JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01 | 014 | 17

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Somewhere around New Ringgold, PA

Over the course of three days this week, I drove a little over 400 miles. I drove from my adult hometown in NJ to my boyhood hometown in Northeast PA on Tuesday. Then back down some little AP towns  to end up in the moderately-sized city of Lancaster, PA, for a funeral on Wednesday. Then back. And on Thursday, back through some little PA towns to my adult hometown in NJ.

The Wednesday drive was pretty long but pretty darn pretty too. The previous evening, it rained in Northeast PA, and then the temperature dropped. There was a glaze of ice across every blade grass, every tree branch and every street sign. The roads, luckily, weren’t too bad but everything just looked stunning  in the morning sun as we were driving.

I try to stay optimistic but sometimes lapse into cynical. Still, if the beauty we had the chance to see on the way to going to a funeral wasn’t enough to show you a silver lining in the day, I don’t know what would.

We had miles to go and time to keep so I couldn’t be pulling over to shoot landscapes. We’d have never gotten there. The shot above is a snappy taken at a stoplight. I had to scratch the itch.

Driving back to to NJ on Thursday, I stopped in the small town where Charles Bronson’s mother was born and had potato-and-cabbage soup to start, then meatloaf with french fries, brown gravy over it all.

Again, optimistic.

Go find that beauty.

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This Week’s Links:

  • If you haven’t seen President Obama’s Farewell Address, try to catch it. We won’t be hearing an orator like that for a while. And that’s not a political statement, just the truth.

“Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.” ~ President Barrack Obama, January 2017

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

Tear Sheet: Red Hot Magazine Online

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I was pleased to see Red Hot Magazine, out of Red Bank, NJ, ran some of my Polar Bear Plunge photos in their online recap of the event.

Interestingly, this was the direct result of them following me on Instagram.

I’m hoping this will lead to more work with them.

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01 | 07 | 17

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And then on the way to work…

Hey it’s back!

I stopped doing my Visual Week In Review back in December 2015. At the time, I said I wanted to not contribute to the visual noise we all experience every day.

But then, I kinda missed it. And I noticed I was going back to these weekly reviews as type of diary, visual or otherwise. I liked the stuff I was unearthing, some of the photos I was remembering.

Because that’s what my picture taking is – I’m documenting. The things I see, the places I go, my family. Take the shot above, for example. I was driving to work the other morning. Now, right now, my physical office is about 90 minutes away from me. Not far in terms of mileage, but just through a lot of small towns with 35 mph speed limits. And while I get to listen to a lot of sports talk show, and eat sunflower seeds, I detest that drive.

It’s soul-sucking.

Since my boss and team is very flexible (and I often work with teams in Europe), I only have to go to that office once in a while. I work from a closer location, various coffee shops, or my home most of the time now. Have WiFi will travel!

But the light is at the end of the tunnel. I’m probably being moved out that office space for good as the building undergoes building renovations. The company is taking this opportunity to downsize office space, especially due to who actually “badges in” into the building. Since I’m at under 30% of badging in, I’ll be asked to give up my office space. And that’s fine with me. Give it to someone that can use it. I’ll be free to just keep up my current situation.

However, even as much as I detested having to make that 90  minute drive this past Wednesday, I caught the photo above. If I hadn’t gone in, I wouldn’t have seen this nice light, this scene. And if I didn’t have the camera beside me, I wouldn’t have captured it. The photo was taken in my mind first, then with the tool.

And now I can share it with you.

So, in my long-winded way, I’ve just decided to go back to oversharing. Maybe this will be a weekly thing again. Maybe it won’t be and I’ll have to come up with a new name for this.

Maybe I’ll post one big photo, or a collection of visuals from the week.

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So, we’ll see.

But I think this is back.

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  • What I finished reading this week: Woodsong

“We’re photographing for now, not later.”CJ Chilvers   (I found CJ online in 2016 and like his writing and thoughts on things. Give him a read.)

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

 

Friday Noir: Winter Song

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So you made it into another year, eh?

And you’re happy right?

And you’re hoping this one will be better than the last?

Yeah, keep hoping.

It don’t get any better, mister.

It just gets more bitter.

Wind keeps blowing.

Snow keeps piling up.

The grind don’t get any better.

Just keep your head down and try to stay ahead of the buzz saw.

That is this hard life.

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This image is from my archives. Primary photograph is mine, with additional design work done by the incomparable Stefan Prohaczka, whom I’ve worked with on a number of projects. His design work is just incredible.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017