Update: Walking For Water

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Hey all, just a quick update to my post about Walking For Water…

Even though Saturday was mainly a cloudy, cool day, by late afternoon, the sun came out and while still cool, it was a very fun event.

Burgers, hot dogs, all kinds of desserts, fire pits, kids playing (and walking!), the young adults playing some cool tunes…a fun time.

Happy to say, our team, Team Rev (the pastor of Allentown Presbyterian Church recruited us to be on his team, raised $12,000 (and came in first, but it’s a Christian event, so we ain’t gloating or anything).

Overall, the teams raised $50,000 for the village of Malawi.

Not to bad for our little 180 year old church!

If you contributed via my blog post, I’ll be getting the pictures printed this week (hopefully) and get them out to you ASAP!

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Myself, and our team, really appreciates the generosity many of you showed. I know money is tight for a lot of people, and we all continually get hit with Kickstarter-like requests.

To open up your wallets to me, whom many of you have never met, really means something. But it means even more to the people in Malawi.

Thank you!!

 

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BTS Sunday: Gary Chapman in Xian, China

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You’ll be seeing a lot of Gary S. Chapman around these BTS parts.

Late last year, when we traveled to a number of different countries, I chronicled his working process pretty well. Now maybe some of these will see the light of day.

In late November 2016 found ourselves in Xian, China, for a few days. If you use my search bar, you’ll find a few posts about our adventures in that outpost.

At one point – and I can’t remember if we were just scouting here and he saw something, or actually shooting – we were working out way through a pretty basic office building. Some nice light in some parts of it, but otherwise, blah.

As we were moving from one section to another, Gary spied a look he liked. With roller bag next to him, and me trying to stay out of the way, he snapped some corporate portraits.

He had the light, I had the darkness (not sure why the hallway lights were out). I knew I’d get a nifty silhouette out of this.

My trusty Fuji X100T gave me the look I wanted for a BTS.

And here’s what Gary, shooting Sony, was looking at….

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(c) Gary S. Chapman 2016

In the corporate library, we tagged this one #employees, #partnering, #office #china

We did NOT use the #Uggs tag.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.20.17

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We had a bit of a preview of summer this week – three days were in the 90s. And I gotta say…I loved it.

I stood outside with my dogs in the late evening air, a westerly breeze blowing up from the beaches and listened the crickets and bullfrogs that populate the woods across from our house. It was awesome.

Otherwise, it was a celebratory week. Sunday was Mother’s Day, Monday was our 13th wedding anniversary, Tuesday was my parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary, Wednesday was my son Chase’s 7th birthday.

All of this celebrating was tempered abit when I saw the news that Chris Cornell had died (some now say via his own hand) in a hotel room in Detroit. Chris and his band Soundgarden (then AudioSlave) came of age in the early ’90s and his music as well as others (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, others of that grunge ilk) became the soundtrack of my living in Philly at the time, just out of college, scuffling around, working in gyms and working out. I heard songs of that era and I get instantly transported back to such specific times and places.

He was only a few years older than me. Didn’t seem it then, though I never really gave it much thought.

This news, and also, in some ways the crash in Times Square, reminds me that hey, when that ticket gets punched, that’s it. Good night, Irene. For good.

Begs the question, what are we leaving behind? Is it our art? What we give to other people? The impressions we’re making on other people?

Something to consider as we move along.

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This Weeks Links:

Birthdays this week: Richard Avedon, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Walter Iooss Jr, Ezra Stoller, Ottomar Anschutz, Dennis Hopper, Bernie Boston, John Vachon, Michael Grecco, Carl Mydans

What I watched this week: Body Heat  and At Close Range

What I’m reading: The Five Red Herrings

And, a nice piece of flash fiction here by Bill Baber, who, BTW, won my last story starter challenge.

Chris Cornell covers Thunder Road at the Count Bassie Theater in New Jersey

What it’s like to photograph everyone from MLK to Donald Trump

I was wrong about landscape photography

I recently became FB friends with Jon Adams, a photographer from Jenkintown, PA. He’s a photojournalist with a great eye, did some nice noir-ish portraits of a friend of mine. Anyway, he recently posted a PDF of his book “Get A Grip” and has granted me permission to link to it. It’s a nice little book, recommend downloading and reading at your leisure.

“Never take away your subject’s dignity.” ~ Bernie Boston

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Make Prints 2017 – #4

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Putting pixels to papers, April edition.

The stacks of goodness came the other day. In April, I shot some baseball pics, and a good number of portraits.

And some guy named Bruce and his friends having a little jam in Asbury Park.

Also, Mike checked in with a great question the other day. He asked…How do you store and organize all these prints?

Great question!

Well, my organization is really detailed and tedious to explain. But I’ll try…

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Yep, there is it – my super-duper storage and filing system.

Climate-controlled to!

OK, maybe not. And granted, my system leaves a lot to be desired.

A LOT to be desired.

But at least they aren’t scattered all over the place like they were…just a few weeks ago.

I do hope to upgrade it….someday.

But for now…this will have to do.

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As always…MAKE PRINTS!

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