JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 04.15.17

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What a week.

A week dominated by an airline and a MOAB.

Ugh.

This was supposed to be a holy week, right? The most solemn weeks in all of in Judaism and Christianity?

Passover first, then leading up and into Easter?

Instead, we were treated to unruly passengers and unruly airlines. And the dropping of bombs.

Ugh. Enough of that.

Me, I shot picture of kids and of puppies. I ate water ice and made cole slaw.

I made prints and bought a baseball glove.

My week was good. How was yours?

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This week’s links:

Happy Birthday Eadweard Muybridge, Cornell Capa, Imogen Cunningham, James P. Blair

What I watched this week: Smokey And The Bandit

What I’m reading this week: M Train

Via NPR: Lost & Found

Via New Yorker: Larry Sultan’s California Suburbs

Via HBR: How to fit more reading into your life

Via TIME: 5 cameras better than your phone (#6: Canon 610SX – I’m made some sweet photos of mine the past weeks.)

Oh and…How are those stories coming along?

“My pictures are the ‘words,’ which make ‘sentences,’ which in turn make up the story.” ~ Cornell Capa

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Good, Friday

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Is there any tool more ubiquitous during the Easter season…and JUST during the Easter season…than this?

Simple, yet profound. It has pretty much only one purpose in it’s abbreviated life.

Alive and profound during March and April, dormant and/or disposed of the rest of the year.

Seeing one, holding one, has my brain fire to remember the smell of vinegar. Coloring eggs on Good Friday in our basement, my seven-year-old self would get all excited at my latest creation.

I’d fish it out of the colored brine and race upstairs to show my mom.

Only to trip about eight steps in and cracking my creation beyond repair.

Haste making waste and all that.

I still suffer from that sometimes. An early lesson I never learned.

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Lent ends today. All those people giving up candy or booze or Facebook can get back after it tomorrow. I subscribe now to the plan of, rather than giving something up, try to be it a bit more thoughtful, less harsh to the world around my. My cynicism is hard to retreat, though, so I’m generally not successful.

One thing holds, though – no meat on Good Friday.  I eat less of it anyway now, so it’s not much of a refrain. Home with the kids today, I made them tuna sandwiches (more mercury in that tuna now than in the days of old, I’m sure) and macaroni and cheese.

For me, though, a roasted beet, slaw and goat cheese sandwich, with a smear of cilantro pesto. Kinda bougy, but a bit more biblical – sort of – since it was on toasted Ezekiel 4:9 bread.

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Good Friday was, and still is in many respects, a solemn day. My dad would be working but my mom would try to keep us quiet during the hours of 12 and three, the times, according to the Bible, that Jesus hung on the cross. Wonder if kids still are prompted to do that?

As I got older, it would be off to Mass at 3 p.m., sometimes as the altar boy. That was always a long service, lots of singing and we’d go through the Stations of the Cross for the last time. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord was a standard song to be sung.

Always lots of incense about, coming out of that that brushed gold incense burner going up my nostrils. The smoke of the incense is symbolic of sanctification and purification, as well as symbolic of the prayers of the faithful. I’d smell it in my head when I went to sleep that night. I’d have to also hold the heavy liturgical book for the priest for the service, too. I remember one priest, as he saw my weak arms quiver, whispering “Just a few more, hang in there” as the congregation sang.

Sometimes, though, the light streaming through the color glass windows would be awesome and you’d come out of Mass happy despite the solemnity of the day.

Late in the afternoon/early evening I’d go with my parents to visit different churches in the Wyoming Valley. Looking back, this was a bit like the Good Friday version of a St. Pat’s bar crawl – rather than a beer at every stop, we’d kneel and say a prayer in front of the altar at every church.

Fulfilling, but in a different way.

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Personal Project: The Rookie Chronicles 2017

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New season, new personal project:

The Rookie Chronicles

Last year, Chase (and, Matt, on a part-time basis) was playing t-ball at the local park.

This year, since he’s now six, he’s moved up to Rookie Ball.

In Rookie Ball, the kids play on an actual baseball diamond, not on bases placed on the high school football field.

