Getting Transparent With Danny Clinch

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This past weekend in Asbury Park was huge.

Very year, Light of Day takes place to help raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. In Asbury Park, this event has grown and grown over the years.

To be honest, I lost track of how many bands played all the shows this year, all across Asbury Park and the boardwalk. I was supposed to shoot one last Thursday, but had an unavoidable family conflict to attend, so that was out.

But on Saturday evening, I received an invite to one event that I made certain I could attend: Photographer Danny Clinch‘s Transparent gallery show at The Asbury Hotel.

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While this was considered the “official” opening, Transparent has been open for a few weeks now. Just before Christmas, I had the chance to check it out on a quiet Friday afternoon, when no one was there except gallery designer Tina Kerekes. I walked around, looked at all the great images, and chatted with Tina. Around the holidays, Danny was popping in to hang out, sign books, etc.

In addition to all the great photography hanging on the walls (and windows, hence the transparent theme), there’s a stage in the back, too. Danny plays harmonica in the Tangiers Blues Band, so music – not just music photography – is close to his heart.

At the event, Danny hopped on stage to play harmonica with the local Asbury Park band, The Battery Electric (possibly my new favorite local band).

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Overall, it was a fun “opening night.” If you go to any social media site (Twitter, IG, Facebook) and put in #transparentclinch, you’re sure to see a boatload of images from the event.

Which leads me to the image that opens this post. When I came out, it was lightly snowing. Sticking on some surfaces but not the roads. I was happy with that image of Danny’s vintage Pontiac with Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in the background. Then I saw pretty much everyone else coming out around that time grabbed the shot too. In color…and B&W.

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I think everyone grabbed some version of this Tupac + Springsteen shot, too.

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Ah well. But…I haven’t seen any others like this one. As I was ridin’ down Kingsley Ave, in front of the event space, I rolled my window down and grabbed this one.

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It’s not tack sharp but I like the colors and I get Danny’s car in there along with his name and the entrance way. It’s now my desktop image (at least for the time being) and it works pretty well as that!

And while TBE rocked the event, so did Danny’s Tangiers Blues Band. Here’s a video I shot on my Fuji X100T of them doing Folsom Prison. King’s vocals were great, and Chris Scianni’s steel guitar is pretty hot, too.Very cool, too, is that, in the black-shirt, is Joe Grushecky, a long-time Pittsburgh, PA (and Jersey Shore) rocker favorite. He’s collaborated with Springsteen on a number of songs. The fickle winds of the rock gods blew in Bruce’s favor more so than Joe’s. But he’s an institution too.

Overall, another fun night in Asbury Park. I’ll be down there again this weekend, doing some more shooting of the Jersey Sound music scene. More to come on that…

Read more on the Light Of Day festivities here.

More of my ramblings about Danny Clinch here.

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

 

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01 | 014 | 17

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Somewhere around New Ringgold, PA

Over the course of three days this week, I drove a little over 400 miles. I drove from my adult hometown in NJ to my boyhood hometown in Northeast PA on Tuesday. Then back down some little AP towns  to end up in the moderately-sized city of Lancaster, PA, for a funeral on Wednesday. Then back. And on Thursday, back through some little PA towns to my adult hometown in NJ.

The Wednesday drive was pretty long but pretty darn pretty too. The previous evening, it rained in Northeast PA, and then the temperature dropped. There was a glaze of ice across every blade grass, every tree branch and every street sign. The roads, luckily, weren’t too bad but everything just looked stunning  in the morning sun as we were driving.

I try to stay optimistic but sometimes lapse into cynical. Still, if the beauty we had the chance to see on the way to going to a funeral wasn’t enough to show you a silver lining in the day, I don’t know what would.

We had miles to go and time to keep so I couldn’t be pulling over to shoot landscapes. We’d have never gotten there. The shot above is a snappy taken at a stoplight. I had to scratch the itch.

Driving back to to NJ on Thursday, I stopped in the small town where Charles Bronson’s mother was born and had potato-and-cabbage soup to start, then meatloaf with french fries, brown gravy over it all.

Again, optimistic.

Go find that beauty.

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This Week’s Links:

  • If you haven’t seen President Obama’s Farewell Address, try to catch it. We won’t be hearing an orator like that for a while. And that’s not a political statement, just the truth.

“Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.” ~ President Barrack Obama, January 2017

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

Tear Sheet: Red Hot Magazine Online

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I was pleased to see Red Hot Magazine, out of Red Bank, NJ, ran some of my Polar Bear Plunge photos in their online recap of the event.

Interestingly, this was the direct result of them following me on Instagram.

I’m hoping this will lead to more work with them.

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01 | 07 | 17

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And then on the way to work…

Hey it’s back!

I stopped doing my Visual Week In Review back in December 2015. At the time, I said I wanted to not contribute to the visual noise we all experience every day.

But then, I kinda missed it. And I noticed I was going back to these weekly reviews as type of diary, visual or otherwise. I liked the stuff I was unearthing, some of the photos I was remembering.

Because that’s what my picture taking is – I’m documenting. The things I see, the places I go, my family. Take the shot above, for example. I was driving to work the other morning. Now, right now, my physical office is about 90 minutes away from me. Not far in terms of mileage, but just through a lot of small towns with 35 mph speed limits. And while I get to listen to a lot of sports talk show, and eat sunflower seeds, I detest that drive.

It’s soul-sucking.

Since my boss and team is very flexible (and I often work with teams in Europe), I only have to go to that office once in a while. I work from a closer location, various coffee shops, or my home most of the time now. Have WiFi will travel!

But the light is at the end of the tunnel. I’m probably being moved out that office space for good as the building undergoes building renovations. The company is taking this opportunity to downsize office space, especially due to who actually “badges in” into the building. Since I’m at under 30% of badging in, I’ll be asked to give up my office space. And that’s fine with me. Give it to someone that can use it. I’ll be free to just keep up my current situation.

However, even as much as I detested having to make that 90  minute drive this past Wednesday, I caught the photo above. If I hadn’t gone in, I wouldn’t have seen this nice light, this scene. And if I didn’t have the camera beside me, I wouldn’t have captured it. The photo was taken in my mind first, then with the tool.

And now I can share it with you.

So, in my long-winded way, I’ve just decided to go back to oversharing. Maybe this will be a weekly thing again. Maybe it won’t be and I’ll have to come up with a new name for this.

Maybe I’ll post one big photo, or a collection of visuals from the week.

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So, we’ll see.

But I think this is back.

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  • What I finished reading this week: Woodsong

“We’re photographing for now, not later.”CJ Chilvers   (I found CJ online in 2016 and like his writing and thoughts on things. Give him a read.)

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017