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Typewriter Picnic

I have been out shooting a lot in the past week and it’s been a lot of fun looking for things to photograph. A few rolls of film and memory card dumps later I have a number of things to share here and on flickr. The shots here I took while out with my brother, I decided to bring along this typewriter a friend gave to me as a prop to shoot outside somewhere and we found a couple of great picnic tables in a park lit with the beautiful light of the afternoon sun. I could not have asked for nicer colors, the orange, greens, and browns seem to melt together and I am excited to share something so vibrant with everyone in these cold winter months.

I had a tough time deciding which images to share here but I feel like this is a pretty solid little pack of wallpapers. Because of the way I composed them while shooting there are a couple that didn’t quite work as well as iPad or iPhone wallpapers but I did my best and am offering them to you anyway.

everything is



only you


  1. Carlos Cabezas - February 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I can’t stop saying, thanks!!! this is so good, 50’foot you are the best….composition, color, direction, light, everything.,. !!! amazing,..!!!

  2. garrett - February 2, 2011 at 7:08 am

    ^ what he said :)

  3. sudo - February 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

    following your work for a long time and every time you surprise me with your beautiful photos

  4. Matt - February 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Really really nice work

  5. winip - February 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

    thank you very much :3 the work is not so boring when the desktop is so warm ~!

  6. Sommelier - February 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. The only thing is, the desktop versions are sized 2500×1600, but I believe the correct size is 2560×1600. Keep up the great work!

  7. john - February 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    sommelier, haha, I have been doing this for years now it seems and thats the first time I have cropped them wrong like that, must have been a typo that i didn’t notice while cropping the images down from the originals. oops! I will add that 60px back in there tonight and re-upload the file so if you are interested in having them proper check back tomorrow ;) thanks for pointing that out!

  8. kakature - February 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Oh lordy, what a beautiful set of wallpapers – again.

  9. David - February 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Hey, I love the photos and I have been using a lot of the pictures for my desktop! They are so awesome. I just had a question: Is the photographer a man or a woman? I’ve seen a girl in many of the photos so I was wondering if that was the photographer.

  10. Brittany - February 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

    These are great! I love the fun colors.

    However, I just thought I’d let you know that the last two iPhone direct access links bring up the same photo; the “only you” iPhone wallpaper is missing.

    Keep shooting.

  11. john - February 3, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for pointing that out Brittany, I fixed it right up! I must have been tired or something when posting this time around heh, this and the 60px off desktop images which I will fix up soon. Gotta be more delicate when dealing with links in the future :)

  12. JiM - February 4, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Oh these are beautiful! I love the way the bright orange colour of the typewriter just pops off the screen!

  13. Mirza Maaz - February 6, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Hey there..just wanna say that your work is “AWESOME”..each pic has tells its own story..photography is also my hobby but your work is like really amazing.whenever i look at your pics,i keep looking at them for a while.its like i get dissolved into them.keep up the good work mate..U ROCk..
    Mirza Maaz…
    Dubai, U.A.E

  14. Jeff Smith - March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    What gorgeous photos. One look at my personal sites and you’d know that I have a thing for orange. I also have a small collection of antique typewriters. So, basically, this is like catnip to me. :)

    Putting these on my iPad and iPhone right now.


    Jeff Smith

  15. Jstreet - April 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    what type of typewriter is this?

  16. John carey - April 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

    It’s a pretty random Sears brand Chevron typewriter that was given to me by a friend. I’m not sure that I am able to get ribbons for it or not.

  17. Victor - July 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I really love your pics. They hear a reaylly nice summer vibe and look beautiful on my desktop.

    I recentley discovered your blog and I really enjoy reading it, keep up the good work.

  18. Steph - October 29, 2011 at 6:09 am

    WOW!! These are fantastic!! I read the terms of use, but I just want to be clear, can I use one of these as my tumblr background? (I will provide a link to this site somewhere on my page..) I just wanna double check.

    These are beautiful, I wanna respect your work =)

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  21. Jonas - January 22, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Hey there
    What is that typewriter called? It looks interesting, and I’m looking for a typewriter right now.

  22. KD14 - May 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks !

  23. N.M. - November 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    LOVE these… I know they were posted a while ago, but I wanted to say that. They’re beautiful.

  24. John Carey - November 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks so much! I’ve always loved these as well.

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  26. Peter - January 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Thank you very much! :)

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