And, in Rookie  Ball, it’s machine pitch, not off a tee.

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The machine is like the baseball equivalent of a catapult. The coach loads a ball on the pneumatic arm, and then releases it.

The ball doesn’t catapult in a lob, more on a line, but it’s still erratic, much like an actual pitcher. (Frankly, I don’t know why the coaches don’t pitch but that’s for another forum.)

Anyway, practice started last week. Saturday it was chilly and windy. But last night, it was about 75 and felt like summer.

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I’m a documentarian: My life and my family, especially. This gives me the chance to do a long-term project (well, a few months anyway) and see what I can see.

My primary tool for this project will be the little point-and-shoot I just got, a Canon SX610. While I’m not coaching Chase’s team, I may pitch in to help at times. This little Canon fits in my pocket and I can do some quick snaps when I see something developing on the field. I WILL be managing Matt’s t-ball team, the Hot Rods, and will use it there, too.

To process, it’ll be the Nik Silver “Film Noir” filter to give the images some nice aesthetics and uniformity. I take the grain out, but like the tones and messy frame.

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So, grab your peanuts and popcorn and follow along. On Instagram, I’ll be tagging these under #therookiechronicals17.

See you at the ball field.

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Tearsheet: Backstreets.com and Springteen On The Radio Event

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Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot an event: Springsteen On The Radio, that is part three of a recent Morven Museum swing of Springsteen-related events. As the image above says, it’s in conjunction with the current exhibit, Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.

My images are now up on Backstreets.com.

What made this discussion unique was that it featured two local (and legendary) disc jockey’s, 105.7 The Hawk‘s Tom Cunningham (host of Bruce Bunch) and NPR & WXPN’s David Dye. David just retired from hosting World Cafe last week, but that’s not slowing him down. In addition, noted Springsteen photographer and Jersey guy, Frank Stefanko, also joined the panel at one point as well.

Click the Backstreets.com link to read all about it. Some other thoughts below…

I don’t tune in to a lot of radio programs, but I certainly knew of  Tom and David, especially since I lived in Philly for 10 years. When Chris Phillips at Backstreets.com asked if I could cover this, I was definitely excited.

The site itself presented challenges. The talk was held a main room at The Present Day Club. When I first got there, the nature light coming through the French doors to the right of the stage was gorgeous. Of course, though, since the discussion started at 7, it was getting dark and I had to adapt to that.

The other challenge was…there was a banister going right up the middle of the stage. And with people sitting in the seats, it was forever in my way dead center, unless I wanted to shoot from the side. Which I had to do a lot.

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There’s that banister.

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Which led me to shoot from the side a lot.

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There wasn’t too much opportunity to make too many “interesting” images. This was pretty much just event coverage. But I did get a few nice, if not standard, portraits.

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Legendary WXPN DJ David Dye, now…and then.

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From l-r: Frank Stefanko, Tom Cunningham, David Dye

I sent B&W images to Backstreets.com in keeping with the general style I normally send to them. I think they just look nicer in this atmosphere, and people (even people in the audience) comment to me that they like them. I just think they look nice. The above portrait, though, ran in color.

I would have liked to have done more environmental portraits of each participant, but timing just didn’t allow for it to happen. I even emailed Tom earlier in the week to see if I could come into his studio and shoot him there, but no luck. However, it did lead me to think more about developing better off-camera lighting skills should I get faced with that situation or need. It’s never too late to start on a New Year’s resolution, so that’s a skill I want to develop going forward.

At one point, an audience member asked Frank Stefanko what it’s like to shoot Bruce. Frank actually just did a photoshoot with Springsteen two days prior to the event for a book Frank is working on. His response was timely, and telling. I had the wherewithal to capture it on video:

I’m happy to get another piece up on Backstreet.com. A good amount of readership there considering the topic! I may have something else coming up with them by end of the month, so stay tuned!

On the way out of Princeton, I had to grab this moody, noir-ish shot of signage hanging on Route 206, outside Morven Garden.

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Maybe it’s time to revisit Bruce Noir….

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