Event: Noir At The Bar New Jersey – Round Two

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Remember last December when Jen Conley and I put on the very first Noir At The Bar New Jersey event down in Asbury Park?

Well, we’re doing it again. This Sunday evening, New Brunswick, New Jersey, is going dark. Noir dark. We’re ordering up a cold round of crime fiction, this time at Tumulty’s Pub in that little burg.

Established in 1730, New Brunswick has given the world the likes of the poet in Joyce Kilmer, an actor in Michael Douglas, and NFL quarterback in Joe Theisman and a rock band in The Gaslight Anthem. Hub City was pretty hardscrabble back in ’70s but it has bounced back nicely as a college-and-health care town. NJ Transit has a New Brunswick stop that’s a short 10 minute walk from train station, so it’s easily accessible from Philly and New York.

Should be a fun night, filled with great writing. And I get the chance to shoot these cats.

And, I’ll be raffling off a nice 16×20 signed print of one of my noir images that, in honor of the event, I’m calling The First Draft.

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What a way to unofficially start the summer!

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Calvin

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Harkening back to my 100 Strangers project….

This is Calvin. On Saturday afternoon, I was heading into one of those big-box hardware stores. Calvin was coming out with another man. As we passed, my mind started working, started volleying “the ask” back and forth.

I got about 10 steps past him, turned around, ran back to him. I introduced myself to him and the other man, who was his son. I asked him if he knew it was Armed Forces Day and both said they didn’t. I said to him I noticed his cap, and thought maybe that’s why he had it on.

I asked Calvin where he served, and he told me two tours in WWII: One in the Philippines, one in Japan (Tokyo). I asked him if I could do a quick portrait of him on this day, and he kindly agreedI shook his hand (his was strong) thanked him for his service.

The background is messy, and I only had my smartphone on me. (The best camera is the one you have on you and all that)

But I’m glad I turned around and met him. And took his portrait.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 05 | 16 | 15

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This blog was quiet this week, my friends. Work was a killer. Long days, come home, eat dinner, see the family, boot the computer back up and proof the new website we’re building. Everything took a backseat to that project this week. Didn’t shoot much, didn’t run. It was one of those weeks.

What can you do, though. Sometimes life gets in the way of life. But, big weekend around these parts. Me and Leslie had our 11th wedding anniversary yesterday. My parents are celebrating their 51st today. I’m talking my middle boy, Chase, to his first big-league baseball game tonight, and tomorrow he turns 5.

I may not get that past week back, but I’m going to make the most of this weekend!

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This Week’s Links:

* What I’m reading this week.

* Wayward Pines. Giving this a shot.

* Happy Birthday Ezra Stoller and Ottomar Anschütz.

* B.B. King passed the other day. I had no idea who he was growing up, and it took U2 to introduce him to me.

* Speaking of U2, their guitarist, The Edge, fell off the stage the other day. He just kinda lost his place, and tumbled. I once got a shot of him. Sort of.

* This is fun: Eight car chases to fall in love with.

* Andrew Nette, aka Pulp Curry, looks at the Mad Max franchise.

* “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” ~ Richard Avedon (who had a birthday yesterday)

Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 05 | 09 | 15

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The bird squawked at 5 (or thereabouts), I yelled Yabadabado, slide down the tail of the dinosaur, jumped in the car and the weekend was on.

87 degrees when I emerged from the dark, lit only by the computer screen all day. Light traffic, The Gaslight Anthem playing.

Got home. Matt wanted the mini rig (Canon S110) to make some clicks so I let him. Turkey burgers, fries and salad out on the patio. Nice breeze.

Post dinner, 90 minutes of playing Pirate (chasing the kids around the yard with a curved sword, speaking like a pirate Arrgh!), kickball and swings while the light shifted to soft.

Capped the night with some Orson Welles flicks (Touch of Evil, The Lady From Shanghai) on TCM. Next 48 hours are ours to do with it what we may. Let’s rock.

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The Week’s Links:

* What I’m reading.

* What I’m listening too.

* Happy Birthday Candice Bergen, who trained as a photojournalist.

* Dennis Hopper’s drugstore camera photos.

* Why you should avoid the techno-utopian fantasyland.

* A Great White at the Jersey Shore.

* Love this 10 minute feature on my buddy, David Bowman, who I had the pleasure of working with a few years ago.

* This must be some good chocolate.

* “Photography pauses the chaos in my head so I can pay attention to things I’d never otherwise be able to.” ~ Charlene Winfred

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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