JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.20.18

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Got socked with another dose of winter weather this week, to go along with the ongoing sub-freezing temps we’ve been having.

I tell ya…feels like we’ve been locked into winter for many weeks now, and still no end in sight.

Why doesn’t summer pass this slowly? I guess it’s the whole Einstein quote about relativity.

Anyway, trying to make due with what we’ve been getting. Nothing we can do but keep trudging forward.

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This Week’s Links:

What I watched this week: Paddington 2 (Me and the boys loved it)

What I read this week: Hard Luck Grift, a novella by my buddy Bard Constantine. That guy on the cover looks familiar, too.

What I started reading this week: The Honest Spy

If you hate your flash it’s because….

Lights! Camera! Mud!

The 10 commandments of portrait photography

Joel Meyerowitz’s career is a min-history of photography

“When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’ ~ Jay Maisel, who had a birthday this week.

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Just Around The Corner From The Light Of Day

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Yes, that’s Elvis.

Elvis. In Asbury Park.

Singing Springsteen.

In Asbury Park.

Honestly, you head down to Little Eden and you never know what you’re going to find.

But I’m getting ahead of myself a bit. Let me restart.

This past weekend in Asbury Park was the big Light of Day Winterfest 2018, a collection of musical acts and bands playing a number of shows in a number of locations across a number of days all across Asbury Park.

A few weeks ago, my buddy Zack Sandler told me he’d be playing with Bobby Mahoney at Langosta Lounge, along with a number of other acts. This show is sponsored by Blue Hawk Records,  Monmouth University’s student run record label (Zack is a student at MU.).

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I was happy to see this LOD poster using my shot of Bobby and Zack from one of their shows this past summer.

And yes, the big draw at this particular event would be the appearance by Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, the original E Street Band drummer.

Vini has had his ups and downs in the musical work, especially since breaking with Bruce. If you’ve ever read the New Yorker piece about Springsteen, you’ll see the break wasn’t exactly a kind one. But they’ve reconciled over the years, and Vini was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the E Street Band a few years ago.

I sort of met Vini once before a few years ago, at the Last Stand of the Upstage. So, it was cool to head to Langosta Lounge on not-so-cold (well, by recent standards) to see him and the other musicians play again.

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Zack Sandler and Bobby Mahoney

Langosta Lounge is a small restaurant right on the Asbury Park boardwalk. It’s a cool little place to grab a bit when you come off the beach but it’s open year round. It often hosts musical acts, so this was a good venue.

I shot a bit of earlier musical acts but was focused more on when Zack and Bobby got started. They started out with just the two of them, but then Vini joined them to play some drums on a very cool version of “The Fever”.

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Then, between acts, I saw The King come in. I had hear that an Elvis impersonator was doing some Springsteen songs in Asbury Park (at House of Independents) that evening, but I didn’t expect him to come to Langosta. As it turned out, Vini was there too, and Elvis hitched a ride over with him.

Mad Dog Lopez driving The King down Cookman Avenue. You can’t make this stuff up.

In case, Elvis was portrayed by Mark Wright, a UK-based performer who’s been doing this “Elvis Sings Springsteen” act on the road for while. Mark’s a pretty accomplished entertainer and he’s an Elvis AND Bruce fan, so it all works out.

But to see him jump onstage for a rousing version of Rosalita…it was amazing.

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When Elvis jumped on, a number of the other acts were also on stage jamming. It was pretty crowded but at the end, I was able to gather the whole group together for a quickie group shot, one of those memories I like to capture.

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It was also cool to get a shot of Elvis and Mad Dog together. For sure something I didn’t expect when that evening started.

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One of the other songs that Zack and Bobby played one was Spirit In The Night, with some great vocals by Joe Rapolla, one of of Zack’s music professors at Monmouth. It was really a wonderful rendition of the song.

When I came out of Langosta later that evening, the warmer temps and the snow created a foggy atmosphere down on Ocean Drive. I was parked across from The Stony Pony and the fog was diffusing the whole scene.

Got lucky, too, when it appeared my very own spirit in the night gave me a little walk-through when I was shooting the scene.

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Sometimes you just never know what you’ll find when you head out into the night.

[PS: Rose Montana, who is a passionate supporter of the Asbury Park music scene, shot some great video of many of the acts that night, another shows from this Light of Day festival. Check out her YouTube page for more.]

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BTS Sunday: Victoria Pearson in Kenya

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I recently was going through an older hard drive, and came across a slew of images from my past travels that I forgot about. Or didn’t know I had back up someplace else.

Yay me, for once.

One of the fantastic photographers I’ve been fortunate to work in my nearly 20 year communications career is California-based shooter Victoria Pearson.

Vicki shoots all kinds of beautiful interiors and still life images. She’s also close friends with designer Stephen Doyle, who thought she would be great to work with for our annual report project.

Vicki’s abilities transcend. She’s a great shooting people portraits as she is interiors.

Plus, she’s funny, self-deprecating, easy to travel with and very cool. A pleasure to work with. We lost touch for a bit, but found each other again on Instagram, which is the cool power of social media.

Here, she’s making some friends with the young people at Save The Children in Kenya. I remember it being a long day, but a fun and fulfilling day.

Check out her website. Follow her on Instagram.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.13.18

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This winter is becoming a slog, and we still have two months to go.

My cold started to abate this week. A persistent cough is still, well, persistent, but I’m starting to come around a bit more every day.

The climate swings are enough to give you whiplash though – freezing cold last Sunday, in the 60s by Friday, and supposed to go back to freezing today.

I like the unpredictability of weather but this is a bit much.

The cold snap, though, has caused many people to keep their Christmas decorations up longer than usual. Too cold to take them down. As much as I like seeing everything lit up between Thanksgiving and New Years, once it’s January 2, you gotta get them down.

Now they are a reminder of that fun fall to the end of the year which was nice when it happens. But now it’s too long past.

Time to move on, wherever we’re going.

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What I’m Reading: Natchez Burning.

My buddy Gary S. Chapman had a birthday this week. Here’s an interview I did with him a few years ago.

RIP long time LIFE photo editor, Barbara Baker Burrow. Here’s a good article I found about her.

America’s Last Pencil Factory – love the images.

11 Minutes with Bruce Springsteen

Bitcoin, KODAKcoin…I don’t get this even a little bit.

“We can always rely on semantics to allow us to drift from the essence of a subject.” – Dan Winters

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