Frank Petronio photographer


“While most extracurricular activities increase your odds of admission to an elite school, holding a leadership role or winning awards in organizations like high school R.O.T.C., 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America actually works against your chances. Consciously or unconsciously, the gatekeepers of elite education seem to incline against candidates who seem too stereotypically rural or right-wing or “Red America.”

~ Ross Douthat, NY Times, 7/18/2010

I posted these on a photo forum I frequent with the remark that these kids were the best of America. And of course some pedantic piece of shit had to comment “not necessarily”. Probably a Yalie. 

Long Day

Broke my tibia on January 4, been out of the cast for five weeks now… and we had a bit of a family emergency which required me to be on my feet for hours, lots of mileage. This morning it feels like I climbed a mountain but it’s all part of the process of rebuilding my strength. 

Nevertheless I still made some photos on my drive home from the hospital. 

He’s been outside all Winter….

Send Nudes!

Mossberg and Taurus

(And the emergency is “OK”.)

Almost Lost My Drone

Lake Ontario, Hamlin Beach State Park

Once my Mavic drone flew above the tree tops the increased wind threatened to take it downrange and out of reach. Considering my behobbled state I’d have a hard time trudging through muddy farm fields even if I were able to locate it (electronically using “Find My Drone”) before the battery expired. Luckily I was able to lower its altitude and fly home through the trees.

More Bs

To write is to rewrite and make even more typos. I end up going back and spending more time editing my long winded blog entries than creating them, I’m horrible at it. So here are some old photos, they are much safer:

Nashville, that was a fucked up trip.

Kodak Ad

Uncle Paul died of AIDs in 1990

Favorite early image, Frontier Communications

While visiting Cornell

Late 1990s

Billboards for Empire Brewing. These actually went up on the highways with owner-driven embellishments like an address block lol.

Factory Work

Albert Paley and Crew

Using Format