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 all 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.

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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.

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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

Still Getting Personal

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Hopefully, you’re getting some work done on your personal projects this summer. Well, hopefully you’re getting a lot of paying work, too, but it’s the personal stuff that keeps you going, keeps you motivated.

Most of all, it keeps you seeing what you can see.

A few weeks ago, on the trip to visit my parents, I had the chance to continue on with my Working On The The Highway personal project. Sometimes I never know if I’m going to get anything; sometime I see it happen right next to me.

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I like these for what they represent: Men and women getting it done in the high heat of the summer. They’re building, or fixing, the highways and byways that keeps people and freight moving. Can’t be easy working next to cars and trucks speeding by, probably over the posted speed limit. (I try to say within the construction zone speed limits, the guy behind me blinking his lights and tooting his horn because he wants me to speed up be damned. I don’t need to give these construction folks anything else to worry about.)

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Speaking of personal projects, here’s a couple of good ones that I keep track of: Ray Ketcham’s Boiler Room Project and Sabrina Henry’s Village Life Updates. And, tucked away in this Forbes interview, Chase Jarvis talks about how personal projects help him.

Finally, a really good video here by artists/designer/writer James Victore about the value of personal projects.

So get out there and make it personal! Drop a link in the comments and show me what you’re working on.

For you.

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

Weekend Shot: Harnessed Energy

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I live in a beautiful part of New Jersey. Dead smack in the middle of the state, we’re surrounded by cornfields, sod farms and horse farms.

The horses here are raised for harness racing, with the Peretti Farms being one of the largest in the area.

During our blackout during Hurricane Sandy, I happened to be in a restaurant in town (they weren’t our grid so had power.) Had an interesting conversation with a gal that worked at one of the other horse farms. She talked about how it’s a 24 hour, 7 day a week job – horses, obviously, are living things, need to be fed, watered and cared for. You don’t just take off for a week and go on vacation. I’ve had similar conversation with local vegetable farmers – their jobs aren’t like mine. It’s all day, every day.

Anyway, coming back from grocery shopping about 5 p.m. on Sunday, I did a large loop to pass this horse farm. I’m not sure I ever saw so many horses out at the same time up on the hill. I liked how they were silhouetted. This shot came out how I had it in my head.

Beautiful landscape + beautiful animals + late day light = This Weekend Shot.

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

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