JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 11.03.18

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Last Sunday night in Asbury Park, A fantastic group of NJ and NY writers got together to do a Noir At The Bar (they read some of their past, present or future work). I was there to take some pics and emcee a little bit.

This was the fifth or sixth Noir At The Bar that I’ve been a part of. They are always a good time.

This one was special though. Noir At The Bar Asbury Park was to be one of a number of readings going on around the country, and even a few outside the US. These N@B were subtitled Chilled To The Marrow because, while these are normally free, we were all contributing something to be raffled off to help raise money for Evie Swierczynski who has been battling leukemia for the past few months. She was diagnosed just six months ago. We were all in for #TeamEvie.

Duane Swierczynski is her dad. Many know him as a top-flight novelist or for his work with Marvel where he penned a Punisher one-shot and also 24 issues of Cable. (I don’t know much about the comic work so I hope I have that right).

I’ve known Duane since 1991 when we were on the same floor in college together, have always followed his work. This was the crime fiction community, near and far, coming together to help one of their own.

We had some fun, raised a bit of money. Many of the local Asbury Park businesses did a great job donating things for the raffle. It was great to be part of it.

Early Tuesday morning Evie, 15, passed away.

We’re all just gutted.

I considered Evie alot this week. I never met her, but I know here Dad. And Olivia is just a few years younger.


Evie’s mom has asked all to honor Evie: Be kind, be loving, be sweet, be funny, be wise, be brave, be a warrior.

This world can be a god-awful place with god-awful things going on around us.  The world lost a good person in young Evie. It needs more good people.

Let’s all do our part to be the best we can out there.


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman

What I Started Reading This Week: November Road

Using Photography as a Way of Drawing and Seeing

Stories are Everywhere

The Village Voice’s Crusading Photographers

A Photographer’s Evolution

Video: An Interview with Elliot Erwitt

Public Service: Back up your work from October!

“Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” ~ Walker Evans, who would have turned 115 today.

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It’s Noirvember

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Hey, it’s Noirvember!

While I won’t be doing 30 Days Of Noir this year, I will be watching some of my favorite films.

Like Pitfall. And Dead Reckoning. And Double Indemnity.

It’ll be jake as angels.

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Suddenly, It’s Fall.


September and October have been fairly blah here in my corner of New Jersey.

Mostly because the nothing changed from summer. Except my kids were in school, the house was (mostly) quiet and the temperatures dipped just a bit.

But everything else looked pretty much the same. Leaves were turning, certainly weren’t falling.

Even last Wednesday, I was headed into Queens  and on the BQE with my video guy, and we were commenting how none of the trees had changed color yet. We both didn’t have the gumption to look up why that was the case, but it was as green as green could be.

Then this past weekend hit. And it was like a switch was flipped. Fall came to town.




I like the one above because it shows the deer hoofprint…headed to the corn.

There are two types of corn in the feeds around me. The higher up corn is what gets grown for people.

But there’s corn that grows lower (you can see it above) and that’s deer corn. If you click the link, you’ll read why it’s important. So, I was trying to get a shot that included the lower-growing corn and the hoof prints.

So, yes, fall has definitely arrived here. The streets were ablaze in color late Wednesday afternoon when we took the kids trick-or-treating.  It was pretty wonderful.

Gear note: These were all shot with my GoPro Hero5 while out for a run on the Union Transportation Trail earlier this week, and finished with Nik. That little camera is pretty nice.

By the way, don’t forget to back up all your October work!

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Halloween 2018

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Happy Halloween to all you witches and warlocks, ghosts, ghouls and goblins out there!

Have fun, be safe!

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