Evolution of style: Self-centered 2

2021 was the year that I started dressing better thanks to working a construction job: I would wear the same clothes every day without washing for a week, and they would get so grimy with concrete dust, that I just felt disgusting all the time, plus it was all kind of samey.  In my initial search for a good pair of steel toe work boots I started watching a lot of videos online, and mostly they were oriented toward fashion boots rather than work boots, but that gave me plenty of ideas for nice clothes that I could enjoy when I wasn’t wearing my construction gear.  That carried over into going back to the job I actually enjoy.  I have to thank Carl Murawski, Stridewise, Rose Anvil, and maybe one or two other channels on the youtube, plus facebook groups like the Alden Shoes Enthusiasts and Selvedge & Quality Supply.  A lot of the pictures that follow were ones that I took to post on one of those two groups; a few were mimicking the standard shots that get posted there but I do try to give them my own personal flair, and I’m sure I’m the only one shooting on film.

Most of all I was concerned with buying new items that were not made in China, but also staying away from companies that don’t offshore their production, and prioritized American-made wherever possible.  By October I could put together an outfit that was 100% Made in USA and I wear that most days.  Brands featured in these photos include: Stetson hats, Brave Star Selvage, Alden Boots, Schaefer Outfitters, Ruddock Shirts/Flying R Ranchwear, Sugar Cane jeans, Nama Denim, Legacy 92.  And this year there is another new pair of jeans from Brave Star plus a pair of White’s cowboy boots.

And since I was adding a lot of color to my look (thanks to the shirts) I started shooting more color film, also handy considering it was Fall.  It seemed to be at the start of the film shortage and I was going around to Wal-Marts and Walgreens in the area and buying up whatever stock they had of Fuji Superia and Kodak Ultramax.  I’m glad I did because it might be the last time I get to use Superia 400 since Fuji shut down their factory in 2020 and we still don’t know right now if they are reopening it or having other companies manufacture film for them from now on.

2021 off-season cowboys (color)

Back when color film was plentiful and I was shooting it with wild abandon.  Now we’re all hoarding it like it’s going away…

Honestly I think I shot more color film in 2021 than I ever have!  It just seemed a good time for it.

Kodak cowboy diptych

If you ever wondered just what I looked like while I’m taking pictures of all those cowboys and jeeps it would be something like this:

Except we wear vests as well; I took mine off to show off my new shirts.  I’m becoming a bit of an aficionado of well-made clothing (side-effect of owning a few Nikons?) so have started taking a few style shots here and there.

A breakdown

It’s not the first time old Ruby and I have had difficulties together.  In fact I think it’s time #3 if I’m remembering correctly.

One of my passengers had just restored a CJ-7 so he was tinkering around a bit, and a kind fellow stopped to help us as well; what was determined was that the fuel pump gave out and it couldn’t be fixed on the side of the road.  We had to be rescued to finish the tour.  Just Enough Extra Parts indeed.

Old cars, etc.

Because again, in Colorado and the Southwest, there are a lot of them.

The first is my pastor’s old Chevy that he’s been working on for the last few years.  The others are at the place I was recently staying, the owner is a big fan of vintage Willys and Plymouth vehicles.  There will probably be plenty more on this in the future.  I hope Jim Grey approves!