Tearsheet: Photo Noir
Got a nice surprise over the weekend. My copy of PHOTO NOIR came, the hard copy version of the Photo Place Gallery noir exhibition.
I wrote about this juried exhibition I entered a few weeks ago. While I my image Bitter Little Words didn’t make the cut for the physical gallery, it did make it into the exhibition book.
The gallery book is 7×7, done by Blurb and looks really sharp. While I normally get my books done by AdoramaPix, I think I’m going to Blurb a shot for my next one (which reminds me, I haven’t done one in a while…) If anyone out there has any experience with Blurb, ping me or leave a message below.
Anyway, the book is sharp and my image looks pretty nice it. There are a lot of nice images in it, and I’m proud to be part of it.
(That said, I really don’t understand why, if an artist is part of the exhibition book, said artist has to BUY the book. I mean, we pay to even have our images judged. If we get selected, why not throw us a bone back and make the book complimentary? But I digress…)
If you’d like to order your own copy, visit this link.
A neat surprise the other day. A few years ago (late 2011), I did some volunteer work for my company – taking portraits of employees who volunteer!
It was a couple of days running all over Central New Jersey and even a swing into Pennsylvania. Kinda hectic but fun. This was for a yearly report my company’s Citizenship area does.
Anyway, one portrait involved a gent who was the fire chief of a small fire department. I look back and some of those images look a bit cliche.
But I was surprised when, earlier this week, I was in one of our buildings and saw the portrait blown up and hanging in one of the common areas. Looked pretty cool, I must say.
In looking back, I see this one was definitely influenced by a particular focus (no pun intended) Joe McNally has – the hands. Way back when we were traveling together, he would talk about how the hands were always an expressive feature to him. This continually gets pulled through even in his current work. To wit: He’s still working that as seen in this recent blog post. I have to admit, I usually focus on that feature as well now…after I’ve gotten the shot I need to get.
Anyway, seeing the portrait hanging large was cool to see. And a nice surprise to boot.
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016
Your photo is essential noir, stunning atmosphere. It might be Dashiell Hammett at work 🙂 I love how work smoke and paper – two light elements in strong points.
Thanks for the nice words, Michal! I appreciate it.
Sometime it is impossible avoid having a shot that is a bit of a cliche. With a good subject, which you had, the cliche is acceptable.
Thanks David. Appreciate that!
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