Apropos Of Nothing

Chase Utley 2008

A little late-August housecleaning…

Chase Utley was traded to the LA Dogers yesterday. He was with the Phillies for 13 years, but finally agreed to the trade. I shot the above at Citizens’ Bank Park back in 2008. He was having a stellar year then. He ended hitting .292 with 33 home runs, 104 RBIs and made the All-Star team.

He was loved in Philadelphia. He kept his mouth shut, always hustled. Getting hit by a pitch to get on base and start a rally was his specialty. He was a main cog in 2008, when they won the World Series.

Us Phillies fans saw his trademark lean-back/brim adjustment a million times over the years. Glad I captured it.

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Asbury Park

In Asbury Park, on the beach on Sunday with the boys…captured this shot. I call it “The Patriarch.” I really wanted to do a portrait of him but just show that cross in the mass of chest hair, but I never got the chance. Thought he was Greek at first, but in the orders he was barking to his family, I think Spanish.

Shot this from the hip. Like it.

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Amish scenes

Scenes from the Amish Country, where we were last week.

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Finally, this was odd. Last week, I was flipping around NetFlix, and I came across the trailer for a movie called Monk With Camera.

Turns out, he is Nicholas Vreeland, Nicholas Vreeland, also known as Rato Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Thupten Lhundup, a fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk.

His grandmother is Dianna Vreeland, who was editor of Vogue in the ’60s and ’70s. He grew up in the lap of luxury but gave it all up to become a monk. He gave up everything, except his love of photography. And his photos are gorgeous.

As soon as I see the attraction on NetFlix, I think “Hey…I recognize that guy!

Flashback to September, 2011…I’m down in Asbury Park with the kids. Overcast afternoon in mid-September. I see a monk taking photos and think “Huh. A monk with a camera.” (I know, right?) So I snap one off because, while you see a lot in AP, you don’t see monks to often.

(c)JerseyStyle Photography_Nicholas Vreeland_ Rato Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Thupten Lhundup_2011

Crazy.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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