Holiday Noir: Trouble’s Out Of Sight

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That’ time of year, huh?

Clock’s runnin’ down.

Almost out of this one.

Been a year of Trouble, ain’t it?

From the city to the heartland, all kinds of it.

But gettin’ quiet now.

Air is clear and cold.

Moon hangs in the sky, bright.

A little slug of whiskey in the glass.

Gat’s put away. For now, anyway.

From now on our troubles will be out of sight….

Let’s hope they stay out of sight for a while.

Knowin’ this hard land, though, I doubt it.

See you on the other side.


Had to do at least ONE holiday noir image this year.

Remember, if you want to have some Jersey Noir in 2015, calendars are still available.

Just drop me and email and I’ll get one out to you for the New Year!

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


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Recently, on Twitter, the hashtag #RTLNY was trending.

#RTLNY = Reasons To Love New York. Think it was New York magazine that started this trending to promote their series of articles on this topic. Of course, people kicked in with their own reasons to love New York.

I don’t know that I love New York. I still find it overwhelming at times. And expensive. But I really, really, REALLY like it. If I had nothing to do, I’d hop the train into Penn Station with my camera and just have a perfect day shooting by myself.

The thing I love about New York the most is the light. The way it dances, reflects, bounces, slits, slates, cuts, envelopes, booms, blasts, flutters and feathers down over through and around the concrete canyons with the asphalt pathways.

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#RTLNY. The light.

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

Weekend Shot: Dear Santa

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As we get older, it’s harder to find the magic in the Christmastime season.

Ugly news, pressing deadlines, general inhospitality by our fellow man.

Enough to stain a man’s soul dark and forget the fun of it all.

But, luckily, having children allows the light to seep back in. Friday afternoon, I had my staff’s holiday party at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA. They do a really nice lighting display. After the lunch, my family met me there to check it out.

Saturday evening, we did a driving tour of a 12 station outdoor live Nativity scene (popular place, that. Waited in line for an hour).

Then, Sunday, me and the kids went to the Cherry Hill (NJ) Discovery Museum to kill the afternoon. Didn’t know it, but Santa was on premises. And the kids got the chance to fire off one more missive to the big guy in red.

Chase, my middle guy at 4, loves the whole visual aspect of Christmas. He had been talking about Christmas decorations since July.

Olivia, my oldest at 7, though, is full on into the Santa aspect. She understands the while Baby Jesus part, of course, but at 7, it’s the gifts that hold the appeal.

She IS making a concerted effort to be good, not fight with her brothers, obey Mom & Dad. And, any chance she gets, she’s reinforcing what what hopes the outcome to be come December 25.

A roller copter, though…I don’t know…

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

JSP Visual Week In Review | 12.13.14

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Happy 121314 Day.

We’re rushing headlong to Christmas, rumbin’, stumblin’ to the end of 2014.

I’ve seen so many “Best of 2014″ lists already, my head is spinning. God forbid something great gets published, printed, sung, posted, photographed in December. It probably ain’t making these early-bird lists.

But the year ain’t done yet, there’s still time to do something, make something great.

Get after it. Play till the ninth inning.


This Week’s Links:

* Still looking for a gift? JSP can help.

* RIP Ralph Morse.

* Me and Chris Phillips from Backstreet Magazine get some recognition.

* An in-depth history of the Group F.64.

* RIP Michel du Cille.

* Another great interview with Joe McNally. (if the fates allow, he and I will be working together again in January ’15!)

* Via Resource Magazine, 30 Great Stocking Stuffers for under $100.

* Black Widow.

* “Always appreciate what you have.” ~ Bansky

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