Blind Squirrels And All That

First off…big thanks to my buddy Joe for the shout-out over at the best blog blogging right now. I’ve said it before but I have to say it again…it’s great to be part of his new book and even better to get a chance to see him work. I truly appreciate that he asked me to be part of the project and that it’s doing well. Hey, I may have lost the cover to a well-chiseled islander that plays with fire, but I’m OK with that.

And just to come to my own defense….YES…in 2000, when Joe and I first hit the road together, my weapon of choice was a instant film camera that you bought at your local Duane Reed, CVS or Walgreens. I was a flat-out neophyte to the whole photography thing. I was a tourist, ok? I was snapping pictures for the scrap book. It wasn’t until years later that I started to really pay attention to what I was shooting and how I was shooting it. So OK, I photographed one of the best photojournalists on the planet in Germany on a donkey ride. Plastic camera or not…that’s gotta count for something right? Vision maybe? Big onions??? Something????

Anyway….I had a basketball coach in high school. Great guy. Tom P (the P first letter of a really long Polish name that you wouldn’t be able to pronounce anyway. I could, because I’m half Polish. But we’ll leave it at P for now.) Aside from my Pop, Tom P. was easily one of the people in my life that made an impression on me at a very impressionistic time. He was my coach, he was my boss (I worked for him in the summers) and he was my friend. Taught me a lot about life at that time. It’s odd to think that me now is older than he was then. Not sure I’ve payed it forward to anyone yet, but I’m trying.

I was a fair basketball player at the time despite being vertically challenged. Every now and then I’d whip that no-look pass that caught my center right in the mitts for an easy lay-up for him. Or I’d intercept the other team’s pass, tip it ahead and get a nice easy lay-up. My coach, my boss my friend would be happy for me but still bust my chops to keep me sane. “Hey,” he’d say in the huddle, “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.”

Duly noted, Tom.

I kinda feel the same way about my photography sometimes. I gotta work at it. I’m learning. I use a “real” camera now (though there a ton of Flickr groups devoted to pinhole and toy cameras. Maybe plastic disposable isn’t that far away.) But still…sometimes…the photogods smile on me and I find a nut.

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In the old village of Batsto, New Jersey, this is easily one of my favorite photos of all time. The light, the shadows, the subject…they all came together for me in this split second.

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And one I just recently found when going through some old Two Detectives files. I spent an afternoon shooting the actress, Olivia Roric, in Grand Central Station. ISO was a little high here so I caught a bit of grain…but overall I like this one. She has a timeless look to her and the setting really makes it work for me. I’m sure you’ll see more of her if you follow this blog….

So yes…my old friend Tom was right. Sometimes a blind squirrel does find an acorn or two at times.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.

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