JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.20.20

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Happy Summer Solstice!

And so begins my favorite three months of the year.

Three months of (hopefully) beautiful days and warm evenings.

Days to get stuff done around the house, play catch with my boys, swim with the kids, fire up the grill and just enjoy the days.

This summer will be different, for sure.

I probably won’t shoot many, if any concerts. Already vacation plans have been cancelled (I was supposed to be in Northern California with Chase today. We were going to be celebrating his turning 10 by going to Bigfoot Festival in Oregon)…but new plans are percolating.

And, we’re looking for new adventures – days trips? drive-in movies? Beach days at a social distance? We’ll see.

There’s still a lot of apprehension as New Jersey starts to try to open up but hopefully people will be smart and stay safe.

If nothing else, summer’s here.

And that’s good enough for me.


What I’m Reading: I finished Hatchet and started The Rules of Magic

What I Watched: Hoosiers and Footloose

PBS: Steve Shapiro on the Civil Rights Movement

A Photo Editor: Searching for Hope

NY Times: Striking a post on Facetime

KCET: A look back at The Annenberg Space for Photography

NASA:  Winners of the Photographer of the Year contest

Watch: The Color of Street Photography (Behind the Shot)

Watch: The Beauty of JPGs(Dan Bailey Photography)

“The best photographs are simple, with elements of beauty or drama – or both.” ~ Kenn Morgan, a Buffalo, NY-based photographer who passed away this week.

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Weekend Houseguest


I have a houseguest for the weekend.

Been looking to try out the Fuji XT3 for awhile now.


So far….I’m liking what I see.

Full report coming next week.

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Summer Reading List 2020

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Photo credit: Olivia Krajnak

With Spring on its way out the door here in the Northern Hemisphere later this week, it’s time to put my Summer Reading List out there.

As you can see in the photo above, shot by my daughter, I’m already getting started on my list in the new hammock I hung up a few week ago. The pile of books below me looks small, but that’s because I have many more ready to go on my Kindle. Thought I do prefer paper books, I haven’t ordered any lately, and only just recently stopped by a Little Free Library I like to visit.

That said, I’ve been able to get a stack together. Here’s what I’ll be reading:

Crime Fiction:

Coldwater by Tom Pitts (halfway through now)

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich



Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry by my friend and New Jersey writer Jen Conley

South by Java Head by Alistair Mclean

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Short Stories:

Raise High the Roof Beam by JD Salinger



The Little Big Book of Life

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulgrum (I read this 30 years ago. Might be time for a re-read)


Books That Movies Are Based On:

The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

The Hustler by  Walter Tevis

The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout

The Searchers by Alan LeMay



The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally (I read this when it first came out, and flip through it, but now that I know my camera and flash better, I think it’s time for a re-read.

Harry Benson’s America



Smithsonian Magazine


As much as I like to read, this is a challenging list. And I also expect to come across books not yet known that will leapfrog over some of these titles.

But that’s what summer is. A little looser schedule. No rules. Lazy days in the hammock with a cold drink.

A perfect time to take in words.

What’s on your summer reading list? Drop suggestions in the comment below!

I’ll read them in my hammock.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.13.20

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I read a poem from Langston Hughes this week:

“I’m so tired of waiting.

Aren’t you?

for the world to become good and beautiful and kind?

Let us take a knife

and cut the world in two –

and see what worms are eating at the rind.”

Saw something else that said, tongue-in-cheek, “The Onion is on the verge of collapse after not being able to make up shit that is more idiotic than current reality.”

Just everything seems in a bad way. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic, this Administration is giving really odd rights to hunters while taking away basic life needs for human beings.

Yet, in spit of all this, outside stuff going on, there’s pinpoints of light all over the place.

The week went by fast again. I have some posts for here that I just can’t seem to find the time to put down.

I cycled every day this week, which is a great way to clear my head, and plot new creative ideas.

The weather has been really nice.

My 24-105 lens came back from the repair shop and I want to put it to use soon.

The summer is starting, and we’ve started to plan a trip to Arcadia National Park in August.

And I made a really tasty chickpea curry this week.

Small wins on the home front.

Keep after it.

It’s all we can do.


What I’m Reading: I started Cold Water by Tom Pitts this week. It was June 2018 when I photographed him in San Francisco. This is his latest book.

What I Watched This Week: Leslie and I finished up Season 1 of Sweet Magnolias.

And Also: I Am Not Your Negro on PBS

And also also: Don’t Break Down, a documentary about the California punk band, Jawbreaker. I found out about them because my friends The Vansaders cover one of their songs.

NY Times: A Portrait of America that still Haunts Decades Later (wonderful interactive piece)

NY Times: Bob Dylan has a lot on his mind.

Video: Why Photographers Matter by Tony Vaccaro

The Bronx: Teens document their coronavirus life (On a similar note, our kids’ teachers have been making socially distant house calls to say good bye to the kids as the school year winds down. They’ve all done a fantastic job.

“The golden rule is “work fast.” As for framing, composition, focus—this is no time to start asking yourself questions: you just have to trust your intuition and the sharpness of your reflexes.”Jacques Henri Lartigue (June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986)

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