New Tear Sheet: The Guardian

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Last Wednesday was pretty fun. I as toiling away at my 9-to-5 when I got an email from the photo editor at The Guardian. She was given my name by the writer of this piece, Greeting from a new-look Asbury Park, Hannah Summers.

I know Hannah. Well, I know her in the the Internet sense. Hannah writes a blog, dedicated to her two favorite things, called Burgers and Bruce. (Favorite Things: Hamburgers and Bruce Springsteen). She also Tweets and IG’s at @burgersandbruce, which is how I met her.

“Springsteen As Networking.” Sounds like it should be a Ted Talk.

Anyway, Hannah is a travel writer as well, and came to Asbury Park recently. She knows I shoot down there a lot, and gave the Guardian’s photo editor my name to see if I had any photos they could use.

“What are you looking for?” I emailed.

“Do you have anything of the beach/boardwalk/convention centre? And we need them quick – on deadline.”

So, on my lunch break that day, I forwent the gym and pulled together some images I had on hard drives and Flickr. Fourteen in all. Within an hour, I had sent her a Zip file via WeTransfer.

This was one of the shots, that I shot just a few weeks earlier.

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And this is the one they ran big in the paper. I didn’t realize it was for the weekend edition, so on Friday, I kept refreshing the Guardian website to see it it ran. Didn’t see anything, and they never told me anyway if what, if anything I sent, they were using.

Then, early Sunday, I DM’ed Hannah and she told me it was out. I went to the website and was pleased to see my photo in there along with Corbis and Ryan Struck (also a NJ guy now working out of NY)

Then, one of my Facebook Friends (and part of the TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND Springsteen anthology), Chris Leek, posted the above shot of the paper. He’s sending me a physical copy now.

Ironically, the way I originally processed this photo, it wouldn’t have ran. I like it more like this, which is how I saw it in my head when I shot it:

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It was the pink bathing suit that caught my eye.

Strangely, I got photo credit in the on-line version, but not in the print version.

Anyway, that’s the story of how I got my first photo into an international publication, thanks to a shared love of Bruce Springsteen and the Internet.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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