in our pasture on our farm in Randolph County is a large sweet gum tree. It's a spot I find myself returning to from time to time and year to year to make photographs. Not as colorful as maples in the fall, I somehow find the gum tree more interesting; the shape of a leaf on a lichen covered rock, and of course those prickly gum balls that are still green this time of year. Glad they're in the pasture and not in my yard.

(photographs copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mushrooms in the Pasture

(photograph copyright 2009 by Dan Routh)

A walk in the pasture at our farm in Grays Chapel, North Carolina turned up these tiny mushrooms popping up through the grass. And yes, that is what it looks like in the bottom left of the image. Watch your step!