Cruisin’ Down Kingsley

The Great State of New Jersey is abuzz today. The state’s favorite son – albeit a 59 year-old son – is playing two shows on his Working On A Dream tour at the Brendan Byrne Arena cum Continental Airlines Arena cum Izod Center tonight and tomorrow.

As big a fan as I am, I’m not going. Somehow, I totally lost track of when these shows were and never bothered to try to get tickets. Then again, as this article in today’s Star-Ledger shows, it wasn’t real easy to get a ticket anyway.

I’m sure the shows will be fun, though. Bruce and the E Street band are nothing but consistently fun to see live.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a writer, Lawrence Kirsch, who is working on a book call “The Light In Darkness” which looks at the album “Darkness On The Edge of Town.” Lawrence, who’s a very accomplished photographer in his own right, having shot for Rolling Stone and other magazines in the ’70s and ’80s, reaches out to fans for stories, observations and photography to help provide content for this book. He was sucessful doing this for his first book on Springsteen called For You Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen’s Legendary Fans.

Anyway, Lawrence, through my friend The Geek Whisper (who, over on his blog, did a very nice interview with Lawrence.) contacted me about submitting some content for the book. I was happy to oblige. After some other discussion over email, and him checking out a portfolio called “My Beautiful Rewards – Images based on the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen”, he asked if I would like to contribute some photgraphy, original or otherwise to the book. Now we were talking!

While he did suggest a few images that he liked from that portfolio, I also thought I’d shoot some new images to see if anything worked. You may remember that back in early Apri, I ventured down to Asbury Park in to do some shooting and it was with this project in mind.

I kept in mind the roots of Springsteen and his music lay in the music club of The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. While he never names it in his songs, other locations do make mention: The Palace, The Casino, Madame Maria’s. Another location is Kingsley Avenue, which makes an appearance in the Darkness song called Something In The Night. Kingsley Avenue is a block down for where The Stone Poney is at Second and Ocean, running parallel to Ocean. Back in the ’60s and ’70s kids would cruise “the strip” which was a loop that included Ocean, Kingsley and Cookman.

So…the theme of the song (getting older, having responsibilites) cars, local music history…that was what I had in mind when I shot this.

I tried to get what I wanted a few different ways. Then, with a car providing some back lighting, and my Speedlight at about -3 EV to give me a bit of fill on the street sign, I got what I wanted. Finished it with Nik Silver Efex Pro to give me the clouds some contrast and just a general “older” feel. (Still, it would have been nice to have been able to rent a water truck to wet the street down and give me some more nice bounce of light off the pavement but alas….)

Will Lawrence use it in his book? Will he use any of the images I sent him? I don’t know but I hope so. Sounds like a fun project to be attached to.

© 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.

One thought on “Cruisin’ Down Kingsley

  1. Hi Mark,

    I just heard that on June 1, tickets go on sale for 3 Bruuuuuuce shows at Giants Stadium, they will be the last events there before they close the stadium for good!

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