JSP Visual Week In Review | 12.06.14

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No Harm. All Foul.

When it takes a political comedian to perfectly express how I felt about the Eric Gardner case, then that says something.

In a week filled with trivial disappointments (Springsteen fronting U2 in Times Square, the live Peter Pan TV show), the horrendous actions by a New York grand jury has soured this great country.

I got nothing this week.

Nothing.

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Recap: Noir At The Bar Asbury Park

So bad, it's almost good

So bad, it’s almost good

An inky black night.

A cold rain spitting down.

A little down-and-out-and-up-and-coming Jersey shore beach town.

A seaside bar that, for 20 years, has seen the likes of The Ramones, Sublime and acoustical wayfarers pass through it’s doors.

Eight writers who’s work often veers to the dark side of town.

A perfect set-up for Noir At The Bar, New Jersey edition.

Here’s a short little photo recap of our Noir At The Bar. A good time was had by all.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

A good time was had by all.

Think we’re gonna do it again real soon.

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Publication Day: Trouble In The Heartland

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On Mondays, I normally post an image I shot over the just-past weekend.

This Monday, though, is different. This Monday is special.

This Monday is Publication Day for me and the authors behind TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND: Crime Fiction Inspired By The Songs of Bruce Springsteen.

I first became aware of this project earlier this year, around January or early February, thanks to Twitter. I first wrote about it here.

I saw someone on Twitter post something about the project. It struck my interest of course, so I reached out to the editor of this anthology, Joe Clifford, to see if I could get into the project. I sent Joe a link to my portfolio, especially my noir images, and his response was enthusiastic.

Little did I know this had been in the works for over a year already, with various starts and stops. I would be last to the party.

Since then, I’ve come to “know” (online at least) many of the writers who contributed to this book. And I’m impressed to hell with how talented this group is. I follow their Twitter feeds, I see their Facebook posts (I content Isaac Kirkman writes some of the most beautiful FB posts I’ve ever read.)

Joe and the team at Zelmer Pulp did a great job of carving out a section (called Pictures On The Edge of Town) for some of my images. And, I’m happy to say the response by many of the writers has been great. I’m honored and proud to be part of this project.

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The book is available as an ebook and paperback. Not sure how or when it will actually hit stores, but you can pick it up, starting today, on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

And, remember, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, whose mission is to ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. All the more reason for me to be proud to be part of this project.

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So, on this Cyber Monday (ick, I hate that word), please consider picking up or downloading a copy of the book. I now know how much blood, sweat, late nights and early mornings go into a project like this, especially many of us are working the day jobs that pays the bills. We’d love to see this be a success, not for any financial gain, but because of all the hard work that went into this project.

Finally, congratulations to Joe, Zelmer Pulp and all my fellow TROUBLEmakers. You all did it! Thanks for letting me jump on the back bumper and come along for the ride.

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

JSP Visual Week In Review | 11.29.14

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The year is quickly coming to a close.

Like a headlong tumble down a hillside, we’re all spinning.

Just got done with the Thanksgiving festivities here in the U.S., under the dark ugliness that is occurring in Ferguson, MO. Already, though, my wife has transformed our house into a Christmas oasis of garland and white beelights.

My middle guy, Chase, is in his holiday glory. He’s been asking me if he could come get our Christmas Tree (next weekend) with me since July. No joke.

I spent part of yesterday afternoon in the garage, straightening up my shelves while listening to Social Distortion. While shopping excess erupted (they had to shut down the Jersey Gardens Mall because of excess people), I had my nice little area of peace, with concrete under my feet.

Still much to do in 2014.

Let’s get after it.

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* RIP Lewis Baltz.

* Eerie location, nice work here from Karen Johnson.

* Watch: BTS Horst P. Horst.

* TIME’S Best Photobooks of 2014

* I had an awesome 45 minute trail run on Thanksgiving morning. Perhaps inspired by the 25 Best Running Movies of All Time.

* David Bowman is as great a storyteller as he is photographer.

* Watch: Shelter

* Watch (and listen. Beautiful music): Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

* “Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is in the instrument.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

PS: Don’t forget, if you’re in the NJ area on Tuesday, December 2, stop out to The Saint in Asbury Park. I’ll be emceeing Noir At The Bar, were a collection of local crime fiction writers will read from their works. We’re also taking up a collection for the local Toys for Tots organization.

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

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