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Sunday, February 01, 2004

About this Site

Justin Makler Born 02/02/1971

The goal:
Shoot and post at least one photo everyday (7 days a week / 365 days a year.) Often I get home and I look through the few photos that I actually shot for the day and I realize that they all suck. The trick is just to figure out which one sucks less and post it. Other days I shoot 30 great shots, those days are harder because I'm only posting 1 photo.

Who the hell are you? Just some bored 30 something guy that likes to drink and take photos.

How much time do you spend shooting? Anywhere from 5 min to a few hours. Most of the shots during the week are taken during my commute to and from my office. (The job, the one that pays for my extravagant life style.

How many photos do you take a day for this site? Often I only shoot one, the most I have shot was about 1K. If I had to guess an average, it would be about 25 photos a day.

You took my photo but I don't see it? Sorry. Contact me with the day I took your photo and the location and I'll gladly send you a copy.

Why do you do this? Two reasons. First is as header of the site reads; To keep the boredom away. Treating this project as you would a job, it forces me to look at things differently, to shoot things that I normally wouldn't shoot. To break my eye.

Have you ever had your work published? Yes. I use to worked for a daily newspaper, plus several glossy mags. Currently working with Maxim, Complex, Vice and WWD

What do you shoot? Lately I have been using the Sony F828 and loving it. Sometimes a D70 but waiting on my D70s to show up.

What's up with the sites name, The original thought was that it would be a replacement for all the drinking that I do when I'm not working. I'm a recovering alcoholic, every morning I'm recovering. The more structured time that I have, the less time for drinking. However as you can see I often figure a way around this by shooting photos in the bars.

What's up with the name Shoofly? My real name is Justin Makler but when I was really young my granddaddy use to call me Shoofly. He said that I was like a fly on a horses ass, nothing but bothersome.

Will you take my photo? Sure.

copyright & legal shit

copyright information

If you’d like to use one of my photographs on a personal website, or for any other non-commercial purpose, please ask first; chances are I’ll probably say yes. Alternatively, if you have a commercial interest in any of my images, or would like to commission me for a project of your own, please contact me to discuss licensing and fees.

legal stuff

All text and images, unless otherwise noted, are subject to US and international copyright laws and are the property of Justin Makler © 2003-05. No photograph may be reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated, or used whole or in part of a derivative work, without the written permission of Justin Makler. All rights reserved.


Why your camera doesn't matter! Don't be owned.

Justin Makler AKA Shoofly

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The whole idea is just great. It is quite exciting to look throug the pictures; and though it takes lots of time sometimes, I guess it is worth keeping the site alive and those who are interested will surely be glad to find out about your past days and maybe events.
Nice idea, great thoughs, wonderful design. And you're a good photographer, I must admit.

Posted by: Yuri | Oct 27, 2004 2:59:18 PM

i don't know how i stumbled upon your site, but i thought it was extremely interesting. you have beautiful pictures of everyday reality...and your goal is admirable. thank you.

washington heights, ny

Posted by: Nataly | Oct 30, 2004 10:35:37 AM

Great site, well done. I enjoy beeing here and i´ll come back soon. You do a great job. Many greetings.

Posted by: Gina Joy | Nov 10, 2004 3:22:20 AM

I like your pictures of bands. Also, I like the bands you take pictures of. I live in the SF bay area now but used to live in NYC for 20+ years. Wish I'd been more into music then...

Will check out the rest of your site when I have more time. Cheers.

Posted by: Ky-Van | Jan 13, 2005 9:58:56 PM

hey man .. nice website...and contents
i discovered this site not long ago, about a week
and icome here everyday when i have time...really nice pics. i got some questions later on i iwll email them to u i hope u can help
tc RJ

Posted by: R.J. | Jan 31, 2005 9:26:55 AM

justin, hope all is good we meet @ Ipenemas, enjoyed our convo and your photos online keep'n it real my sites comin soon CultureStockImages lookout fer it

Posted by: FernandSiro | Feb 3, 2005 11:56:18 PM

Hey Justin, I stumbled upon your site through looking for park benches on a google search and your site showed up. when i seen an image with a homeless person passed out after an injection, i was perplexed enough to completely view your site. your art is beyond words, but truly beautiful. i have a question for ya. where do you reside? Was curious if you would like to do some freelance work for an up and coming skateboard company.
jeff ware

Posted by: jeff ware | Feb 17, 2005 8:47:15 PM

Wow! Nice work.

I found your site due to your "Hank III and Ass Jack" photos...but I must say, I'm very impressed with so much more.

You and I have similar ways of dealing with boredom. Take a look:

The Spokane Underground

Posted by: Wipson Chayns | Jul 29, 2005 5:19:43 AM

Love your stuff man when you get time we will talk art and the local bar in hoboken my friend ..

Posted by: chris becker | Sep 23, 2005 6:53:36 PM

HAWT Bif pixxx! check out these ones
n look for sept 05 billy idol n bif naked

Posted by: Biffer | Apr 7, 2006 4:34:55 PM


Posted by: steven | Aug 1, 2006 12:42:58 PM

I found the rock. I am the guy who led the original photographer and Across Indiana to the sight. I also know where two such rocks are inside Yellowwood State Forest.

Posted by: brad price | Apr 5, 2008 7:51:18 PM

I found the rock. I am the guy who led the original photographer and Across Indiana to the sight. I also know where two such rocks are inside Yellowwood State Forest.

Posted by: brad price | Apr 5, 2008 7:51:32 PM

Well, what happened to the Pabst Blue Ribbon bottle. Your photos are great and I remember this bottle because my Grandparents lived on Grove St. in Irvington and I saw it alot. Somebody told me that someone bought it at auction for $8,000,000. Do you know if this is true?


Posted by: Charleen | Jul 9, 2008 7:43:06 PM

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