Archive for August 2010
Yep, that’s him. Long ago Marc and sat down with Carl and talked with him about joining the agency. Carl and I (Colin) met 25 years ago one day when I walked into The Red Bank Register and said I wanted to be a photographer, and that he would hire me. I had found and shot a fire in Red Bank on my way home from high school and was sure he would buy a photo. He took a look at my contact sheet and said a famous line that started our relationship that today still is as strong as ever. As I was waiting leaning on the light table he looks up above he glasses and says, “Hey, since when does Avis rent fire trucks?”
Funny how things go. We get a bunch of calls for assignments from The New York Times, and then it shuts down. In the Sunday Metropolitan section, ANJ had a few images from a dining review from a restaurant in Asbury Park. I went there on a Friday night that was dead slow and tried to make the best of it. The lead image from the review is above. Yes, I had to use a flash. Both outside and inside with the food. It was dead and dark. But the few patron and owners were more than willing to help me anyway they could. I really liked the potential of the photo above, the dining area is set in the rear of an apartment building. The rear porches and the back of neighboring Asbury Park Drug can be seen behind the diners.
A few weeks ago ANJ photographer Colin Archer spent 24 hours shooting this story for The New York Times. The story is about fresh fish, fish markets, and restaurants down the shore. My night started out aboard the Donna Lynn, a sixty foot trawler with father and son team Roy Deihl and Roy Deihl Jr. who were fishing for fluke. We made the two and a half half hour trip out to Jones Beach New York and lowered the nets. I was amazed to see what came up when the nets were raised some 3 hours later. Fluke, rays, skates, dogfish, clams- tons of them. Roy Jr. made quick work of sorting the catch out. We repeated that process and by 9 am we were back at the Belford Seafood Co-Op offloading the fish. My next leg took me into the fish market located there at the Co-Op. After a few hours there waiting for some customers and shooting I was beat. I snuck home for a nap before heading down to Point Pleasant to Spikes Fish Market and Restaurant. This place was jumping between the market and restaurant, which was all in one large space. The story ran in todays Sundays paper with five of the images, but sadly the images from the fishing trip were not included. I thought it might have made for a great slideshow for the NYT web, but it didn’t. Years ago, many years ago, I can remember reviewing the images from a story on the lightable with the editor, and being able to argue your point for the image or images you wanted to see run. Sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t. Then you would go into the darkroom either cursing out the editor or with a big smile. Now, with email and ftp we don’t get that chance, we just send them in and hope for the best when the paper or magazine comes out.
Guy Fieri, Chef Dude is in the House
Recently ANJ photographer Marc Steiner traveled down to Atlantic City to shoot Food Network star Guy Fieri for The New York Times. On Wednesday August 10th the lead image ran nice on the front of the dining section, six columns and most of the top fold. The article continued on the jump where a few more images were ran. One of my favorites was run with the story written by Julia Moskin on the web, showing Fieri after signing a wine glass for a fan.
We got a call from The New York Times this afternoon to shoot a restaurant review in Asbury Park. Marc was going to take it for me since I am running around packing for a trip to the Poconos, but since it was down the street from my house I had to do it. Just because it was close doesn’t mean it was easy. Sometimes things just line up straight, and sometimes they don’t. I had to used flashes for the food shots, and even the best dining shot. Had to do it. Great food, great owners- just super tough mixed light, what there was of it, and a surprisingly slow night. Put those two together and you’re really working for a few good shots. It should be out in the next week or so, most likely on a Sunday. So we’ll see how it works.
Spent the day down on LBI. I brought my oldest son with me and dropped him off at a friends house who’s family vacations their every year for the entire summer. I started in Ship Bottom getting a coffee at Wawa and then headed north. I can’t really share any of the photos from the assignment but the one above was a favorite of the day that was shot in Harvey Cedars. You know Harvey Cedars, next to Barnegat Light, Loveladies, east of High Bar Harbor, north of Surf City….on the opposite side of the island from Brant Beach, and Beach Haven…and…what? That’s what I have been trying to figure out with each day I work this assignment down there. Where the f$#@ am I? It’s a story all on it’s own. But today I was concentrating on some of the beaches and sites on the northern half of the island. Next time I’ll be doing the southern half.