Tearsheet: Backstreets.com / Upstage All-Star Jam


I know, I know…I didn’t post a Visual Week In Review on Saturday, or a BTS on Sunday.

But I have a good reason, I swear.


At quite last minute (11 p.m. on Thursday), the team at Backstreets.com was able to get me a photo pass for the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. The goal was to shoot at least three events.

The first was billed as the Upstage All-Star Jam. The Upstage was a no-alcohol allowed club in Asbury Park in the early 1970’s. It was only open for about three years, but it’s legacy was cemented for much longer due to the volume of performers that started there, and their impact on the “Asbury Park Sound.”

Of course, Bruce Springsteen was one of those musicians that got their start at the Upstage. And, like any good alumni, he decided to stop back to jam with the old crew.

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And, on a rarely played Les Paul/Gibson, jam he…and they…did.


It’s probably best to read the Backstreets column first, and I’ll try to fill in more details, photographically speaking, over the next few days. Needless to say, it was a huge weekend in every sense of the word.

But right now, I have more concert photos to edit. More to come…

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Personal Project: The Rookie Chronicles, Game 1


The Marlins had their first game on Monday evening.

The day was warm, but the evening turned cooler. As the Central Jersey skies quickened to dark, the other team put on a late rush. However, the good guys (the Marlins) held on to win 5-4.


Last year, in T-ball, score wasn’t kept, the kids are just learning. They are still learning this year, but structure of a “game” are now in place.

Runs are scored. There are winners and losers.

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Chase went 1-for-3 with a swinging bunt that he beat out for a hit. I was more excited than I expected to be. So excited to see him up to bat, I never even took any pics of him.

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Well, at least while he was playing…

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Make Prints 2017 – #3

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Stacks of goodness documenting March arrived last week.

A visit to Asbury Park, family stuff, a controlled burn and a new puppy were all part of the mix.

And a nice little group shot, too.


About 120 4×6’s in all. Metallic finish, done by my friends AdoramaPix!

Make prints, folks. Get those images off your hard drives!

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Easter Monday

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Been a long, busy weekend around these parts. Kids still off one more day, then they head back for the one last push before summer vacation.

Saturday night, my wife and I “delivered” a lot of Easter eggs around the yard, dropping dozens of plastic eggs on the grass, in the landscaping even up in trees. With kids at 10, 6 and 5, they were looking forward to Easter morning “hunt.” In fact, my two youngest – the boys – were up at 3 a.m. (yes, you read that right) and then at 6, all eager to get started.

By mid-afternoon, after the hunt, and breakfast and Easter services, they were running low on gas. We all piled into the car – took Bo too – and headed down to Asbury Park. It was about 85 degrees, probably the nicest Easter Sunday I can remember.

Since the squad was all gussied up in their Easter best, I had to take the opportunity to get a new family photo. Of course, it took a few takes.


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In the end, though, we got a pretty nice photo that I can print and we’ll most like hang on a wall someplace.

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Easter Sunday 2017

We’re memory-keepers, folks. We have these cameras on our shoulders or in our pockets and we’re entrusted with documenting these scenes and keeping these memories safe.

It’s what we do.

Whether you just celebrated Easter or Passover or just the weekend, here’s hoping you documented those memories.

Even if it’s a sad-looking bunny on a train.

Let’s keep after it, and drive on.

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