Decisive and Transforming

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Earlier this week, the NY Times Lens blog posted Magnum Chooses the Decisive, and Transforming, Photo. The piece starts out by asking “Why do photographers get attached to a particular image from their archives? Is it the image itself or the moment leading up to it? Was it the effort to obtain it? Did the photo capture a historic moment or a turning point in the photographer’s life? Or was it simply about discovering new gear?”

All very interesting questions. After I read it, on my drives too and from work, I contemplated this in light of my own work. Now, I’m late to the photography game. Only been shooting, and learning, for roughly eight or nine years. I obviously don’t have the body of work like a Magnum photographer.

But I still thought back, and looked through, a number of my images to see which one I would say was my decisive and transforming image. I landed on the one above.

I shot it on January 1, 2010, during the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park. Used my Canon 50D with a 17-85mm lens. I like it for a few reasons: The movement, the action (certainly decisive, I guess), that I got AP’s Convention Hall in the background. It all came together.

And I guess I consider it “transforming” because, and I say this very humbly, those associated with the SOI Polar Bear Plunge, call it “iconic.” They use it on banners and other advertising needs. They may put it on a t-shirt one year. For them, this image illustrates their event.

I’m proud of that. And while technically this was a “spray-and-pray” shot (I held the camera low and fired away, not really sure what I would get), it transformed the way I shoot this event. I don’t always look through the viewfinder to get great action shots of the plungers now. But I know where I SHOULD be looking and where my camera SHOULD be pointing. I learned from this shot.

Frankly, I probably haven’t even shot my most decisive and transforming image yet. And that’s a good thing – it’s still out there.

But for now, this is it.

What is yours? Drop me a link to it in the comments section below.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 06 | 06 | 15

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(If you subscribe to this site, you may have gotten an alert with this post, but just the photo. Sorry about that. Hit “Publish” by accident. Not enough coffee yet.)

June’s here. Big Yay for a few different reasons.

First, that means we’re firmly in the summer months. Three best months of the year, in my opinion.

Second, that means we’ve hit some deadlines at my job, and hopefully things will slow down a little. Last month has been a killer.

So, it’s all good. Time to get after it.


This Week’s Links

* A Dive Bar’s Last Call

* TCM’s Summer of Darkness is here.

* Magic in the digital age.

* The Tank Men of Tiananmen.

* Camera Power Rankings

* Powerful read: Our meat-eating culture is not sustainable.

* Steve McQueen: The Ultimate Man’s Man

* Storage.

* My summer reading is pretty stacked, but this looks good.

* Canned beer ain’t so bad. (It’s true. I’ve been enjoying Neshaminy Creek lately.)

* “It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Recap: Noir At The Bar NJ – Round Two

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You may remember a few weeks ago, I was promoting an event, Noir At The Bar NJ – Round Two.

We all had a great time at the event. The writers were fantastic, as usual, and in the raffle, someone did select my photo. (Man, signing a picture is nerve-wracking.)

Here’s a little slideshow I did for the writers as a recap.

Noir At The Bar New Jersey – Round Two from JerseyStyle Photography on Vimeo.

More to come on this event next week!

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Parts Not Quite Unknown

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“It’s easy enough to sell New Jersey if you’re going to beautiful farmland and attractive bedroom communities and fine dining.”

So said CNN correspondent and TV personality Anthony Bourdain in a recent telephone interview with a local newspaper here in NJ.

Bourdain’s a loquacious hero to the reality foodie market. A New Jersey native, he pined for NYC, where he eventually landed. Worked the cooked lines, developed his craft (and his habit), while at some of New York top eateries. His Kitchen Confidential helped launch his post cooking career into TV work.

Sunday I lucked into finding his CNN Parts Unknown show. I had heard this was in the works a few months ago, but had forgotten about it. Glad I stumbled on it – It was All Jersey, All  Show.

My kinda show. Indeed. does a nice recollection of the episode. And, while it’s a big state, I was happy to see that a few of the joints Bourdain highlighted, I too have hit.

Lucille’s (pictured above) in Warren Grove, for one. First stopped there about about four years ago. Liv was four and still in pigtails. Chase was in diapers at one. Matty, not even sure if he was born yet. We were headed for Seaside Heights but never made it. We stopped off for lunch at Lucille’s. I think it was pulled pork for me, chicken fingers for the kids.

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Lucille’s is firmly set in the NJ Pine Barrens, where the Jersey Devil is said to have originated. As the folk on the show say. The “Pineys” are a particular lot. Not quite off the grid, but pretty close.

We would hit this spot again as a family on the way back from Ocean City, NJ, in August 2013. Chili, this time for me. Good stop-over roadhouse. On my agenda to stop by again this summer.

Another stop Bourdain made was at Frank’s Deli, in Asbury Park.

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Truth be told, while I snagged this shot once warming January day, I’ve never eaten there. Again, it’s on the summer agenda. Frank’s was partially featured in the Bruce Springsteen video, We Take Care Of Our Own as well. Fittingly, Bourdain talked with Springsteen contemporary Southside Johnny (of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes) over sandwiches at Frank’s.

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After a stroll on the Asbury Park boardwalk, where they talked about The Casino, Bourdain and Soutside Johnny hit the Silver Ball Museum which sits on the boardwalk. True enough, the Silverball is a museum. But it’s an active, hands-on one. Dozens of vintage pinball machines are there for your beck and paddle. I was in there for the first time last Fall. A wedding reception was occurring among all the pinball wizards playing. I got a shot of esteemed rock photographer Barry Schneier banging that pleasure machine.

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I don’t remember seeing a Springsteen pinball machine, but Ted Nugent and KISS were represented.

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Of course, the show checks out some areas of North Jersey and Atlantic City as well. Overall, a more than decent view of the state.

Bourdain starts this episode with a line “To know Jersey is to love her,” which gave forth the Twitter hashtag for the episode #KnowJersey. I may have been born in Northeast Pennsylvania over forty years ago, and my heart will always be there. But I’ve been in the Great State of New Jersey for nearly twenty years now.

I’ve come to know Jersey. And yes, I’ve come to love her. Especially the parts not quite unknown.

At least to me.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015


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