It’s Real….And It’s Spectacular

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It’s real, and it’s spectacular.*

After months of working on the TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND project virtually, yesterday, for the first time….I saw the book live and in my hand.

PDF’s are on thing. To be able to touch the cover, flip through it, smell the pages.

It’s real and it’s spectacular.*

It’ “premiered” at the Fifty Years Of Makin’ This Guitar Talk symposium at Monmouth University.

Not only did it premier there, it was very well-received. We had 25 advance copies, and sold them out. Hopefully, that will bode well for when the book is released for good in early December.

I also had some of my Photographs On The Edge of Town posters for sale as well, and they received some nice attention and reaction to them as well.

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But yesterday was all about seeing the book in print.

Congrats to Joe Clifford and Zelmer Press for bringing this over the goal line.

And for allowing me to get involved with it.

I’m truly honored and excited. More to come…

Onwards….

Oh..*

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Stylin’ And Profilin’

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Just a quick update on the symposium I’m part of tomorrow. (I know, I know…I’m starting to bang you over the head about this this….)

In advance of the talk, I had AdoramaPix do a really nice 20×30 print with metallic finish of the TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND book cover (which was designed by CD Regan. It came out looking GREAT! I can’t recommend AdoramPix enough for your print needs.

If you haven’t tried them out, do so. They often have great deals and savings going on too, so check out their blog and site before you buy. You may be able to save a few bucks and get quality product.

Also, I did a quick-and-dirty walk-in reel for our panel. Something they could play as we’re all getting set up.

(If you don’t see the embeded video on your screen, click here to watch it.)

Again, I, and others, will be live tweeting from the symposium using the hashtag #Bruce50years. I’ll also be using #TITHL when it pertains to the book.

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Finally on this fine Friday….some unabashed self-promotion here: My friends over at Rear Curtain decided to do a little profile on me and my recent work. The piece just went live today, so click that link and head on over and check it out.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out all the other great photoessays that Rear Curtain is helping produce!

They are all a busy bunch over there, so I’m honored the team – Ray, Sabrina, Matt, Stuart, Emily and Dorothy – decided devote some space to me. They’ve been big supporters of mine for the past few years and I’ve really enjoyed being part of their great work from the beginning.

I’m sending a big JerseyStyle THANK YOU! to the Rear Curtain team. I’ll send some Jersey Pork Roll your way!

Bruce has been makin’ his Fender guitar talk for 50 years now…..I’m just tryin’ to do the same thing with my Canon camera.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Hat In The Ring, Again

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On the submissions front, 2014 hasn’t been very good to me.

Earlier in the year, I submitted some images for a gallery showing at the Monmouth Museum.

Nothing.

I submitted some images to a Filson Outdoor Photo Contest.

No go.

The AdoramaPix YBS of 2013 worked out a bit better, but no winner winner chicken dinner.

But, despite all this, I’m throwing my hat in the ring yet again.

Got an email a few weeks from the photo editor at NJBiz Magazine. NJBiz is New Jersey’s leading business weekly and they are publishing a hardcover book to celebrate the 350th Anniversary of The Great State of New Jersey. The email said they were looking for photo entries that capture the great points of our state. (I think one of my photos was published in a book their publishing company did a few years ago, so my email must be in their database.)

So, you get that email, and you call yourself JerseyStyle Photography, well, you gotta submit to something honoring the state.

After extensive review and thinking, I finally selected the 10 images (above) that I wanted to submit for consideration.

Prior to my selections, I had a short email exchange with the photo editor, and at one point, he said he would like to see some people shots. I knew that was coming, frankly. As I imagine, he’s getting a TON of sunrise, sunset and beach shots. I’ve seen this before happen before with other local photo books. But to me, that doesn’t define New Jersey. And, frankly, it’s boring, unmemorable photography to me. (Seriously, what’s the last sunrise image you remember for longer than it takes to pass though the synapses of your brain?)

So, I tried to pick some of my images that do define our state: The hardworking people of this state (a cobbler, diner owner, and a patriot). Some iconic locations, but with a different look (Madam Marie’s, The Trenton Makes bridge, 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City), and some views that show the beauty of our state.

I was trying to select some of the more unique, interesting images in my NJ portfolio, some that tell the story without having to really do so. Sure I know others will submit photos of Madame Marie’s shop. You go to Asbury Park, you’re shooting that. But I think my shot is unique (fisheye lens, nice sun spark). So, even with the common photos, I tried to give it a new look.

Will any of them be selected for this book?

Dunno.

We shall see, I guess. I’ll let you know when I hear.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Weekend Shot: Fall Is A-Comin’

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It’s a-comin’.

The morning and late evening air is crisp.

I’m seeing advertisements for apple days and corn mazes.

Pumpkins and mums are replacing watermelons at the roadside farm stands.

The soybeans, just up the road from us, are starting to turn yellow.

Summer is seemingly a long time away now. If Fall isn’t rapping on the door, it’s already shoved it’s shoulders halfway through the doorframe.

It’s a-comin’.

Stormy sky + lone barn + soybean patch + Nik HD filter = This Weekend Shot.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

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