JSP Visual Week In Review 07 | 04 | 15

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The Visual Week In Review is back after missing last week.

I missed last week not because of lack of visual keys, but because I was shooting the TriRock Triathlon in Philadelphia. Got down there on Friday evening, shot on Saturday and Sunday. Both days started before the break of dawn, so I just didn’t have time to pull one together last week.

But, I’m back this week, and what week THIS will be: I’m in vacation from the 9-to-5 job! Woohoo!

Actually, today started early, too. I took 3/5th of my family to the Philadelphia International Airport as my wife and two of my kids are headed to visit their cousins in Edmonton, Canada. Me and Matt will stay back and have our own vacation fun.

On the way back to NJ from the airport, I swing into Olde City Philadelphia. I wanted to see Independence Hall on the 4th of July – no better place to be. They were setting up for the big parade and event that will happen later today. Still, it was great to be in the cradle of liberty on this fine day.

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Matt and I are looking forward to a great week together. Happy Independence Day, America!


This week’s links:

* What I’m reading this week.

* What I read last week.

* RIP Charles Harbutt

* He’s going to get smoked.

* Russel Simmons on why it’s important to do what you love.

* Myths of the American Revolution

* Massimo.

* Jim Morrison died 44 years ago yesterday. Here he is in Asbury Park.

* “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Getting Clipped At Joe’s Barbershop

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The barbershop has always been a special place.

It’s often the place where a new milestone – Junior got his first haircut today! – is achieved.

It’s a place where men gather to talk business, sports, power equipment. But not women.

I’ve been in a few barbershops in my life, and I have some great barbers.

Paulie George was one of my earliest cutters. He had a shop near the edge of the town I grew up in, not far from the railroad tracks that crossed over into the next. I kinda remember him being rough.

There was another guy who had a small shop in Luzerne, PA. I remember my dad taking me there all the time, in the chill of a fall evening and the humid, warm summer nights. The door would jingle and young me would the smell of the neck powder coming of the barber’s (Tony?) brush and small machine oil used for his clippers. I’d sit and read car magazines. Wish I could go back and take photos of THAT place. Bet it was classic.

In high school, I wore a classic flat-top haircut, and always had to go see Mike a few towns over for that cut. He did it best.

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In college, there was Two-Spin Pete. Didn’t charge much, and only spun the chair twice. You got what you got.

I’ve sat in a few other chairs over the year. Lately, though, me and the boys go to Joe’s Barbershop here in Allentown. Joe’s is owned by Hector and Nicole, two business partners that have been working together for a long time.

It’s a nice small-town joint, as are all the little shops here in Allentown. Joe’s sits just off of Main Street, and they just moved into a bigger shop three doors down from their old one.

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About two years ago, a rival shop tried to open across the street. They lasted about six months.It was ridiculous to try to challenge Joe’s. Hector, Nicole and the rest of the staff are great. They all get the job done quickly and efficiently. There’s usually a TV on showing music videos, but usually what you hear are the buzz of clippers, the snip of scissors and the vroooom of blow dryers cleaning of necks.

If you clicked the Joe’s link above, you can see they are building a new website. A website needs visuals. So, a few months ago, I pitched Hector an idea: I’d shoot new images for the site in trade for some haircuts for my boys. I showed Joe and Nicole my portfolio and they liked what they saw. We shook hands and had a deal.

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A few weeks ago, on a Sunday, I arrived at the shop just after they opened. I wanted to spend a couple of hours there, but stay out of the way, blend into the background. I didn’t want to be in the way of the barbers, and, honestly, I wasn’t sure how the patrons would react. It’s not every day you go to your local ‘shop and some guy is patrolling around with camera.

But it was all cool. While I did shoot some color (3 images, maybe?), I again saw this story unfolding in simple, sharp black & white. Again, like a classic LIFE magazine spread.Entire-to-detail.

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Of course, when my boys showed up for their haircuts, I had to include them as well (and didn’t need a release form!)

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The shoot went really well. Hector and Nicole like the images, especially the one that opens this post. I still need to go back and do some portraits of the staff, but I think I gave them enough to get started on that website.

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Of course, like at any good barbershop, everyone got a lollypop.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Getting Deco’ed In Philly

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My Father’s Day Weekend got extended this week as I had to take the family down to Philadelphia on Monday.

My wife and two of my three kids are headed to Canada on the 4th of July. Apparently, the passport cards the kids have are good for driving and/or ferrying into Canada, but not my flying. They need actual passports.

So, bright and early on a gorgeous Monday morning, we headed down to the U.S. Custom House in the City of Brotherly Love. Situated in Olde City, the massive building takes up an entire block. Inside it’s finished in Art Deco style, one of my favorite design styles.

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We knew this was going to be a long morning, and it kind of was. We waited in lines and sat around for about three-and-a-half hours. Still, the kids did very well, and were pretty behaved (the Kindles we took along helped out a lot.)

Myself, I was enthralled by the design of the building and all the cool features. I have my little Canon S110 in my pocket and snapped a few photos. I’m not architectural photographers, but I like how these came out.

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I’ll be back in Philly this weekend to shoot the TriRock Triathlon, so I’ll be getting a double dose of my favorite city in the United States.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my Dad.

My pop, Vince Krajnak, has had a tough last few months. He’s doing well, getting stronger every day though. I’m looking forward to visiting, hopefully, in a few weeks.

He’s taught me a lot in my life, and continues to teach me. I’m certainly not a perfect father, much less a perfect person, but I often think WWVD – What Would Vince Do?

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And thanks to my kids for, well, making me a father. I try to do the best I can for them and with them. Like I said, not always perfect, but I’m trying to get there for them. I couldn’t ask for better kids.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015


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