JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 11.25.17

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Those are the coordinates for this week, a travel week. Getting out on the road a bit to do some corporate photography.

New Jersey to California to Georgia back to NJ. I’ll be heading out with my buddy, Gary S. Chapman again, whom I did an extensive amount of travel last year around this time.

In fact, on this day last year, he and I were already in China. So, while the distance covered will be less this year, should be an interesting trip all the same.

And days spent behind the camera making some pictures are better than letting my In box be my To Do list!

I’ll check in the from the road. Time to finish packing.

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Birthdays this week: Louis Dahl-Wolfe, David “Chim” Seymour, Barry Schneier, Drew Gurian, Arthur Tress, Sonya Noskowiak

What I finished reading this week: The Highway KindNot bad. A few strong short stories but some were just eh.

What I started reading this week: The Pearl Harbor Murders. So far, eh.

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Our Love Affair with Digital is Over (I’d don’t agree in the least.)

A very cool trailer, for Frank Stefanko’s book Further On Up The Road, from my buddy in Asbury Park, Alberto “Dr. Zoom” Engeli

Long read from The New Yorker: The Perils of Pearl and Olga.

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“What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them.” ~ The Dali Lama, on Twitter this week.

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I HATE Black Friday.

I hate the “Christmas creep”…that fact that people go shopping on Thanksgiving….that people wake up at ungodly hours – not to see the sunrise – but to go to a store to go shopping.

For “deals” that will available for the next three weeks anyway.

I get it – everyone wants a good deal. Sure, no problem there.

I just hate how that all this next months seems to revolve around.

So, to try to tamper down Black Friday, I’ve become more enamored with Small Business Saturday: Shopping the small, the local, the indie in your areas. Giving back to the community with business and to the local artists and craftspeople that put their blood, sweat and tears it that which they love.

Last year, I did a few portraits of local business owners here in Allentown. I think someone else was doing it this year, so I laided low.

But a few weeks ago, at one of the local businesses, my wife got one of these cool totes. I thought I would break out the garage studio and do a little shoot with it to help promote Small Business Saturday (#smallbusinessaturday on social media).

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So, here’s some small businesses/artists that maybe you want to consider purchasing from this holiday season:

* My hat comes from Jersey Shore Apparel in Atlantic Highlands.

* I listen to local bands like The Vansaders, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, The Battery Electric, Remember Jones, and Georgia Owen

* Some indie authors I like: Tom Darin Lisky, Thomas Pluck, Joe Samuel Starnes, Joe Clifford, Jen Conley, Danny Gardner, Eric Beetner, Bard Constantine…just to name few.

And, of course,  this photographer selling his calendar or prints of your choice. Go here to see select prints offered for sale, or contact me if there is one you don’t see.

Listen, I know you have to go to the big websites or to the big box stores for certain things. Me too.

But if you can, shop local on Small Business Saturday and upcoming Giving Tuesday. You’ll make a local artist very happy.

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Broken Hearts and Busted Dreams

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This worlds offers riches.

Yes, yes it does.

But that doesn’t mean you’re going to find them.

Scraping and clawing just to grab a little purchase in this life.

Doing whatever needs to be done.

Burned out, beat up, lonely or mad..

There’s a dirty wind blowin’

Through all of our broken hearts and busted dreams.

We are all the captains of our burdens.

Pick up the pieces, get on with it.

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Noirvember is running out quickly, so I thought I’d give one more in my Jersey Noir series.

I’ve long said that smoke is like another character in these photos. But it’s like an untamed character – you don’t really know where it’s going to go.

Last night, I was watching The Maltese Falcon and there’s a scene where Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) rolls a cigarette and smokes it while he’s talking to Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre). I was just watching how smart the smoke looked circling around Spade.

And wondered how many takes they had to do so that it looked right and didn’t cover Bogey’s face.

Lighting specs: A Neewer 160 LED light in a Neewer 47″ softbox. They were set camera left and I was shooting my Canon 70D here.

Enjoy the last few days of Noirvember, everyone! And remember, you can keep the spirit of noir all year long with a 2018 Jersey Noir calendar! More details here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends celebrating the day today!

Here in my little corner plot of New Jersey, we’ll be having family over while my wife and I do the cooking (well, most of it – people are bringing the sides). And last evening, Olivia even baked cookies for dessert.

Bo, too, is looking forward to celebrating his first Thanksgiving. He’s 10 months old today!

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Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, if you’re so inclined to celebrate. We have a lot to be thankful for, folks. Today’s a good day to remember that.

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