The Con Is On


Tomorrow, NoirCon 2014 kicks off down in Philadelphia. The brain child of Lou Boxer and an old La Salle University friend, crime writer Duane Swierczynski, it was born as GoodisCon, an homage to Philadelphia noir writer David Goodis. You may remember a couple of years ago when I did a Retreat To Goodisville.

Anyway, NoirCon is held every couple of years, an attracts folks from all over the world. However, the last one, which was supposed to be held in 2012 was cancelled when that mean old broad, Hurricane Sandy, blew through.

So, people are chomping at the bit for the dark and shadowy. I’ve long wanted to go to it, but usually off traveling for work at this time of year.

Not only do I get to go this year, I’m actually on a panel in support of TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND.

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Me and some of my local TITHL brethren will be on the panel, and we’ll show some of my photos, too. Books and prints, of course, will be for sale.

Ironically, the panel will be hosted by another of my friends from La Salle, Edward Petite, aka Philly Poe Guy. We had no idea so much noir was running around the campus at 20th & Olney 22 years ago.

I’m also looking to meet up with some authors that I’ve come to know, read and love virtually at this point.

Plus, I’ll be in my old Philly stomping grounds. I always love going back to my favorite U.S. city.

Here’s a good preview of NoirCon 2014 from

If you have nothing to do this Halloween weekend, come on out to the City of Brotherly Love and get your noir on.

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Weekend Shot: Stearman

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Still up here in Northeast Pennsylvania. My Dad is doing well, though. Thanks for all the good wishes and support.

Had some time in between office visits to kick around the Wyoming Valley. Down in the town of Forty-Fort is a small airport. People learn to fly there, or keep a prop plane there.

On Saturday, as I was driving by, I saw this beauty. They were nice enough to let me shoot some frames of this Boeing Stearman 75.

I wanted to take a ride in it, but they didn’t want me to wear the Snoopy helmet and goggles.

Well, that and the fact that it was $300 for half an hour for a ride. I passed.

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But shot some cool pics instead. Even the screwdriver was cool.

Neat biplane + beautiful Fall morning + Northeast Pennsylvania = The Weekend Shot

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JSP Visual Week In Review | 10.25.14

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When last we left our hero…

Well, at this time last week, my youngest son was still two and my father had never had an operation in his 81-year-old life.

And today…

Matt is three.

And Dad had quadruple bypass surgery yesterday.

How a week changes things.

(both are sleeping comfortably and doing well, by the way….)


This Week’s Links

* Another strong post from Joe McNally: Still Shooting For LIFE

* What I’m reading this week: Chris Leek’s Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em – great collection of short crime fiction and drama stories.

* 800 mph

* RIP Ben Bradlee

* RIP René Burri

* RIP Le Minh Thai

RIP Alfred Wertheimer 

* TIME: The Return Of The Decisive Moment

* Loser Machine: Nice work here @ Whiskeygrade

* Raylan.

* Fred Lyons: San Francisco in the ’40s and ’50s.

* “Build more than you destroy. Give more than you take. Do more than you talk.” ~ Sina

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(Read Part One here)

Park Two
This past Sunday, I headed down to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Danny Clinch was doing a book signing at The Pony and I wanted to a) get the book and b) get it signed by him. However, this would be one of my shorter runs to AP, as I had to get back up to my neck to the state (a little north of me, actually) to go to my nephew’s 3rd birthday party at a local farm. I was under strict orders from the Head Office: Go, Get the book signed, and Get back up to the party. No dilly-dallying. No hanging around.

It was a beautiful Sunday. As I took the quick route (I-195 to Route 138 East to Route 35 to Route 71 into Asbury Park), I had Springsteen’s Magic playing. I like that record, and it usually gives me good photographic luck. I kid you not, it does. Little did I know this would be a bit prophetic, a bit Madame Marie-ish if you will.

Usually when I get into Asbury Park, I hang a right on Cookman, follow it to Ocean and then start to look for parking. Sunday, though, I took that right on Cookman, but hung a larry on Kingsley, then went up just a couple of blocks to Second Ave. The Stone Pony is at 2nd and Ocean, so I was a bit behind the club.

I pulled into a spot at the end of the row, closer to Kingsley, and grabbed my camera. As I walked up 2nd Ave a bit, I saw a bad ass-looking black car, dice hanging from the rear view, parked near the back entrance to The Stone Pony. It was a 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak Fastback, that I thought looked a bit familiar. I started to take some photos of it just because it looked cool, then realized Danny, Leica hanging off his shoulder, was standing by it talking to someone.

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It was just about 1 p.m. and his signing was supposed to start at 1. When he finished up his chat, I just about mugged him. Asked him if I could take some portraits of him with his car.

“Sure,” he said. “Where do you want me?”

I’m now art directing Danny Clinch.

I start shooting, talking, telling him I’m here to get his book. Some other guy is looking at the car, too, and Danny’s laughing, saying “Hey, get outta the way! You’re in my photo shoot!”

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I certainly didn’t want to make him late, so I move around a little, fire off a few more frames. Thank him, shake his hand again, and say I’ll see him inside.

Thirty-five minutes later, he signs my book, and I grab a fanboy photo with him. I give him one of my JSP cards with an old car on the back.

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Two New Jersey Photographers

Two New Jersey Photographers

In all the excitement, and a pressing line, I forget to ask him if the car outside was the car that was on the digital insert of the Magic tour highlights album, which in turn was on a 2008 Magic tour t-shirt I have.

I’m pretty sure it was, though.

When I came out of The Stone Pony, the car was gone.

I climbed in my truck, book in hand, and made it in time for birthday cake.

As if by magic.

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