Fill ‘Er Up

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“The only other thing I can really remember wanting to do besides acting was a gas station attendant. At the time, that seemed like a great job – wash the windows, pump the gas – it looks so cool coming home with black hands. There’s a natural transition, from wanting to be a gas station attendant to being an actor, right?”
~ Daniel Stern

I recently read an interesting piece on the Fast Company Design web site on some of the most beautiful gas stations in history.

I know, right?

But I was drawn to it because I’m drawn to gas stations. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because New Jersey is such a driving state, from our Turnpike to our Garden State Parkway. As we drive our machines up and down the veins of asphalt taking us from the cities to the shore, we’re inevitably going to have to fill up.

Then there’s the famous Cherry Hill, NJ gas station photo by New Jersey native George Tice. And, Bruce Springsteen singing about meeting beneath the giant Exxon sign, that gives this fair city light.

Probably what draws me to shooting gas stations (as an aside: remember when they used to be called “service stations”? Not much service anymore, though New Jersey is one of only two states when someone, by law, has to pump your gas for you. Oregon is the other.) is the light. Whether sparsely lit, or with big fluorescent lights, whether dead of clear night or wrapped in fog, I have to shoot them.

Route 130, Central New Jersey

Route 130, Central New Jersey

Gas Station Hightstown, New Jersey

Hightstown, New Jersey

Valero Cream Ridge New Jersey

Valero, Cream Ridge, New Jersey

Even out of the Great State of New Jersey, I’m drawn to the neon glows of gas stations. Just the magical lighting.

Exxon Georgia

Exxon Station, somewhere in Georgia

Citgo Bear Creek PA

Citgo, Bear Creek, Pennsylvania

And, as I like to say wherever I pull into a gas station….”Fill ‘er up, regular, cash.”

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JPS Visual Week In Review: 04 |11 | 15

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Easter dawned chilly and bright last week. I did a quick trail run, then we headed to services.

Mad Men returned later in the day.

The rest of the week was drizzly and chilly. I powered through some work stuff, didn’t shoot too much. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it isn’t. Even a partially foggy morning didn’t give me anything back in return that I liked. Oh well.

Always Be Shooting.

My big find this week, thanks for an article in the Financial Times, was the work of Richard Estes. He does photorealistic paintings. Paintings! And lordy lord lord, his work is fantastic. Check them out.

Oh, and today, I ran a local 5K race. After I ran 3.5 miles to the start. Then ran 3.5 miles home. I finished the race in 24:36, good for 4th in my age group and 26th out of 91 runners overall.

Pizza and wine was on tap for dinner.


This Week’s Links:

* What I’m reading this week. (That’s a horrible cover Amazon is showing. Novel takes place in the ’50s, for one.)

* Two new tear sheets this week: NJ Biz book and Dark Corners book.

* Via NPR, The Music of Mad Men

* What do rock photographer Danny Clinch and I have in common? We were both interviewed by the unsupressable Camille Conte. Listen to her interview with Danny here.

* Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon on how California inspires her.

* Esquire Classics. Awesome.

* Nice work here by Ed Brydon.

* Fascinating read.

* LA’s Union Station

* * “Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are works of art as well as moments in history.” ~ Cornell Capa, who had a birthday this week.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Tear Sheet: Dark Corners Vol. 1 Issue 3

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Welcome back, Pulpsville!

So starts Dark Corners, Vol. 1 Issue 3 from Double Life Press and editors Craig T McNeely, Emily J. McNeely and Steve Gallagher.

Craig and I became Facebook friends last Fall sometime. Ever since my contribution to Trouble In The Heartland, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know many great writers and editors, mostly online but sometimes in person. It’s amazing the connections that can be made, and the work that can get done all over the Internet and social media, but I digress.

Craig and I discussed including some of my noir photography in a new anthology book at some point. He pretty much left it up to me what I wanted to send. And, to include a story too. If you’ve been following this site for a while, you know I often throw out some Friday Noir – a story and caption….Well, an extended caption…. Well, almost like super short flash fiction really… to go along with my images.

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So, for this effort, I selected a photo and story I did a few years ago, Sinner’s Holiday. I’ve always liked that title – not sure where it came from – and the splash of the bourbon coming out of the glass. Plus, I think it tells a gritty hard edge story.

I knew there was a long lead time to Dark Corners and just went along with my business. A couple of weeks ago, though, I saw Craig post something about the book on his Facebook page, and realized it was out. Then yesterday when I got home, there was the hard copy waiting for me.

I’ve only skimmed it, but it’s really stacked with some great writing by these folks:

* Ryan Sayles
* Will Viharo
* J. David Osborne
* Gabino Iglesias
* Scott Grand
* Nik Korpon
* Mark Rapacz
* William E. Wallace
* Bruce Harris
* Chris Leek
* Brad Sides
* John C. Foster
* Adam Glasier
* JJ Sinisi
* Tom Larsen
* Warren Moore
* Mark Rapacz (who also did the incredible cover)
* Christopher Jones
* William Blick

In addition to all these great short stories, there’s some reviews of other publications tucked in at the end. It’s quite an anthology that Craig, Emily and Steve have put together.

Dark Corners

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be included in this work. Hopefully, the Dark Corners crew will have me back soon.

By the way, Benoit Lelievre, over at his Dead End Follies site has a good interview with Craig wherein he talks about his passion and the tough, but rewarding, slog of indie publishing. If you like to read, I encourage you to click the link above and purchase this book. These writers are all toiling away, many at day jobs, doing something they love when they can, and hoping to make it stick.

Thanks again to Dark Corners for including me in this issue!

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015 (more…)

Tearsheet: NJ Biz’ New Jersey 350th Anniversary Book

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Last Fall, I wrote about throwing my hat in the ring by sending in 10 images for a new book by NJ Biz’ to commemorate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey 350th Anniversary.

Then around Thanksgiving, I was notified that one of my photos had been selected for the book. Yay! Even saw it in the online version.

Those of us selected were supposed to get the book around December.

December came and went. January came and went. Frankly, I forgot about the actual print book.

And then last week, surprise surprise! The book came. And it’s very nice.

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They selected one of my photos from the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge from a few years ago. It’s the one the PR director of the event calls “iconic” and I really like it too. A sense of place, a sense of movement. I’m happy it was selected.

There’s some very good photography in the book, and a few photographers had more than one image selected. Which led me to wish another one or two of mine had been selected. The pixel is always brighter on the other side, eh?

Then I worked my way through the book. My company, the NJ stalwart it is, is highlighted. And lo and behold, four of my “corporate” shots that I put into the company brand center were used in this section.

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So, five in the book, total.

Nice surprise indeed.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015


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