Remembering 9/11


9/11 Memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey, 2007

Never Forget.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.14.19

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Even the most casual fan of photography knows the name Robert Frank.

He was, arguably, the greatest living photographer until his passing this week.

Numerous articles and retrospectives were written and posted about him this week, and rightly so. Check out some of the links below, especially the New Yorker piece.

Two others passed this week as well.

One was Charles Cole, a photojournalist living in Southeast Asian. While Jeff Widner is largely credited with the “Tank Man” photo, Charlie also was on the ground covering the protests in China. His photos would earn him 1990 World Press Photo honors. He didn’t hesitate to stick his neck – and camera – in any such spots.

Another photographer, Gianfranco Gorgoni, also passed this week to a lesser hearlding for whatever reason. I only found out about it because David Burnett posted it to his Facebook page.

So I did a deep dive into GG’s work this week as well. Really cool work.

Like anything one is passionate about in life, the learnings continue. These gents devoted their life to making images, telling stories.

Hopefully they left this world fulfilled.

You can’t take it with you.


What I Watched This Week: Tales From The Darkside (1990)

What I Read This Week: I finished The Ox-Bow Incident and Night of the Jabberwock

New Yorker: The Shock of Robert Frank’s The Americans

NY Times: No One Saw As Clearly as Robert Frank

American Suburb X: Photography Is Easy, Photography is Difficult

Artsy: Is Creativity in your DNA?

San Diego Tribune:Almost Famous’ photographer is famous enough.

WGN Radio Pocast: Good listen here.

“Forget the camera, forget the lens, forget all of that. With any four-dollar camera you can capture the best picture.” ~ Albert Kodra

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Event: 2019 Photowalk Allentown, NJ (Not PA!)


We’re doing it again!

For the third year, I’ll be leading a photowalk in Allentown, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 5, as part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk.


We had a great time last year. Allentown, though small, is very picturesque and historic, so there’s always something fun to find and shoot.

From landscapes to portraits to detail, we have it all.


Like last year, we’ll gather and end at the historic Old Mill at 42 South Main Street. It’s a great central location from which to start the exploration and then end.

Interested in joining us? Just head over to the sign up page.

All are welcome – from DSLR shooters to range finders to smartphones and drones.

And if you can’t make it, follow #allentownnjPW19 on social media to see what we’re up to!

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Dispatches: Beach / Music


“Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach…”

~ Don Henley, Boys of Summer

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. So on Sunday, after church services, me and the boys decided to head to Little Eden to get ourselves out of the house.

It was about 80 degrees, light breeze. Now that it’s after Labor Day, it’s what’s called Locals Summer at the Jersey Shore.

This means plenty of enjoyable days at the beach without the crowds that appear between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

We live about 35 minutes from the beach. Perhaps just out of range to be considered a “local” but still close enough to jump down there for a nice afternoon.

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In addition to getting out of the house for a bit, I wanted to see if I could catch any surfers taking advantage of some bigger than normal waves due to Hurricane Dorian.


But, no luck there. They were probably out in the morning, not mid-afternoon. But, despite no surfers, I still got some fun wave photos with the boys. I packed my 75-200 mm for just this occasion.




Missed the focus here. Blew a fun action shot.

Around 3:45, I got the boys off the beach and dried off (for the most part), and we walked a couple blocks over to Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery on Kingsley Ave, where my buddy, Doug Zambon was going to do short acoustic set.


It’s been a few years now since I hustled Doug into being part of my Musicians & The Mosaic project.

His band, The Vansaders, had just put out their No Matter What album, so I picked up the CD from him after the shoot.

It’s been in heavy rotation in my truck, so much so that my kids are fans of the record too, and actually sing along to it.

Doug’s set sounded great. He did some Vansaders songs, but also a couple of covers by Tony Sly and Jawbreaker. If he had done an acoustic version of his song “Sunrise“, Chase and Matt probably would have sang the “Say bye bye bye to Bond Street/Cause they won’t let me in” line right along with him. That’s their favorite, even though they don’t know what Bond Street is. (It’s a bar in Asbury Park.)

That’s their blonde heads up front, lower right.



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After Doug’s set, we were back on the beach where the boys hit the waves and shot some dolphins passing by.


We ended up at the Silverball Museum and Arcade for some pizza and fries on the boardwalk before heading back up I-195 and home.

A good start to Local’s Summer, and a much needed day at the beach to clear the head.


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