JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 03.06.21

Feels like we’re starting to see our way out of this.

This looooong, cold New Jersey Winter (kinda nice to actually have one for once)

And this pandemic.

Still cold here in the Great State of New Jersey this week, but a few 60 degree days are on the way for the upcoming week.

That should melt all the snow that is still piled up in the corners of our streets, pushed there by the plows. And also melt the ice on my pool cover.

And, with the J&J vaccine that got approval in the US late last week, and Canada this week, that puts three on the market, and hopefully into some arms as soon as possible. Think we’re starting to see around the corner a little.

Maybe this Springtime holds some goodness

And a creative rejuvenation.

What are you planning on?

What are you working on?

 

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished To Live and Die in LA (SO much different than the movie) and Leave The World Behind. Started Blaze by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)

What I Watched This Week: Fame (1980)

Watch: Bansky, Create Escape

Buzzfeed: The 10 photographs that shaped Sarah Meister’s (MOMA curator) career

Criterion: On set with Mary Ellen Mark

Santa Fe New Mexican: The Color work of Ida Wyman

Kenneth Jarecke: On Becoming Useless

Austin Kleon: Treasure In The Trash

RIP: Naomi Rosenblum, photography historian

RIP: Benedict Fernandez, photojournalist

From the Archives: March 6, 2011, an interview with Jerod Foster

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” ~ Ernst Haas (March 2, 1921 – September 12, 1986)

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 02.27.21

After a really hectic last weekend, this was a low-shooting week for me.

But even though I wasn’t shooting much, I was still trying to get better at the craft.

The two podcasts linked below gave me some great insight.

The film I watched was OK from story perspective, but the use of color and cinematography was beautiful.

The Dan Milnor read gave me something to think about.

Even when not shooting that much, it’s good to keep your eyes and ears open.

Inspiration, advice, education is all around us.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: This wonderful article about a song-writing duo from Philadelphia.

What I Watched This Week: I’m Your Woman

What I Made This Week: Farro and Salmon

Magnum: Promises To Do Better.

PetaPixel: The magic of fireflies in Japan (this now a bucket list item for me.)

Forbes: The COVID Passport will change travel [ed: and travel photography] as we know it.

Dan Milnor: Good, Better, Best

Photo Banter Podcast: Interview with Mark Peterson and what it was like covering the January 6 insurrection by urban terrorists.

Behind The Shot Podcast (via YouTube): Portrait photography with Peter Hurley

Listen: John Bulmer (who’s celebrating a birthday today) on UN of Photography talking about what photography means to him.

RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti

RIP: Raymond Cauchetier, documentary photographer

From the JSP Archive: February 20, 2009

“The way I work, two or three days a week is enough. When I photograph, I give it everything I’ve got. I get excited and wrought-up. And I get pooped. Like I say, a couple of days a week – good solid days I mean – is usually all that I’m good for.” ~ Lou Bernstein (February 28, 1911 – August 2, 2005)

 

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The Last Show In Dumont

Camille Conte doing her podcast from her childhood bedroom

A few weeks ago, I was listening to Camille Conte’s wonderful podcast, The Camille Conte Show, and she mentioned how, as she was packing up the house she grew up in, she had moved her podcast equipment up into her childhood bedroom “where all my dreams started.”

She wanted to do her last few New Jersey shows from that special place in Dumont, New Jersey.

That was very poignant to me. So many of us had our dreams start while in our childhood bedrooms.

The dream to be a sports hero, an actor/actress, a scientist, a writer, a radio host, a rock ‘n roll star.

Or even just a mom or dad.

I remember sitting in my smallish bedroom with the vintage map wallpaper with sailing pirate-looking ships on it in Northeast Pennsylvania dreaming about playing for the Philadelphia Phillies (one day) or a detective whose investigational abilities would be on par with Sherlock Holmes (the next).

I can’t say I dreamed of doing corporate communications for 20 years or being a photographer, but hey, you go where life takes you.

Anyway, what she said spoke to me and I wanted to capture that for Camille.

Camille now lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and has her radio show there. She had been back in New Jersey for a few years, caring for her mom. Sadly, Mrs. Conte passed away last year, making a horrible 2020 even worse for Cam.

So, Cam’s been packing up the house, getting ready to move on. The other week, when she said on her podcast it was time to go back to Alaska, I felt I couldn’t let her leave without doing some photos of her in that room where all her dreams started.

Dumont is small bedroom community in North Jersey,  a not far from New York. As a teen, Camille would look out those small windows behind her, dreaming of getting out, as may of us do.

Hearing her talk about those dreams, and knowing she’ll be leaving this part of her life, maybe never to really return in the way she had been there before.

Camille and I have known each other since 2014 thanks to our Springsteen connections. She even had me on on as a guest of her show way back then. As I’ve been listening to her show out on my hikes, and heard her reminisce, I just knew I wanted to do some portrait of her.

So, I reached out and asked if I come up to her house before she was fully packed up and do some photos. She was all for it.

So Sunday, I drove up to her house and I spent a few hours with Camille doing these photos, talking about our hometowns, growing up, moving out, Springsteen, her mom…a whole gamut of conversation.

And we also took some time to do a couple of shots at the beloved trees of Dumont that she communed with regularly.

Cam’s a special person, continuing looking for the ways to be a better human being, be it through music or meditation.  I’m very honored that she let me photograph her as she’d closing one chapter of her life and opening a new one.

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Gear: Strip Teasin’

A while ago – not sure when – Joe McNally recommended I get a strip softbox for my strobe.

Always one to listen to my mentor, I purchased the Neewer Strip Softbox  with Honeycomb grid last April.

And it sat in my closet. And sat. And sat.

But I finally got the chance to use it not once but twice this past weekend.

And I LOVE the light and the look it gives me.

Here it is step up for a portrait session at Ghost Harbor Creative in Asbury Park.

The “tease” part of this blog post is that I can’t show the photos yet, until both the clients I shot for gives the OK.

But needless to say, this $50 strip box, to go with my Neewer Vision 4 Strobe, will definitely be part of my lighting rotation from here on out.

More to come…when I can!

 

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