First Look: Them That Lives By Their Guns Cover

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Last week I announced a new partnership with Altus Press for them to use some of my Jersey Noir books as cover art for their upcoming Carroll John Daly series.

Editor Matt Moring sent me the mock-up of the cover and spinefor the Volume One and it looks outstanding. As I’ve said, this is one of my favorite shots and I’m happy to see how well it works as a cover.

The book is slated to come out later this year (hopefully in time for a pulpcon in November [right near me, too!] and/or Christmas) but *drum roll* it’s available for pre-order on Amazon!

Thanks to Matt and Altus for making Jersey Noir look so good. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this project as we go along.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 08 | 15 | 15

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We’re dead-bang in the middle of August.

Next few days are to be in the high 80s and low 90s around these parts. The Dog Days of Summer if there were ever any.

Being at mid-August also means Summer is slipping away. This week was spent a lot of family time – from hitting the county fair last Sunday to a quick, two-day get away with the kids to Lancaster County and Dutch Wonderland. I went to DW when I was a kid, back in the mid-1970s and it’s only gotten better over the years. Can’t say that for many things. But it’s very family friendly, nice mix of rides for the older kids (well, up until about 10) and the younger ones, very clean too. (Little known fact: The movie At Close Range was based on a father and sons gang that once broke into Dutch Wonderland to rob it.)

We all had a good time. It was the first time the five of us stayed in to a hotel together. The hotel had a couple of pools, which the kids loved, so that was a good way to end the day. Of course, there was some crying and meltdowns, but I tried to pull myself back together….

It was a quick trip, but sometimes they are the ones that hold the best memories. Guess time will tell, but it’s been a great summer so far.

And we ain’t done yet.

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* What I read this week, Part 1.

* What I read this week, Part 2.

* Weegee gallery.

* Tarantino. Russell. Googins. I’m in.

* Winner of the National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.

* The City Game?

* “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

The County Fair, 2015

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I’m a big fan of the county fair. The sounds, the smells, the questionable fashion choices some people, old and young alike make…

If summer passes and I don’t get to at least one carnival or fair, I feel like there’s a big miss in the fun-o-meter.

A few years ago, I shot series of photos that became one of my favorite photo essays ever.

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It’s been hard to replicate that one. Sometimes I don’t get to go at the time of day I want to (early evening, when the lights are coming on). Sometimes I need to be watching the kids more than shooting.

But it’s still always fun to see what you can get. This year, we went just after high noon, so the colors were exploding.

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Even saw some old friends (well, sort of. Doubt Frank remembers he was #75 in my 100 Strangers project when I shot him in 2011..

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We all had a good time. The kids rode some rides, everyone had ice cream, I burned through money.

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Until next year, when I continue to chase the carnival work of David Bowman

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 08 | 08 | 15

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I received an email this weekend that started like this:

I wanted to thank you for your inspiring words this year with regards to photography. I forced myself to learn quite a bit and even took a local little class here at our library. I can proudly say that I actually sold two of my photos this weekend at our local art show! Totally not trying to brag, but knew you would understand the excitement. :)

I knew the writer, met her a couple of times at the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. Even did a portrait of her and her family a couple of years ago. I remember chatting with her last January about her painting, my photography, her photography. Frankly, I don’t remember what my words were that inspired her. But I’m thrilled they did, and that she found the time to actually send a long a word of thanks.

Wonder how many times that happens in this life – where something we say changes someone, or spurs them to an action, hopefully for the good. I guess we’ll never know. Kinda the It’s A Wonderful Life thing.

Photographically, I had a great week. Shot the fun Jazz On The Delaware last Saturday, and received positive reaction to my portraits. Also got some fine feedback on the TriRock Triathlon photos I shot last month. And, yesterday, I announced my partnership with Altus Press.

But this email was maybe the best thing. She and her family are moving to California on Monday. New Jersey is losing a great, kind Jersey girl.

Godspeed!

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This Week’s Links:

* What I watched this week. Partly because it was Robert Mitchum’s birthday on Thursday. His character in Out Of The Past is a strong inspiration for my Jersey Noir images.

* What I read this week. I’m not a Yankees fan but I’m tempted to go out and buy a #15 jersey. The writing, though, is just superb.

* Talk about being early.

* I’m a geek when it comes to good 404 pages.

* “You need minimum color for maximum effect.” – Jay Maisel

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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