JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 02.17.18

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Another week, and another school shooting.

Another damn dark week in America.

There was a report out there that Parkland was the 18th school shooting since the beginning of 2018, and while that number turned out to be very inflated, the point must still be taken: This type of violence has to stop.

It just has to.

I should not have to feel the tug-of-war of emotions like I did the day after the Parkland shooting, putting my kids on the school bus: The love I feel for them pierced with the anxiety that illustrates that hey, they may not come home later.

Yes, I’m fully aware this is a selfish feeling. I want something to stop so that I don’t feel a certain way. But so what?

My buddy, Greg Fallis, who I often turn to for insightful writing says:

We’ve reached a point in this nation where we treat mass shootings as a sort of localized natural disaster or an industrial accident. A tornado in Oklahoma kills five, an explosion in a chemical warehouse in Texas kills eight, an earthquake in Alaska kills three, a mass shooting at a McDonald’s in Tennessee kills nine, a flash flood in Arizona kills six, a train derailment in Montana kills eleven, a school shooting in Florida kills seventeen.

He’s right. We’re becoming (already became?) numb to this, if we aren’t already. Something needs to be done.

But I don’t think it will.

Finally, I took some pictures with a Polaroid Propack this week.

And hugged my  kids extra tight.

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What I’m Reading This Week: Too Far To Walk

What I Watched This Week (on Netflix): National Parks Adventure

Inspiring “keep after it” read from Thomas Pluck, one of NJ’s good guys.

How newsrooms abandoned photojournalism

How to run 100 miles.

World Press Photos – The Backstories

“One of the most powerful aspects of the single image is to make the viewer aware that he or she is connected to others as it can help to lessen the suffering.” ~ Lynn Goldsmith

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Friday Noir: The Color of Night

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The night has a thousand stories, doesn’t it?

And not many of them good.

We keep beating on against the tide of this town. 

But where does it all get us?

A little further on up the street is all.

Keep you chin up, have a drink on me.

We’re never going to end up the lucky ones.

Nobody wins.

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Shot this about five years ago in a hotel in New York City. I was going through an old hard drive, looking for some portraits I once shot. Came across the raw file of this image and it intrigued me.

A few of the words in this caption are Brian Fallon lyrics. Brian is a Jersey guy, once the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem (time will tell if they reunite.) His beat may be up, but his lyrics can be dark and moody. He released his second solo album this week, Sleepwalkers, and I’ve been listening to it a lot.

The title is play on one of the songs on that album. Though, it sounded familiar to me in my head, like I had heard it before. I guess I had, but it owes more to Fallon’s song than Bruce Willis.

My buddy Drew Gurain did the photography that landed him the cover of Brian’s album. The portraits are sweet, the album is pretty good, check it out.

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NEPA At Night, Part Two

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About three years ago, I was visiting my parents who still like in Northeast Pennsylvania.

I was there for a few days, so took some time to drive around in the winter darkness. I tooled up and down Wyoming Avenue, a long four-lane that connects many of the Wyoming Valley towns. I’ve driving is thousands of times in my life.

I was looking at things in a new light, and did a post about it.

Last weekend, I was back visiting again, with my boys in tow. My parents dog-sat our little Shi Tzu, Roxie, and spoiled her immensely, apparently. We were up there only Saturday into Sunday, so I didn’t have much opportunity to patrol around. But in between picking up pizza from joint above, I snapped a few.

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When I was growing up, my Catholic grade school was right next door to the church – this church –  so we always had to go to morning Mass before school. Then, of course, Sundays and holy/holidays, and all those hot summer mornings when I had to be the altar boy at 6:50 a.m. services. And all those wedding and funerals I was the altar boy for.

Countless hours in this building. And yet, I never photographed it. When I travel, I always seem to be drawn to photograph the church, monastery, mosque, or the like. But when I go back to my hometown, I drive by with nary a thought and never photographed the church where I spent so much time as a kid.

That all changed that on this trip.

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The outside of a nearby bar, Knuckleheads. This has been a bar as long as I can remember. Went in there once a few years ago. Guys were playing darts. When done, they’d stick the darts in a cut potato.

This is perhaps my favorite shot, though.

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I like he quietness of it. There was smoke coming out of the vent but by the time I could grab my Fuji, it was gone. Still, I like the lighting, and the light on in the window next door.

Looking at it reminds me of the Springsteen lyrics from One Step Up, Two Steps Back

Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn’t burnin’
Went out and hoped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’
We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back

So, a short visit and a few quiet photos. Nothing big, nothing special.

Things just look different under the cover of night.

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Tear Sheet: Scott Kelby’s Blog

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I made Scott Kelby’s website!

Well, sort of.

Actually, my buddy Gary Chapman made Scott Kelby’s blog. It’s a really nice post about the humanitarian photography he does.

But the photo leading off the post is the one I shot in Asbury Park back in in December.

A couple of weeks after that, Gary asked me if he could send it to Scott for this post. I said sure, of course, then forgot about it.

The post, and photo, ran last week. Head over and give it a read.

Oh…I liked this photo so much, I made a print of it for Gary and Vivian, to remember their trip to Little Eden!

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