Jon Crispin's Notebook

Victory Players / Whippy Dip / Fenway

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I had fun last week photographing a new musical ensemble that is sponsored by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts.  The Victory Players are (from left to right) Han Chen, Giovanni Perez, Elly Toyoda, Robert Rocheteau, Eric Schultz, YuMi Bae, and Conductor Tian Ng.

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The top photograph was made at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, which is about to be restored to its former glory, but currently has an abandoned feel to it.  The photo with the piano was shot on the Mount Holyoke College campus and in spite of looking totally staged, was really quite spontaneous.  Robert Rocheteau was taking selfies and it just sort of fell together for me.

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I also did individual shots of each of the musicians.  There is something about this photograph of Robert Rocheteau that really grabs me.  He has fabulous hair.

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On Friday night I went to a performance of the ensemble in Holyoke and stopped on the way home at Cindy’s in Granby for an ice cream.  I made it just before closing.  My friend Alex always referred to every summer roadside stand as a “Whippy Dip”, and this one is a classic.

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To end the week, my friend Lisa and I went to a Red Sox / White Sox game on Saturday.  She had gotten amazing seats for us and the weather was perfect for a 4:05 start.  I took this from our seats just after a J.D. Martinez home run, and I think he was still rounding the bases as I fired the shutter.  The (Red) Sox won 4-2.

Portable Toilets / Diner

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Diners, History, Portable Toilets by joncrispin on 26/04/2015

I drove back home from Ithaca yesterday and stopped a few times to take some photographs.  / I first noticed this collection of portable toilets in Lisle, NY back when I lived in Ithaca and my friend Alex and I would drive around while he “looked for color”.  What began as a mild interest turned into a decades long obsession with these practical objects.  I even had a long mostly one-sided correspondence with the Portable Sanitation Association.  After they moved their offices from Washington, DC to Minnesota I sort of lost interest in sending them postcards.

I always assumed that the company that owned these went out of business, but when I stopped in the antique shop next door, the woman working there said that it was still a going concern.

I often notice this abandoned diner when I am on my way to shoot the suitcases.  Yesterday I finally stopped to photograph it.  It is in the village of Coeymans and while searching for information about it on the web, I came across this post.  (I spent a little time reading this fellow’s blog and it is worth checking out if you live in the Albany area.)

It is always sad for me to see once useful buildings like this be left to rot.  I find myself imagining what it would have been like to sit down for breakfast during the time that it was a busy operation.  But I suppose the point is that it eventually stopped being busy, and the owners couldn’t afford to keep it going.  The Thruway killed the diner.

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