JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09 | 05 | 15

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Man, I hated writing that 09 up there.

September. It’s here.

Hey, I like Fall and all, but Summer has an ethereal quality to me. I usually get into all that on Memorial Day, so I won’t again. But the calendar has turned. The kids started school this week (well, 2 of the three. Preschool starts this week for Matt.) NFL teams are making their final cuts in preparation for the season.

And I have a tough three weeks ahead of me as we get ready to light the fuse on the big work project I’ve been overseeing for almost two years now.

Lots of good memories from Summer ’15, though. Lots of good reading. Lots of good shooting. Lots of good prints. Lots of good memories.

But, time waits for no one. Let’s see where we go from here.

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* OK, it’s September. You backed up all your Summer work, right? Right??

* What I read this week. Wow. Super good Southern Noir.

* What I listened to this week. Kinda liking this band.

* “The Brooklyn of the Jersey Shore.” Please, Vogue. That’s offensive. We’re Jersey.

* The impact of a single image.

* Running on water. Sort of.

* So, Google has a new logo. I don’t dig it.

* Point of No Return.

* Jill Friedman’s documentary photography of NYC in the 1970’s.

* Don’t forget:

Friday Noir: A Real Cool Killer Car

Real Cool Killer Car

I often pass her.

Had no idea what her story or history was.

The overgrowth, the ravages of life just strangling her…

Kinda sounds like the start to some contemporary crime fiction / noir, eh?

Truth is, I often pass this car. Don’t know it’s story or it’s history. I’m not even sure what kind it is (though I think it’s in the mid 1970’s era Gran Torino family)

So…to flesh it out a bit more…to create said history,,,I enlisted some professionals to help me. I put it out there to a bunch of my writer friends:

Here’s your story starter. Give me a story. Flash fiction style, 1,500 words or less.

Three came home. Read ’em below.

Wait! Before you go a-clickin’ and reading…these stories aren’t for all. There’s crime. There’s violence. There’s words you won’t hear in Sunday school (though maybe in the 700 Level of the old Vet Stadium in Philly.) Be forewarned.

But these gents put together stories of this car. Around this car. As this car.

My challenge to you, dear readers, is to read these stories. And by power of the comments section, the story that gets the most votes, that author will get a 16×22 JerseyStyle Photography print of their choice.

Their fate (and their potentially bare walls) is in your hands.

So, give a read, and enjoy some delicious crime fiction as we fling off summer to start this long holiday weekend here in the United States.

Boys…the JSP blog is yours.

* Bill Baber with What’s Right (PDF)

* Chuck Regan with Regret (PDF)

* Ryan Sayles with Brad and Meg and the Big, Bad Fight (PDF 

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There you have it. Three tales. Tell me below with one you like best and that guy gets the goods.

And if your comment is exceptional as to why you like a particular story, you’ll get a print as well.

A real cool deal, no?

(By the way…the title of this post…a riff on this classic…)

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

And They Are Off

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First day of school today.

Well, for two of the three Kraj Kids, Olivia and Chase. The littlest one, Matt, starts 2nd Year Preschool next week.

But Chase starts kindergarten today, and will ride the bus with his third-grade starting sister, Olivia.

Can’t say a few tears weren’t shed.

By their mother, of course, not by me.

Yeah, not by me….

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 08 | 29 | 15

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Man, what a crazy week. Flew past me in a blur, as, it seems, this summer did too.

On Tuesday, my wife and kids headed down to the Jersey Shore to hang with cousins and family. It’s been a tough one. My father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer and will start therapy soon. He’s a man’s-man. Vietnam vet. Welder. All around Mr-Fix-It who has taught me a lot in the 14 years I’ve known him. He’ll blast this, I’m sure, but keep him in your thoughts.

But with them gone, I had some free time (well, aside from dog-sitting my two pups plus Shi Tzu cousin Sansom.) Days spent working, two evenings spent in Asbury Park. Shot some photos I’m very happy with. Even made it on the NY news for my portrait effort.

Now, though, summer is blastin’ outta here. Can’t believe it’s the last Saturday of August already. Where did it go, what did I do? In some ways, it feels like I made progress….in other ways…feels like I backtracked.

Gotta keep pushing.

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This Week’s Links:

* Tonight in Hub City – Noir At The Bar.

* Instagram finally allows non-square photos. And still I can’t figure it out.

* Eye candy this week: One. Two. Three.

* Joe McNally on Vegas.

* Cool video here from Flemming Bo, too.

* I was sad to read my friend Bill’s pup passed this week.

* Another reason NJ rocks.

* Donald Trump. And an eagle.

* “Tramps like us….” ~ Bruce Springsteen.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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