Ode To Little Eden

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Sandy the fireworks are hailing over Little Eden tonight
Forcing a light into all those stoned-out faces left stranded on this Fourth of July…

~ 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

While it hasn’t really been winter-like here in the great state of New Jersey, even though it’s late December already, we’re still pretty far from the 4th of July.

That said, I’ve still had the chance to make a couple of recent runs down to Little Eden, aka Asbury Park, lately.

The little seaside town is such a contradiction. When I first started going there back in the late 2000’s, it was a boarded up mess. Boardwalk looked like hell, no body on the beach, the main Cookman Avenue street was rife with the shells of stores. I think the Stone Pony was still closed at that point, too.

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Now, though, Asbury Park is back. On the weekends, no matter the season, it’s hard to find a parking spot. The boardwalk shops are open year-round, Convention Hall has a number of shops and “pop-up” shops open every weekend. There’s food, indie movies and art galleries on Cookman. This past weekend, Convention Hall was the site of the Punk Rock Flea Market.

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Unfortunately, there’s still areas of neglect and crime off the main drag. Seems like every time I turn on the local news, there’s another shooting in town. No matter how pretty those sky colors are, no matter how peaceful the crashing of the waves appear to be, there’s still unrest out there.

Despite the darkness, there town continues to improve. The art scene is big-time there now, with wonderful murals all over the city. I just discovered this one on a recent trip. I guess I can now tell people I live at the very top edge of East Jersey (never heard that before!)

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Just yesterday, I scored what will probably be my last tear sheet for 2015 – Two shots in the Asbury Park Press‘ write up about the upcoming 2016 Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. I liked how they looked on screen, but was thrilled to see how large they ran the main pic on the front page of their @Play print section in the print edition. See my pics in print¬† never gets old.

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I’ll be down in AP again on Friday morning, shooting the 2016 Polar Bear Plunge for the SOI. Hard to believe this will be my seventh plunge. I remember shooting that first one.

And yes, I’ll be in the water – again –¬† to get some cool shots, too. Hopefully some Little Eden magic will help with that.

“We are the boys from Little Eden
We are the heart of Saturday night…”

~ Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts, The Gaslight Anthem

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

 

 

Merry Christmas From JSP

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Well, it’s about time for that jolly elf to load up his sleigh and get a move on.

It’s 70 degrees here in New Jersey today. I’m make homemade pasta sauce, in shorts no less, for our dinner tonight (sorry Mom, no mushroom soup or pagatch this year.)

My youngest, Matt (age 4) came downstairs this morning, looked at our Christmas tree and started crying.

“Santa didn’t leave us any presents!” he said between tears.

“Little guy,” I said “Today is Christmas Eve. Santa comes tonight!”

The look of relief on his face was priceless.

From my JerseyStyle Photography family to yours….I hope your holiday is priceless as well.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

A Jazzy Good Time

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Back in August, I had the pleasure of shooting the Jazz On The Delaware event, at the Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia.

It was a very fun event, and I’m glad my friend, Tome Wilson, got me involved with it. (do check out Tome’s website, Jazz Age Style. He and his lovely wife, Lisa, certainly are old souls.)

Well, I got the chance to head back to the mansion just last weekend, for a very fun event, A Holiday Affair. This was a “play,” done by the White Plains Production crew, and set in numerous acts, throughout the mansion.

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It was a fun (and funny affair, centering around the “invention” of spiral-bound notebooks). The actors were fantastic, and many of the “guests” were in period dress as well.

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And music…oh yes, music. This time, by The Gin Canaries.

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I was shooting with both my Canon 50D, and the Fuji X100T. Both were appropriate for the event, and I really wanted to try out the Fuji here. I’m still learning that different tools helps me achieve what I want. It’s not one is better than the other….It’s a toolkit, a tool box with a lot in the arsenal.

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I had in my mind to do these images in sepia, thanks to the Nik Collection. Pretty happy with how these came out.

Overall, just a fun night, and I was happy to be part of it. Hope to do more with this group in 2016.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Friday Noir: O Holy Night

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O holy night the stars are brightly shining..

Helluva time, this time of year, ain’t it?

Peace and good tidings to all, right? Right.

Yeah, right.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Who’s got any peace in this life?

And a tiding? Never seen one.

Sin? Error? Yeah, got that in spades.

Nah, all I feel is the mist spitting down on my face.

I don’t mind it much, don’t get me wrong.

It… the mist, the fog…quiets the city.

I pull the collar of my ulster up, pull my fedora down.

The gat tucked under my arm, a Lucky in my hand…

A half pint of gin…

The good stuff…in my breast pocket.

Yeah, I got what I need in this crazy, messed up, mixed up world.

Whatever gets you through the night.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn…

Weary, indeed I am.

Let’s get ready to turn the page…

And see what this “glorious morn” brings.

Just be ready for anything, that’s my motto.

Here’s to you, and your bright baby blues…

Merry Christmas and all that jazz.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

 

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