Happy Mother’s Day


Mom, in our backyard, 1973

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, and to all the mothers out there.

Yes, in some ways Mother’s Day has been ruined.

And while we should appreciate moms every day, for all they do, take some time today to be even more mindful and appreciative of our mothers.

After all, if not for them, we wouldn’t be here!


Mom, 2017


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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.12.18

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Not much to report this week.

Let’s just hit the links.


This Week’s Links:

What I listened to this week: The new Low Cut Connie album, Dirty Pictures (Part 2), over on NPR

What I watched this week: Ask The Dust, as slow and non-compelling as the book.

What I’m Reading This Week: Lincoln In The Bardo

What happened on May 9, 1974? This.

When a stress expert battles mental illness.

Shooting the Misfits, Drag Queens, and Starlets of Warhol’s Factory

Why Polaroid photography is making a comeback.

“Put the things that you hide from others into your portraits, and your pictures will get interesting real fast.” ~ Chris Buck

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Make Prints: Getting Sentimental

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Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny…..

~ Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

You may remember last month when I wrote about shooting as show at The Wonder Bar.

One of the shots I really liked was a detailed shot of Dan Amato’s guitar – he has a sticker on his fretboard in the middle that says “Made In Paramus.”

Paramus is a town in North Jersey, and Dan’s hometown. I love the hometown pride he shows, especially for a young guy. So much of our youth is spent trying to get OUT of the places where we grew up. Heck, Springsteen’s wrote a whole album about that (Born To Run).

But Dan’s proud of his hometown and I like that. When I was shooting the show, and I saw that, I knew I had to try to get a clean shot of that. And when I did, I knew I had to get a print of it to Dan. He’s in college now, at Monmouth University, and maybe he’ll stay in music his whole life. Or maybe he won’t. But, at some point, he’s going to have a a room in his house, a den, a man cave…call it what you will..and he’ll be able to hang this on his wall and remember when he was a young cat playing gigs at little seaside bars on the Jersey Shore.

More likely, Dan will stay in music. As lead singer of Dan Amato and The Sentimental Gentlemen, I’m so impressed with his talent and poise on stage. Where does that come from in a guy his age (think he’s 22). I never had that poise at his age. Guess that’s why he’s an entertainer and I’m not.

Along with that big print, I had some 5×7’s made of the band so that he could give them to his squad. Now, I’m sure TSG have a ton of photos via phones from shows, many living on line. But I hazard to guess they don’t have many prints of their band. It’s a literal snapshot in time – I doubt they’ll stay together for ever. Now at least they all have a reminder of that time when they put on great shows all around the Jersey shore.

Check out his song Roses for Rosie here, and more SG songs over on Soundcloud.

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I just had to make a big print of this one. This is one of those images that, if I saw it from someone else’s camera, I would wish I had shot it. I got so lucky that morning in Asbury Park, with the parking lot of the Empress being empty except for that old car. And just the way the other elements came into play.

May not be a technically perfect image but I just really enjoy looking at this one.

Prints done, once again, by AdoramaPix. As usual, they look really sharp.

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Tears Of A Clown


Woke up to sad visuals on my local TV news station today.

A bulldozer with a scoop bucket was doing one of its intended uses – demolition.

Unfortunately, it was demolishing the historic Circus Drive-In in Wall Township, New Jersey.


The Circus Drive-In has been at this spot since 1954. I’m not exactly sure when I first when to there – early 2000s maybe? It’s very close to Spring Lake, one of our favorite beaches to hit in the summer. Once Olivia was born, and we were hitting Spring Lake more, this joint was often a stop for lunch on the way home.


When I saw the news piece, I started pulling some selects from my old files. There’s probably quite few more that I haven’t found yet. I know I shot some last fall, when news first came down that the drive-in closed for the season for, apparently, the last time. People had posted memories on the door outside. I snapped some photos of those, but of course, lost them when a lousy external hard drive crashed and I didn’t back up well. Bah.


With Olivia, Summer 2010

Little fingers 2011

Olivia again, from 2011

The food here was good (apparently the lobster roll was top-shelf, but I usually went with the burger and curly fries), the wait staff (local high school and home-from-college-for-the-summer gals) were friendly and looked like they stepped out of central casting for a Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello beach movie, and, perhaps best of all, it was budget friendly.

It’s bothersome on a number of levels. This was a historic place that couldn’t be saved. Now, it’s going to become another shopping center or something.

Ugly and ugh.

But you know what? I’m glad we have some memories of it. And I’m glad I have some photos. We as photographers preserve the past, folks. We’re preservationists. It doesn’t matter if we all ain’t winning World Press Photo awards or getting paid or being a Magnum photographer. We’re documentarians. We’re preserving history. It’s our job to save memories.

And you can be damn sure I’ll be making prints of these photos.

Goodbye, Circus Drive-In.

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