Personal Record 2.9.2012


Personal Record is an ongoing stream of the images I make outside of my professional career. The personal images, mobile images, outtakes, and random candid images that I take on whatever camera I happen to have handy at the time; a documentation of my day-to-day life and the things I come across that interest me visually.

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Superbowl Sunday was spent at a nearly empty bowling alley celebrating my friend Derek’s birthday – When you get a bunch of creatives and artists together to bowl the fez and smoking jacket  suddenly make a lot more sense. Derek was definitely the best dressed on the lanes that night.


My latest obsession that I discovered on – Duke Cannon Soap. Gigantic 3/4 pound bars of soap that do without all the overly flowery /perfume smells of most soap in favor of something a little  more masculine. I love the simple design of their packaging and the Army green color of the bar.

It’s hard to beat a slogan like “Smells Like Victory”


Scenes from being out and about in Buffalo this week – my favorite part of which was  stopping to explore the area around Buffalo’s Historic Central Terminal

Me and Erin visited a wonderful used bookstore call Old Editions – their multiple floors of literary excitement was definitely highlighted by one of the coolest collections of old photography books and manuals I have come across yet.

Me, Aaron, And scott did a lot of work in the studio this week, namely getting the place re-organized and ready for some large productions that are right on the horizon.

A new batch of prints that are ready to be added to the photo wall.


A while back I received this amazing book as a gift –  My first Ten Years with The Leica by Paul Wolff – I am just now starting to be able to go through it, and I think reading it is going to dominate a good part of my weekend. This volume is barely held together at its binding and the vintage images in it are astounding.

Healthy and un-healthy snacks respectively; Almonds dusted with cocoa powder and headcheese (totally gross to 95% of the world, but I grew up eating it and it is definitely one of my favorite sandwich fillers – then again, many people have made note of my eating habits over the years on this blog – maybe I am the weird one!)

The Permanent Collection

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

I have toyed with the idea of giving some of my favorite images from Personal Record a permanent home on the main page of for some time now. What started as a small experiment of self-documentation has grown into a regular and very popular feature on my blog. Due to my own ongoing fascination with mobile photography as well as the wonderful encouragement that I have received from all of you over the past few months I will definitely be continuing to capture images from my day-to-day adventures – and you can now view a curated and evolving gallery of some of my favorites from the series here – I hope you enjoy! 

A permanent collection of my favorite images from my personal record blog posts.

lo-fi irregulars – Niagara Falls Blvd

After moving from Canada to the states when I was a kid I spent most of my life growing up around the Niagara Falls and Youngstown NY  areas. I have a strange obsession with the remains of the once great tourism industry that once kept the area moving, Some of the last relics of that previous tourist boom are the motels that line the boulevard. I was out there this morning and had a chance to play with Hipstamatic on my iPhone for a bit, taking shots of some of the signs and surrounding areas.

Images of the Niagara Falls Blvd Strip. By Luke Copping

The Bit-O-Paris motel, rooms still rented by high school kids to this day in order to throw parties.

Rapids Bowling centre - Luke Copping Photography

Rapids Bowling, I remember when I lived in the area, that there was always an unusually high concentration of bowling alleys nearby.

Bel-Aire motel - Luke Copping photography

The Bel-Aire motel, my favorite retro sign on the Boulevard.

motel and used cars - Luke Copping Photography

I would venture to say that its a bad idea to buy a used car from the motel you stayed at last night.

The Niagara Falls Motel - Luke Copping Photography

The Niagara Falls Motel

Motel in Niagara Falls NY - Luke Copping Photography

Another roadway motel

Knights Inn - Luke Copping Photography

Knights Inn, one of the more modern additions. Lacking some of the retro charm, but I still love that sign.

Caravan Motel, Niagara Falls - Luke Copping Photography

Another of my favorite sings from the area, the Caravan Motel.

The wagon wheel restaurant - Luke Copping photography

Front of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant

3 star motel - Luke Copping Photography

The 3-Star Motel

Old Bell Facility, Derelict Garage - Luke Copping Photography

A derelict garage at the Old Bell Aerospace Complex, Now a facility housing several manufacturing companies, I worked in the complex for years.

View of airfield and Garage - Bell Facility - Luke Copping Photography

Another view of the Garage and unused lots nearby.

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