Enough Is Enough


I know.

It’s coarse.

It’s harsh.

It’s also to the point.

Today is National Walkout Day. Kids walked out of school today to raise their voice against gun violence.

This is what it’s come to. This is how bad it is.

I shot this at The Stone Pony last month, just after the Parkland shooting. The band, Strange Eclipse, had just gotten off the stage.

Kieran, their guitarist, was packing his gear away. And I noticed his arm. And what he had written on it.

Kieran, and his band mates, are in high school.

They aren’t dumb.

They have opinions.

They have a voice.

They could be next, who knows.

My kids are younger. My oldest is in middle school. She’s 10.

They could be next.

The current political team in Washington does not seem to care about them. They care about the dollars they get from the ones who work within their agendas.

I don’t care if you’re 80 or 18, if you dribble a basketball, play guitar in a band, or are just a parent.

Don’t just stick to sports. Or play guitar. You, you know, live your life.

You have a voice.

Again, I’m no good at dissecting the political environment. Please head to Greg Fallis’ blog for better, more clear writing on it all.

But I had to post this today.

I believe in Kieran’s statement.

I hope I never have to scream it at the top of my lungs because something tragic has happened to one of my kids.

Enough is enough.

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BTS Sunday: La Jolla

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Last week, my company released their big U.S. Transparency Report on all things related to the business. Kinda like an annual report of sorts.

Scrolling through it – no one flips through reports anymore – it struck me how much of my work is in there, indirectly at least.

Lots of photography from the photo shoots Gary Chapman and I did late last year.

Rather than buying stock images, the team that put this report together leaned heavily on the images we came back with.

Like the one of a scientist in one of our La Jolla, California, labs.

Modern-day labs aren’t like something from an old movie. No smoking beakers with bunson burners aflame underneath them. No, more like crappy florescent lighting, cramped work spaces (but maybe in an organized way) benches and lots of purple gloves.

Gary knows his way around these labs. Frankly, they all look kind of the same no matter where you are. So you start to look for the interesting people that make them up, and even some interesting work spaces. Any odd looking bottles? Include them too.

Here, Gary is doing a portrait with his Sony while his wife and assistant, Vivan, pops a little light on the scene via a reflector. White jacket and safety goggles all on.

I was shooting through the other side of the workbench, looking for some details shots while Gary did the portraits when I saw him shooting in front of me.

Then I saw this one, too.

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Entire-to-detail. Portraits, things, all of it

Never know what you may use when you come back from the field.

And a special congratulations to Gary and Vivian today – I just found out they became grandparents again just a few days ago!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 03.10.18


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So much for making it through the winter. We got socked and darn good a few days ago.

Today, though, it’s mid-40s and the melt is on. Still, seems like summer is a long way off.

Tonight we turn our clocks forwards one hour, gain longer days and more light.

I’d lose two hours of sleep to keep it like this.

Spring is upon us. Now it just  needs to get here.


This Week’s Links:

Happy birthday today to Toni Frissell

If you have a full time job AND  a side hustle

How to tell a story with your street photography.

World’s Oldest Message In A Bottle

What We Can Learn From Roger Bannister

“Imagination is the superpower of the human being” ~ Levar Burton

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This was the scene in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

I had to run in to get some guinea pig food for Monty and Jake, my daughter’s two.

Fast-forward about 7 hours…

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The big river birch tree in front of our house looked more like a weeping willow as some branches touched the ground due to the heavy, wet snow.

We (all five of us) dug out the driveway in the late afternoon, and I did some touch-up work after dinner.

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Later, around 10:30 p.m.,  I put 200 lbs of rock salt in the back of my truck so that I had some traction. Made a run out to an elderly couple about 10 miles away who’s power was out. They couldn’t get their generator started. Luckily, I was able to get it fired up.

Today, I made a snowman on our diving board.

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Is it summer yet?

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