JSP Visual Week in Review ~ 07.24.21

With everything going on in my life as of late, I guess I should expect weeks like this.

Weeks that are, well, pretty low.

Last weekend, I shot a music festival in Annapolis, Maryland. Had a good time, met a lot of good people.

But, frankly, I wasn’t happy with a lot of my work. And that sucks because I was paid to be there.

I’m not saying client won’t like them. I’ve finished and delivered the files to them so the book is basically closed.

But I’m not happy with them.

And those editing sessions dropped me down a bit. Then, it was just a bit of a slippery slope from there.

I came home from the  festival with a pretty-close-to-if-not sinus infection -the first time I’ve been sick since mid-winter 2019.

I didn’t do any fitness this week. My sleep was off. Hardly hungry. Really didn’t shoot anything.

On a scale of 1 to 10, all things considered, this was about a 3.5/4.

But, the thing about having a bad day or a bad week is there’s a new one ready to get started to help you turn things around.

One good thing this week is I sent out a print to a friend in Alaska….and it made her very happy.

Maybe that alone moves the needle to 4.5 for the week.


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: The Wench Is Dead

What I Watched This Week: Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

NY Times: Stumbling Upon Greatness: Discovering Sergio Larrain

American Scholar: Fedora, Trenchcoat, Cigarette and a Gun: Bogey

Seen In a Bookstore: Really wanted this book. But it was $350

FStoppers: How To Make The Best of a Bad Location

Favorite Photo of the Weekvia photojournalist Paul W. Gillespie

Talent: Chase Jarvis on shooting high-level talent (like Serena Williams and Roger Federer)

Halcyon Gallery: 60 Years of Creating with Bob Dylan

Watch: How Shooting with your Phone will make you a Better Photographer

Watch: Dan Milnor ~ Notes on Photography

Color Theory: Making your photography more cinematic via Eren Sarigul

“Good photography, or any other manifestation in man, comes from a state of grace. Grace comes when you are delivered from conventions, obligations, conveniences, competition, and you are free, like a child in his first discovery of reality. You walk around in surprise, seeing reality as if for the first time.” ~ Sergio Larrain

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 07.17.21

Yeah, well, my intention to start posting again on Saturdays went by the wayside pretty quickly.

But, I had a good reason…sort of.

Mid-week, I got a call out of the blue to see if I could head to Annapolis, Maryland, to shoot a two-day music festival this weekend.

A few emails, texts, phone calls later….and me and Beuford the 4Runner were on our way to Annapolis.

It was a fun weekend.

Or, I should say, a long, HOT, fun weekend.

But, I was pushing pixels with cool musicians in my lens, and enjoying the scene.

It was a long, hot week here in NJ, too. Matty closed out his baseball season.

I got a few runs in, a ride.

My buddy Bojangles Hawthorne came to visit me in my new place. I miss see that galoot every day.

Still getting settled.

The world keeps spinning.

More to come…


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Still working on The Bloody Moonlight.

What I Watched This Week: Jesse Stone, Lost In Paradise

New Yorker:  A Woman’s Intimate Recording of Wyoming in the early 20th Century

Favorite Photo of the Week: Via Joe McNally

That’s all I got this week. Still have a lot of editing to do from the weekend.

Stay safe. Delta, Lambda variants are coming. Keep masking up, even if vaxxed, please.

