24 of 2014

2014 was apparently the year of black and white portraits and architecture for me. I took plenty of color work, but as I was narrowing down my personal favorites it ended up that they were all black and white. The year itself was anything but black and white for me. So perhaps there was something in the form and simple complexity of purely tonal imagery that I was drawn to.

 I narrowed it down to my top 24. 21 of which were shot on film. This was not an intentional ratio, but was another interesting personal observation on what I was drawn to this year.

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture so much of the world around me and to do so in such a personal way. Thank you to all who have hired me, patiently tagged along with me on shoots, and of course to my amazing subjects for being so gracious to spend their time in front of my lens.

I hope you will enjoy 2014 through my eyes and please feel to leave some love. 


Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - Asbury Park, NJ - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX -York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - Rocks State Park, MD - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Canon 5D Mii - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Canon 5D Mii - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - Rising Sun, MD - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Canon 5D Mii - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - Harrisburg, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - New York, NY - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

Kodak 400TX - York, PA - 2014 © Ken Bruggeman Photography

J. Robert Spencer

J Robert Spencer. Affectionately known as Bobby by his friends in his hometown. My hometown, York, PA. I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby when I was 18 and while considering a career in performance. I traveled to NYC to see him in the Broadway production of SIDESHOW. I met him and he welcomed me and generously answered all the questions I had with his warm and charismatic personality.

Fast forward 15 years.  Bobby’s life unfolds, starting a family, continuing to pursue his career, accomplishing such things such as… oh you know… starring in the original cast of the phenomenon Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS and then being nominated for a TONY Award in another Broadway production called Next To Normal. To say I am inspired by this guy is an understatement.

It just so happened that he was coming back to York last January to perform in his current success The Midtown Men, where he and the other original cast members from the JERSEY BOYS entertained audience after audience with energetic tunes of the 60s. I caught wind of it and thought I would take a chance and reach out to him and see if he wanted to grab a drink while he was home. (Because you know we were tight from that one time that I met him back in 1998.) haha.  He very kindly and respectfully declined due to the tight touring schedule, and that was that.

But then something happened that blew my mind and is a testament to the awesomeness that is J. Robert Spencer. Out of the blue I receive an email from him saying that after I had emailed him, he looked through my work and that he needed to update his headshot and wondered if I would be interested in photographing him when he was in town. I respectfully declined…. I kid.

No pressure.  I can do this. No big deal... I pep talked myself through what felt like an overwhelming excitement and pressure to do well.  But as another testament to the awesomeness of Bobby, he was so energetic, outgoing, and natural in front of the camera during the shoot that it all just unfolded into what ended up being one of the most fun and successful studio shoots I have ever done. 

Enough about that. Check it.

 

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Play Ball

I have never been a big fan of baseball. Not that I dislike it, I just never had interest in it...until now. And I am not sure I can still say that I am a fan of the sport as much as I love to watch this little boy enjoy the hell out of the game. He is a natural. Literally. Instinctual concentration and focus, a lot of confidence, and out there just to have a blast. It is an amazing thing to watch. And luckily I was able to catch a glimpse of those moments  this past weekend at his first T-ball game.

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