Native Floridian Hal Padgett hails from the Panhandle, but has called Neptune Beach on the First Coast home since January 2003. His front door is two miles from a cast of characters at the Jacksonville Beach pier and boardwalk, and Daytona Beach is a quick ninety miles to the south. These have been his primary areas of focus since he embraced digital photography in August 2014 and began to snap photographs again.
He calls himself a street photographer and has drawn inspiration from many legends of the genre: Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Joel Meyerowitz, and William Eggleston. Alex Webb and Matt Stuart are recent influences. And Flannery O’Connor is always on his mind.
"Old Black & White” photos were shot in the late 80s and early 90s, on 35mm and 120 roll film (mostly Tri-X). All other photos were shot in December 2014 or later, in digital format.
Also on the menu bar (under "More) is Lonely Man Ranch. It features a few written pieces from his nothing-but-words book, Notes From Lonely Man Ranch.
Prints are available from any of the 500+ photos on this website. More information is available HERE.
Self-Portrait at Age 34 1 year & 2 months after I first learned to load film into a 35mm camera Tri-X, Nikon FM2
Self-Portrait at Age 66