JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 02.22.20

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Been a busy week/weekend! More cool stuff next week!

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it. ~ Duane Michals, who had a birthday on February 18.

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Inspiration From 35 Years Ago

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It’s odd what sticks in my head. Or what serves as inspiration, even 35 years later.

Getting off the train in New Brunswick, NJ, at dusk the other week, I turned around and saw this scene. Pulled my Fuji X100T out of my pocket and had to take a quick snap.

The light, the colors, the wet deck, the early evening blue of the sky. It all spoke to me in the two seconds it took me turn around and take it in, quickly.

But why?

Actually, I think I know why. It so reminded me of another shot I’ve seen a lot, in my head at least. This one.


I knew the edges but couldn’t remember the particulars. I knew who shot it though – my buddy Joe McNally.

Not sure where he was in world this time  (Tokyo, it turned out), I pinged him and asked him to remind me. Within a few minutes, he got back to me.

“Georgia Tech guard Bruce Darymple in Harlem, for a story I shot for Sports Illustrated in November 1985.”

Then, in another text: “Kodachrome – 20mm, one Larsen softbox, Norman 200B to camera left, full green on light, 30 points of magenta Kodak wratten CC filter on lens.”

(How he remembers all this off the cuff, I have no idea.)

Of course! I was a HUGE college basketball fan – a huge basketball fan in general – back in the mid-1980s. I was in high school, playing point guard and my life was basketball. Played it, watched it, read about it. I would devour any Sports Illustrated (or SPORT magazine) article on basketball back then. Heck, I created my own book covers in high school from SI covers.

I certainly remember seeing that photo from that issue, a cover story that had Bruce and Mark Price at the main subjects: One a city kid, one a country kid. I probably read it a thousand times as I always wanted to shoot like Price. The image was stuck in my head from way back.

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Joe’s photo of Bruce ran as a double-truck in the issue, text at the top and bottom.


Joe shared this on Facebook and added: It was a one-light homage to Greg Heisler, and all that he taugh us about color and flash….it was getting late and this was the only train I had a crack at…Train came in, opened doors, shot a couple of frames, we were done. Kodachrome 64 slide film.

At the time,  of course, I never expected to actually MEET the guy who shot it (But I’m no longer surprised when I mention a photo I’ve loved to Joe ,and it turns out he shot it. Remind me to tell you a Bo Jackson story some time.)

But every time, I get off a train and see this type of scene, I remember’s Joe’s shot..which was an homage to Greg Heisler. After all this time, looking so many pictures from then until now,  my mind still clicked to this one from 35 years ago when I clicked the shutter to take my photo.

That said, my New Brunswick shot has my film noir sensibilities going for it, and I wish I could recreate it with a femme fatale and a mug in a fedora.

I’ll file it away. Maybe some day it’ll happen.

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Event: The Blue Jacket Fashion Show 2020

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Young Paris getting ready for the Blue Jacket Fashion Show

Anytime I photograph something new/different/interesting, it’s fun.

A couple of weeks ago, I shot a fashion show in New York City.

Now, I had done this before: Last year was the was the first time I photographed the Blue Jacket Fashion Show which brings together athletes, entertainers and celebrities to help raise awareness about prostate cancer (February is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)

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My company is a main sponsor of the BJFS, since we had a strong focus in beating cancer. Last year, I was really like a fish out of water. This year, with another year under my belt, I was able to navigate the backstage a bit better, get a good spot on the risers during the actual catwalk, and know what too look for and who to shoot much better.

Here’s a few highlights

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Bill Nye “The Science Guy”

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David Byrne of The Talking Heads and Utopia, America


Dr. Oz


Ritchie  The Mountain” Lamontagne

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Young Paris

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Backstage: Alex Lundqvist and Jesse Palmer

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Backstage: Designer Frederick Anderson and Chicago Bears football player Buster Skrine

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Dr. Oz takes a seat with Andre Leon Talley, former editor of Vogue and emcee for the evening


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Group photo: Front, kneeling: Stylist TyRon Mayes, Ritchie The Mountain, Actor Dominic Fumusa Center: Simon Doonan Back, standing: Nigel Barker, Carson Kressley, Dr. Oz, Yusuf Myers, Buster Skrine, Elvis Duran, David Byrne

Overall, it was a fun night. I was able to turn the photos around quickly to the company team that needed them, and they got some nice flight on social media. Always fun to step out of the norm, a bit.

Odds and Ends


While in New York, I wanted to get two rolls of film developed at the place my friend, Bryan, uses. Alas, no love. They could only do the TX, not the EB. They referred me to another place in Manhattan, but I never got the chance to get over there.

I did, however, see an original Danny Clinch hanging in the print shop. Almost looked like a painting.


And, I did Donate A Photo to help raise money for prostate cancer research! It’s a cool app, check it out.

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Cleaning up all sharp like! But time to get back into the photo pit.

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David Byrne

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 02.15.20

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Woke up to 15 degrees this Saturday morning here in my corner of New Jersey. In the mid-to-late innings, winter seems to have arrived, at least via air. Still no snow this winter for us. I ain’t complaining.

This week was about seeing for me. Didn’t have any shoots on tap, so I was really just trying to improve the vision.

Looking for the photo, the light, the shadow.

I also started to pull together images to print for a Krajnak Family 2019 Yearbook of sorts. Not using Blurb or AdoramaPix (now re-branded Printique) to do the book. No, a local crafts store, A.C. Moore, is having a going-out-of-business sales and picked up a 200 image photobook with sleeves for under $10. So, going to fill it with family images from 2019.

Not just the vacation shots. In fact, just a few vacation shots – already make prints of them.

No, these will be photos I (or my wife) snapped a long the way – the ones we want to have the family memories of. The birthday parties, the visits to the grandparents, the sporting events, the braces coming off, the new skateboard.

All that stuff that memories are made of, the book I want one of them to find in 40 years so that they can flip through it and say “Heh, remember that?”

Like I do with my mom’s photobooks from the ’70s and ’80s.

Smartphones will go away, hard drives will crash.

Prints will continue to live.


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Where The Crawdads Sing. Really, really good. I also finished In A Field A Blue. Overly long, muddled, not so good.

What I Watched This Week: The Outsiders

The Guardian: The Other Side of Dorothea Lange

UN of Photography: The Altar of Back-Lit Photography

See: Valentine’s Noir

NY Times Lens Blog: Athletes in the Field and in the Moment

Looking Back: Six years ago this week, I was hanging with Magnum photographer/photojournalist Bruno Barbeyin South Africa. He celebrated a birthday this week.

Grub Street: How to stock an alcohol-free bar

RIP: South African photographer Santu Mofokeng

RIP Boys of Summer author Roger Kahn

Watch/Listen: Talking Photography with photojournalist Diana Walker

Photofocus: A Day In The Life of a Professional Photographer

Photofocus: Farming Beauty with Lindsey Adler

“Anticipate, always anticipate.” ~ Bruno Barbey

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