Color, Texture, Pattern Tells The Story

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Not far from the house, just off Main Street in Allentown, NJ, is an old grist mill. Built in 1706, it has withstood the test of time – somewhat – going through various incantations, owners and businesses.

Recently, it’s housed a restaurant and some craft shops. However, first Hurricane Irene, and then Hurricane Sandy have caused these shops to fall on hard times. The restaurant never opened again, and just in the past few weeks, FOR RENT signs have crept up in the windows of the craft shops.

Still, it’s a weekly destination spot for me and the kids. Well, not the mill itself but the lake next to it, and the structures behind it. The kids go to throw rocks in the lake; I go with the camera seeking out color, texture and pattern.

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I like to shoot entire-to-detail. Show everything. Then show specifics.

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Rusty, crusty artifacts: Sometimes that’s the way to tell the story too.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Weekend Shot: Little Boy And Blue

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Kind of a low-key weekend around these parts. Saturday, a couple of the kids were still recovering a bit from a summer fever that ran through the house last week. We were going to hit the Monmouth County Fair, but ended up just sticking close to home.

Sunday dawned warm and humid. While we waited for Leslie to get home from an overnight trip to Atlantic City, me and the kids swung over to nearby Walnford.

Spent most of the time near the Crosswicks Creek, where the kids chased some dragon flys, looked for fish, and played in the sand.

Saw this image play out in front of me. Matt, running along the sandy shore, the bright blue mill and sky behind him.

In the interests of transparency, I wasn’t quick with the camera. I saw it happen once…then had him run through the frame again.

Hey, even W. Eugene Smith had to coax the kids a little in the famous The Walk To Paradise Garden.

At least if you believe the movie…

Brilliant Blue + Little Boy + local history spot = This Weekend Shot

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

JSP Visual Week In Review | 07.26.14

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There are some weeks where you can document the ticking of every minute.

Then there are weeks like this. Where did it go? Seemed like I was just sitting here at my kitchen table, coffee to my right, doing this.

I’m looking back over my calender for the week and it doesn’t provide any insight. I see where I was scheduled to be and what I was supposed do…yet it’s a blur.

Kind of a rough week in the house, health wise. My wife had to deal with two of the three Kraj Kids coming down with various ailments – summer colds and fevers. Only the youngest, Matt (who we call Rubble) seemed immune. He powered through the week like his usual bull-in-a-china-closet self.

Hopefully everyone will be tip-top shape this weekend. It’s late July and the county fair is in town.

On a disturbing note, I’m already seeing and hearing (on the radio) back to school ads. Really?? We just had the 4th of July. Man, when I was a kid, I hated to see those ads. Summer’s flying by. Before you know it, we’ll be seeing Christmas adverts.

Enjoy it while it’s hot.


This Week’s Links:

* Fun watch (saw it last night): Rock ‘N Roll Exposed: The Photography Of Bob Gruen

* The great Raymond Chandler would have turned 126 the other day. Here, Jake Hinkson reflects on 70 years of noir.

* Must Watch: Impressionist Frank Caliendo reads the LeBron James “homecoming” letter as Morgan Freeman.

* Read: The relationship between creativity and mental illness.

* Hugh MacLeod: In Praise Of Small Art

* 50 cool book covers.

* Didn’t like reading this about where I grew up… (but it’s true – make your own happiness. I lived in San Francisco – arguably one of the best cities in the world – for 14 months and was the most unhappy I’ve ever been. Thanks to a bad boss at my job there.)

* “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Friday Noir: False Sense Of Promise

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The day has risen to dark, and all your chips are in.

It’s a short time to midnight now.

You followed that dream, like all the guys do.

Drove that hot car with the big tires screaming down Route 524.

Drove it right to the end, right to where the pavement meets the sand.

That dream has been gone, like the flame off a match.

Cashed out. Never to be followed.

Either you beat the money or the money beats you.

Yours was a false sense of promise.

In the dying light, lonely are the beautiful…the brilliant…the brave…the damned.

You keep on livin’ out of sheer habit.


Whew. This is my 148th Friday Noir. Just had an anniversary yesterday: I started this series back on July 24, 2009.

Hard to believe I’ve been rolling out these photos, these stories, for five years now. Granted, I’ve slowed down a little this year – not posting every single Friday as I had been – but I’m always looking for opportunities to shoot new noir, and write the stories that go along with them.

By way of updates, the Trouble In The Heartland project is still moving along.

And, I’m working on another project for Zelmer Press, adding noir-type images to another collection of short stories, this one edited by Chuck Ragan. More on that to come.

Speaking of noir, here’s some good further reading that I just came upon in the last couple of days:

* In The New Yorker: Film Noir: The Elusive Genre

* On Criminal Element: Noir Turns 70: Film Noir of 1944

So, at 70, the noir genre continues to keeps revvin’ its (and our) engine, taking us to dark places.

Pour another slug of the good stuff and give a toast to good ol’ noir.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014


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