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Tear Sheet: Bob Geiger’s It’s Your Turn Album Cover

It’s always great to see someone’s passion project come to fruition.
And it’s even more special when you get to be a part of that person’s passion project.
Back in the wintertime, I got an call from my photographer friend, Diane Dimmemo. Diane and I have shot a number of shows together, including Sea Hear Now, back in 2019. She’s now the editor of Asbury Park Vibes, which covers the AP music scene.
Diane called me to ask for some assistance. She had got connected to a Pennsylvania-based musician, Bob Geiger, to do some marketing shots for his new album that he was working on. This would include possible cover art as well.
Bob used to play the AP circuit back in the ’80s.  So, as he prepared this album, he wanted to do the photography in his old stomping grounds, Asbury Park.
I thought this sounded great and was thrilled Dianne asked me to be part of this project with her. Our first steps were to have a couple of Zoom calls with Bob, to get an idea of his creative process, his thoughts for the photography and for his cover ideas.
After having that all in place, we made plans to meet up for the shoot.
So, this past February, on a cold, snowy, slushy, gray Friday afternoon, Diane and I got to spend an afternoon at Ghost Harbor Creative, a stellar creative space owned by Caroline Davidson, doing some portraits of Bob. Though he’s settled into a good life, music has never been far from his soul. And it showed.
This past year, he decided to put together a new album, an intensely personal one that speaks to the highs and lows of his life, including surviving a horrific car accident many years ago. It’s an album that he dedicates to his wife, Tammy and his two sons, Brandon and Brian. A song like It’s Your Turn is his musical offering to his boys, one that is a lyrical passing of the torch, so to speak.
We all get one turn – no second chances, no do-overs, Bob writes in the linear notes of this album. He recorded this album in the midst of a global pandemic. During a horrific time in our global history, Bob found a way to shine a light, and create.
My shot of Bob crossing Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, from The Wonder Bar to Convention Hall, wasn’t on our shot sheet. But as the snow was starting to fall that late February afternoon, and The Wonder Bar was lit up, I saw it in my head as something that could look cool.  I asked him to walk to the camera. And again. And again.
It was the reflection in the puddle that I liked. And I think Bob liked it too.  I’m thrilled he liked it enough to make it the cover of this special album, his passion project for his sons.
It’s Your Turn is really good. Head over to Bob’s website to hear more from him, or click the link in my bio to go to his website to hear more. All proceeds from this album go to The Joshua Group of Harrisburg, PA, a non-profit that helps at-risk children.
Here’s a few more from our shoot with Bob:
Here’s an unedited, BTS shot. For all the images at Ghost Harbor, I was shooting with my Fuji XT3 and the 16-55 lens. The background is the Savage Universal Thunder Gray paper that I like so much. A Neewer Vision 4 monolight with a Neewer 47″ octogonal softbox and/or Neewer 8×36 strip light.
For the cover shot…I saw the scene developing in my head as I was walking to meet up with Bob and Diane and got super lucky that I could push the pixels enough in the fading Asbury Park light. Sometimes it’s the unplanned shot that becomes the golden one.

Here’s a quick-and-dirty video I put together for an Instagram post I did to help promote Bob’s album. The more eyes and ears I can help him get on this, to help The Joshua Group, the better.

This was a fun shoot with a very talented musician. Very happy to be part of this very personal project for Bob. Please give his album a listen.


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Tear Sheet: Springsteen Exhibit on Backstreets.com


Anticipaaaaation…it’s making me wait.

Who remembers that ketchup commercial from the ’70s?

Kinda felt like that about this new tearsheet.

A few weeks ago, Chris, the editor over at Backstreets.com, pinged me, saying they were finally going to run a review of the Springsteen: His Hometown exhibit.

You remember that, right? That big project I worked on back in 2019…before the world flipped and spun?

Chris emailed and asked for some of the photos I shot for that project, that were used for media outlets, like the Wall Street Journal.

Backstreets was finally going to run a review of the exhibit, written by Caryn Rose.

Then…it sat in the hopper a couple of weeks. Remembering Clarence Clemmons…Springsteen back on Broadway…these were all pieces Backstreets had to run first.

One evening, I pinged Chris about the status of it. Turns out the exhibit is only running until July 31, so he felt now was the time to post the piece!

And he did .

Up now on Backstreets.com, a review of Springsteen: His Hometown, complete with my photos (which you’ve probably seen here first!)

Check it out anyway!

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