JSP Visual Week In Review ~ -6.03.23


So…I’m shooting a lot.

Really I am.

Especially recently.

But, I’m not shooting anything I feel is good enough to take up your time by sharing here.

If you’ve been following this blog for a small time…or a long time…you’ve seen a lot of my music photography.

Do you really need/want to see more photos from The Stone Pony?

Some of the other stuff I’ve shot recently was more for a specific corporate client and, while wanted, needed and liked by then…I doubt you want to shots of a panel discussion.

That’s part of the reason I’ve been quiet on here.

I’ve been keeping busy…just not sure it’s the type of work & posts that will keep you coming back.


In other news…it’s June! Which means summer here in New Jersey!

Three months of warms days (hopefully)…. beautiful evening light…soft night breezes….road trips

I’m all in!

Oh…and back up your work!


This Weeks Links:

What I Watched This Week: I finished up The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I liked how they ended the series. Anyone else watch this? I also finished the Smartless: On The Road series on Max

What I Read This Week: Still working on a couple but started three others: The Man Who Knew (Kindle, read it walking on the treadmill), Great Detectives – Seven Original Investigations and American Nomads (nonfiction – I read it in the mornings before work)

ArtNet: Photoville Returns to New York

See the Song: The Art Studio that Made Pink Floyd’s Pigs Fly

And watch the trailer here.

50 Years On The Road: Michael Putland’s music photography

Recreating and Reframing: An interview with Carrie Mae Weems

Pay Into It: Pay attention to what you pay attention to

Press On: What Were Press Cameras?

Favorite Photo of The Week: via @the_ai_camera_club (Follow this account on IG – fascinating!)

“Follow your inner moonlight: Don’t hide the madness…” ~ Allen Ginsberg (well, most likely AG)

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.27.23

I shot four different this this week…

1) A ribbon-cutting ceremony

2) A corporate panel discussion about mental health

3) A youth baseball game

4) A rock ‘n roll concert

I didn’t get paid for any of them.

And I still had a great time shooting them.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend here in New Jersey. The “Official Unofficial Start To Summer” (I’m getting tired of that phrase, TBH)

I’m making some summer plans. How about you?


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Still working All The Light We Cannot See and the biography of Charles Addams. I’ve put The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding back on the shelf. Read some short stories, too, including The Invisible Man – not the novel by H.G. Welles, the one by G. K. Chesterton.

What I Watched This Week: Smartless: On The Road documentary series  on Max

Beautiful Light: Watch Lindsey Adler discuss strobes v constant lighting (reminds me, I need to get my strobe back in working order. It’s been wonky)

Olive Oil and Lemon: Speaking of Smartless, a cool interview with Paul Anka. Had no idea he wrote My Way for Sinatra.

Let it Rainn: Rainn Wilson on wellness and spirituality, via Chase Jarvis

Consistency Matter: Jeffery Saddoris on why/how consistency matters

Favorite Photo of the Week: via @kevindliles on IG. (I was watching the Phillies/Braves game when this happened. Mike Harris was fine, all in good fun)

RIP Tina Turner. Here’s an interesting read about the Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville, Tennessee. The Atlas Obscura podcast is a good, short listen too.

“We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ~ Henry James

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In The Field: The Prom at The Axelrod Theater

The cast of The Prom musical all on stage at the end of the performance, holding hands above their heads

It had been a while, but I got back to the Axelrod to shoot a new musical, a performance of The Prom.

I wasn’t too familiar with this musical, though a friend told me it was a wonderful movie.

From my perspective behind the lens, it as a visual treat.

Actors Vicki Lewis and John Scherer in The Prom

Vicki Lewis and John Scherer as the leads in The Prom

The cast was lead by Broadway (and TV) professionals, Vicki Lewis (as Dee Dee Allen) and John Scherer (as Barry Glickman). Both were tremendously effective in their roles. Personally, I love their body language and facial expressions to help impart more of their characters.

Vicki Lewis was equally good. I enjoyed her character as a self-indulgent Broadway star who slinks her way through the show. She reminded me of a comedic Norma Desmond from the film noir, Sunset Boulevard.


Actress Vicki Lewis In the Prom wearing a sparkling evening gown speaking in a TV reporters microphone


African American actor Richard Waite and actress Vicki Lewis sitting on a desk talking

A young actress, Lillian Bell Doll, played Emma Nolan in this coming-of-age story set in a small, Midwest town. And she was great in this role.

Actress Lillian Belle Doll onstage in The Prom, in her lime colored green bedroom, playing a guitar and singing.


As with all the other Axelrod productions I’ve shot, the lighting, sound and choreography were all stellar. This time, though, it was a bit different for me: I couldn’t shoot the last dress rehearsal because the lead was sick on that day. So, I had to do this shoot, on a Thursday night, while there was an audience. So, a lot of Canon 70-200mm zoom lens work, without getting too too close to the stage, or in the way of the audience. Quite unlike with other shoots I’ve done there, where I’ve had the run of the theater.

But, it worked out pretty well, I thought. And it seemed like the cast and crew like the photos as well, judging how much they’ve shared them online. Click here for a slideshow if you’d like to see more. Let me know what you think!

And here’s a few more, a bit more stylized, but which I thought came out cool in B&W.

It’s been a looooong time (uh, 1988) since I’ve gone to a prom – though I did look sharp in a flattop haircut, gray tux and pink bowtie and cummberbund, if I do say so myself!  So, it was nice to go to this one, too!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.20.23

No, I didn’t go to Cannes this year, and no, I didn’t get a nine-minute standing ovation.

Nor the Preakness Stakes (Honestly, though, what’s going on with horse racing and all these deaths? Too may drugs in these fine animals?)

And, no, I wasn’t in a crazy paparazzi car chase in NYC.

My week a little slower, but a good one.

The big thing was celebrating Chase’s 13th birthday with a dinner out on Wednesday (as me and his mom on on great terms, we’re still able to do things like that as a family) and then I took the boys to a Phillies game on Friday night (my daughter has been in Cleveland, performing with her high school band). The game as horrible – Phillies stunk it up – but we still had a good time together.

Heading into the end of May and the start of the summer. Back up that work!


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Toward The Midnight Sun. Very boring, to me. Still working on All The Light We Cannot See. Started The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding and Chas Addams: A Cartoonists Life.

What I Watched This Week: Nothing really, except sports

What I Listened To This Week: Detectives Don’t Sleep podcast about the Clutter Family Murders, the basis for Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

Story time: Photographic Storytelling: A Poverty of Theory

Vegas, Baby!: Joe McNally shoots Las Vegas

Constrained: Austin Kleon writes about television of constraint, and how it’s changed.

Rangefinder: Creative Use of Negative Space

Avedon: Since yesterday was World Bee Day, and Richard Avedon had a birthday earlier this week, here’s a look at his famous beekeeper portrait.

Inked: Rembrandt Museum now offering tattoos

Radiohead: Cars saying goodbye to AM radio

Favorite Photo I Saw This Week: Via Saed Hindash on IG (third in the set – his sports photography is awesome)

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ~ Richard Avedon

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