JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.25.21

Usually, with these weekend posts, I try to find an overwhelming theme from the past week.

Something that ties it all together.

Often times, well, many at least, I can find that thread.

But this week, I’m not sure I have one.

In looking back, I can’t really find that one theme, except that things are going pretty smoothly right now.

This weekend marks three months since the major change in my life.

It hasn’t always been easy. Frankly, frequently bumpy at times.

But, after three months, I’m kinda looking at thing fresh.

I’m looking at a lot of aspects of my life and saying “OK, here’s where we are, where do we want to go, and how do we get there?”

It can be as small as finally fixing up my new place to make it “mine” and not just a box with a few rooms. A box I’ve been coming into, closing the door, and just existing.

So, I’m starting to look at decorating, at design, at what will make me happy to look at every day.

My wife did most of the decorating in our house, and she did a great job. But my personal aesthetic – and that’s what I got now – is a little different.

I had some good text exchanges this week with a very creative person and it kinda got my juices flowing.

This place is mine now, so let’s make it mine.

And, personally, physically, I’m shaping that to be better as well.

Better eating, less cocktails, more exercise and fresh air.

It’s harder at 51 than it was at 31 or 21, of course. But not impossible.

Ok, so maybe there IS a theme this week.

Restoring. Revamping. Rebuilding.

 

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Caper and Leaving The Scene. I started Valley of the Dolls (print) and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Twain Papers (ebook)

What I Watched This Week: Only Murders In The Building on Hulu

Joe McNally Blog: September in Washington

Manny Ortiz: What a Normal Person Sees versus What a Photographer Sees

Behind The Shot TV: The Magic of Infrared with Troy Miller

Omar Gonzalez: Helpful Ideas for Finding a Great Portrait Location

The Guardian: How One News Magazine Blew Up British Photography 

Joel Edelman: Blinking in Photos – Stop Blaming Your Subjects!

Daniel Norton on Set: Wrap-around light for portraiture

UN of Photography: I’m a Photographer – the Imposter Syndrome

RIP Colin Jones: Once a ballet dancer, he turned to photography with stunning success. Learn more.

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” ~ Alan Alda

 

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Diamond Notes

Matt delivers…

Chase and Matt are playing Fall baseball. Took a few weeks off after the summer season, but they are back at it.

Both are playing on two different teams: Matt is on a 8-9 year old Rec team, where he’s the best player in the league (that’s not Dad Pride talking, he just is. I should have moved him up to the 10-11 league). He’s a good teammate and the younger boys look up to him. He’s also playing on a “Rising 10 Year Old” team – boys that will be 10 in the Spring. Again, one of the best on that team. Baseball..it’s his thing.

Chase In The Windup

Chase also is playing on two teams, but both are more appropriate for his 11 year old age and experience. Last Spring’s hero on the mound, he’s continuing to do well on the bump.

Interestingly, while their coaches both call on them to pitch – sometimes to start, sometime to help their team get out of a hole (and they usually come in throwing strikes and DO get the team out of that tough inning), they really rather be in the field.

Chase loves to play shortstop or first base. And, frankly, he’s really proficient at post positions. He’s a vacuum cleaner at short, scooping up balls left and right, and, at first, catch foul pops and tough, in-the-dirt throws from his fielders.

Sometimes you even have to hold your brother on…

And Matt…well, Mat’s a catcher through and through. His happy place continues to be behind the plate. Ad he’s damn good back there.

Last weekend, Matt, after playing a double header on Saturday, played a game on his team on Sunday (the team I manage) and then was asked to play for the the visiting team in the NEXT game…the team Chase’s 11U team was facing. In the last inning, it came down to Chase on the mound and Matt at bat. How I missed getting a wide angle shot of that, I don’t know.

