JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 11.16.19

JSP Visual Week In Review_111619


Another week that ends in sadness.

A school shooting in California.

Less than 24 hours later, a shooting at a football game in South Jersey (You didn’t hear about that one did you? Yeah, not a lot of national attention there. A 10 year old is still in critical condition.)

Three times a week, I drive my daughter to band practice at 7 a.m.

Sometimes, she’s bubbly. Sometimes, quiet, pensive.

I don’t push. I try not take it personal.

When I stop the truck, she’ll turn around, give Bo a few pets on the head (yeah, the big boy comes with us. He loves car rides). I tell her I love her, and watch her walk into her middle school.

And I think “Is today the day?”

Later, I walk my boys to the bus, they’re giggly and running, and playing with their friend at the corner. And by playing I mean just chasing each other.

The bus stops, they turn and wave to me, I yell “Love you guys! Be good, be kind, have a great day!”

And I just pray they come home again.

Why that thought? What the bloody hell?

I hate what this world is sometimes.

And then…and then…I see a cool photographer out there on the internet, and I look up the photographer, and I read about him. And get inspired.

Or I hear a new band, and Shazzam them up and download some new music.

Or I post something to Instagram and someone responds kindly to it.

We’re all looking for the beauty that is out there.

And it IS out there.

But the damage sometimes gets in the way. It’s hard to sift through it to find the good stuff.

So, yeah, I’m a little down this week. I have good thoughts going out for those affected by these shootings – their lives will never be the same.

But I walked out in nature with my boys this week, I saw some killer sunsets, I listened to some good music, I did a couple of fun shoots, and moved the chains on a couple of projects.

We gotta keep on keeping on.

The world needs us.



This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Robicheaux by James Lee Burke and started the short story that The Birds movie was based on. I want to read more source materials for films.

What I Watched This Week: Imagemakers on TCM

What I Listened To This Week: Really getting into the Behind The Shot podcast on Spotify, but also the video coupling on YouTube. Do give it a listen.

DP Preview: David Burnett at the impeachment hearings with his large format camera (I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave.)

Philly Inquirer: The Best NJ Pinelands Images of 2019

Apalmanac: The Emotional Rollercoaster of the Professional Photographer

No Film School: On Visual Storytelling and Scorsese

Documentary: Shooting the Mafia

Watch: Sean Tucker on the importance of retreat to refresh your creativity

“The creative process is not separate from an artist’s total being…or so I believe. I know the history of art doesn’t always support this attitude, but I am convinced that one’s art and one’s life are intertwined, each reflecting the other.” ~ Herb Snitzer (November 11, 1932)

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