JSP Visual Week In Review 08 | 01 | 15

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Here stand. The gaping maw of a new month. July flew by faster than any of them. Summer at warp-speed, days, colors, ice cream cones flying by.

Get out there and record it.

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This Week’s Links:

* The great Eliott Erwitt had a birthday this week. Watch this short video on him and his work.

* Gordon Parks goes back to Kansas.

* Watch: The Art of the Opening Shot

* Watch: Landfall, BTS (whew, I don’t have this patience.)

* From NY Times Lens blog: In the world and always photographing.

* Josh Wool on how to be a good photographer

* “The bottom line for me is always to shoot what you love to shoot. Be curious about the world, and be energetic, decent and honest when you engage the world with a camera to your eye.” ~ Joe McNally

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Friday Noir: Darkest Summer

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Great sadness today.

It’s the last day, the last Friday, for TCM’s Summer of Darkness series.

(Honestly, though, not sure why it was called SUMMER of darkness. It was only two months – June and July. We have a whole other month to go!)

In any case, they’ve shown some great movies these past few weeks. And today, the ultimate day/night, it will go out with a bang.

In the spirit of helping out the TCM marketing department, I humbly offer an initial concept for some 2016 advertising.

Never too early to get a jump on the next project and I’m happy to help TCM!

(Speaking of projects, me and my Jersey Noir image are pretty close to joining a very cool new one. Can’t spill it yet, but soon…very soon.)

The light is starting to dim on Summer 2015.

But we ain’t dead yet.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

15 Years A Friend and Mentor

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Fifteen years ago (maybe like fifteen years and two or three months), I was sitting in a conference room at a design agency in New York. A guy in either a corduroy or tweed jacket and black turtle next sat across from me.

The agency was Taylor & Ives.

The guy was Joe McNally.

I had been working with T&I for a year or so, as they would design the annual reports for the company I worked for a the time.

I had no idea who Joe McNally was. Google was in it’s infancy but that’s probably where I went when I got back to the office. Joe seemed like a nice guy. They told me he was a good photographer.

A couple weeks later, just after we all realized we survived Y2K, Joe, his assistant, and I took off for a two-week photo shoot in five different European countries.

I don’t know if my love of photography started on that trip. I know my friendship with Joe started then.

For the last 15 years, he’s been a photography mentor and teacher to me, but also a great friend to me and my family.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look from a shoot in 2001 or 2002. The company I was working for had just reverse acquired Monsanto (yes THAT Monsanto). They had a small pharma division at the time, and had a big arthritis drug my company wanted. So, I few out to St. Louis and Joe and I did a shoot at Monsanto’s campus in Creve Coeur, MO. We both got a crash course in how they are engineering crops to grow in difficult climates, and the innovation it takes to do that (I know, I know, Monsanto, GMO’s, Frankenfoods…they are all the bad guys. Still, we both found it fascinating.)

And, my little travel buddy Flo The Pig was with me as well. I know Joe and I were getting to be friends when he’d waste film to do a set up with Flo in the shot. I shot this with probably one of those plastic cameras you dropped off at the drugstore to get developed.

I posted this to my Facebook page and Joe said: “Kman [I’ve always been KMan to him]….we have both grown up photographically together since that madcap European adventure! Look at this pic….Mamiya Pro II RZ with a winder and a 50mm lens, Profoto 7B into a shoot through umbrella. Kinda old school! Now we live amongst the pixels…”

Yes we do, Joe. Yes we do.

Happy birthday my friend.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 07 | 25 | 15

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Summer powers on. Five months to Christmas.

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This Week’s Links:

* I’d love to see Meru in an IMAX theater.

* From Fast Company: Inside the manipulative world of color correction.

* RIP E.L. Doctorow

* Randy Johnson (aka The Big Unit): Photographer

* “He’s a different kind of weirdo.”

* Change your lens.

* “There is no bad light. There is spectacular light and difficult light. It’s up to you to use the light you have.” – Jay Maisel


(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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