It was a pretty good battle, brother-against-brother. Matt ripped a foul ball, then took a couple of pitches. Finally, Chase threw him a pitch off the plate, Matt reached out for it, and grounded out weakly to second. Probably the best outcome – if a hit or a strike-out would have occurred, bragging rights would have been in full effect.

Of course, Dad blew the focus on the swing.

Ah well. Fall may be football season, but we’re a baseball bunch.

Back at this this weekend!

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Bruce Springsteen Turns 72

Bruce at The Upstage Jam 2017

I can’t let Bruce Springsteen’s 72nd birthday go by today without a post.

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that my freelance photography pursuits have put me in close proximity with Bruce  on a number of occasions.

Not tack sharp, but one of my favorite photos I’ve taken of Bruce.

He’s not the greatest singer, he’s not the greatest guitar player, but he IS one of our greatest storytellers.

 

On the red carpet in Asbury Park, 2019

He crafts iconic characters in a few short lines, and he opens up your imagine to fill in their backstory. Aside from his Broadway show – in which he acknowledges that, before Broadway, he’s never worked a regular job in his life – his career been a blueprint for how to lead others while staying true to your course.

And to dream.

On stage with the Asbury Juke, July 2019

Will I get Bruce in front of my lens again? God willing, yes, but who knows. Nothing is ever guaranteed.

Today, I’ll spin Born To Run and Western Stars and enjoy the fruits he’s given us.

Happy birthday, Bruce!

 

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.18.21

Not going to lie.

I’m having a huuuuge FOMO weekend.

FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out

You see, it’s the big Sea Hear Now music festival in Asbury Park.

Billy Idol. The Avett Brothers. Patti Smith. Smashing Pumpkins.

Pear Jam.

You may remember, I shot it in 2019, after missing it in 2018. There was no SHN in 2020, of course.

I reallly wanted to get back in the game and shoot it this year. Even though I’m still pretty wary of big crowds.

I mean…Pearl Jam.

But, things didn’t work out for me. I wasn’t able to get a photo pass so that shot down my chances. (To be honest, I didn’t formally submit for one. But for a festival like this, you pretty much have to shooting for a publication and the publication I thought I’d be shooting for, well…it never came through for me.)

And, as it turns out, I have my kids this weekend. Between last evening, Friday, and Sunday afternoon, my boys have five baseball games.

So, there’s that.

But still…FOMO.

Aside from all that, I had a great week. I made some changes, personally, and within a few days, they’ve been paying off. Nothing I really need to get in to here, but just remember to be good to yourselves.

You’re all you got, in the end.

Summer ends here soon. Let’s push forward.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: Creepshow on AMC. Reminds me a lot of the old HBO show from the ’80s. And that’s a good thing.

What I’m Reading This Week: Leaving The Scene by Dana King. Though they are set in a fictional Pittsburgh-area town, every time I read one of Dana’s Penn’s River books, I’m SO reminded of the Wyoming Valley where I grew up. I KNOW these characters and area descriptions.

What I Listened To This Week: Three episodes – David Byrne, Ira Glass and Ethan Hawke – of Debbie Millman’s Design Matters podcast. Highly recommend this podcast. I listen on Spotify. I found it by reading a Fast Company article, The 9 Best Podcasts to Make You More Creative.

Fast Company: The world’s most creative people have one thing in common

Japan’s Nobel Prize of Art: Goes to Sebastião Salgado

Read: An interview with photojournalist Alan Chin

Watch: Daniel Norton on unexpected inspiration

Watch/Listen: The Curious Society’s interview with David Burnett

Washington Post: Bathed in the color of light, the theatricality of New York’s subways

Jerry Saltz: 7 Artist Tips That Will Change Your Work Forever

Favorite Photo Of The Week: Via Scott Strazzante (again)

Hey, I don’t say it enough, but thanks for stopping by my little niche of the internet. The comments, likes, views, they all help keep me going. I’d probably do it without all this – this little electronic journal is over 10 years old now – but it’s nice to see the support!

Be kind.

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