Jon Crispin's Notebook

Huntington Library

Posted in Art, Fish, Jon Crispin, museums, Trees, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 17/06/2017

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I was back at The Huntington yesterday for my annual visit to the Blue Boy.  It is breathtaking.  It’s quite impossible to look at a reproduction and get any sense of just how amazing this painting is in person.

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At the opposite end of the gallery is this painting by Thomas Lawrence which is commonly referred to as “Pinkie”.  I had never really paid much attention to her, but it is pretty easy to get lost in gazing at it.

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It was very hot yesterday so I didn’t walk around the gardens for long.  There are lots of ginkgo trees on the grounds.  I grew up with one in my side yard in Meadville and clearly remember climbing it as a boy.  It was the only one I ever saw as a kid, and is still my favorite tree.

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As I walked over a little bridge in the Japanese garden, these guys showed up thinking I might feed them.  Sorry I couldn’t oblige.

Ben’s Chili Bowl / Codmother

Posted in Beer, Fish, Food, Travel by joncrispin on 25/01/2015

I’m in DC for the weekend before heading out to Tilghman for a few days.  Last night Peter and I went over to U Street for some eats.  I couldn’t be this close to Ben’s without stopping in for a Half Smoke.  It was amazing.

Afterwards, he wanted to take me to Codmother for fish and chips.  What a place.  Great fish though.

As I was driving down of Friday and listening to BBC Radio 4, I heard this commentary by A.L. Kennedy and found it interesting.  You can either read it here, or better yet listen to the podcast here. I found it very touching.

Peta Pixel/Peabody Essex Museum/Farnham’s

Posted in Architecture, Art, Asylums, Buildings, Family, Fish, Food, Fried Clams, Friends, Travel, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 18/06/2014

There was a very nice mention of the suitcases project on PetaPixel yesterday. Thanks DL Cade!

Cristine, our friend Kate, and I drove to Salem today to see the J M W Turner exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum.  It is amazing and worth the trip.  No photos allowed in the gallery, but it is a very cool museum.  Note the early Airstream trailer (lower right) that is part of the mid century LA exhibit.

We then drove up to Essex to eat some clams at Farnham’s.  For those of you who follow this site, I have posted about this place before.

The upcoming 10 days are going to be very hectic for me, so please be patient if I don’t respond directly to email.  I’ll do my best.

I-95

Posted in Automobiles, Family, Fish, Fishing, Nature, Transportation, Travel, Water, Weather by joncrispin on 21/01/2014

I was meant to be driving to DC as I am writing this, but due to the winter storm nailing the I-95 corridor, I ended up leaving last night.  I stopped just North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, got a room for a few hours and was on the road again by 6.30 this morning.  It started snowing just after I parked in Peter’s apartment building in DC, and now at 2.15 it is really coming down.  And cold to boot.  I really wanted to make it here today as it is his 25th birthday.  We’ll get to spend the whole day together and then go out to dinner somewhere in the neighborhood this evening.

Tomorrow I am off to Tilghman to shoot Chesapeake Bay related artifacts for the Watermen’s Museum.  Originally Peter Carroll was going to be shooting video as well, but he basically had no safe way of getting here from Ithaca due to the weather.  He and I have been working on the island on and off for over 5 years now and it is such an interesting place. / The second of his films about the watermen and their families will be shown on Maryland Public Television Tuesday, 23rd April at 8.30 PM.  Here is a teaser.  And here is a link to an earlier post of mine about one aspect of the project.

Sunday in PA and Ohio

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Cities, Family, Fish, History, Landscape, Nature, Plants, Sport, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 12/08/2012

Today, Peter and I drove from Meadville to Cleveland, mostly on Route 322.  It was a cool gray morning and 322 is a road that I have ridden on and driven many times.  The fields were so green and lush; soy beans and field corn grown mostly on small family farms.  I had wanted to stop and photograph on our way to the Indians game, but I felt a bit of pressure to get to the stadium and park with plenty of time to spare.  It was a great game for the many Sox fans that made the trip with Boston winning 14-1.  Afterwards Peter and I had an amazing meal at Mallorca.

As we were driving back to Meadville I was again taken by the rural beauty of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  The roads are in quite good shape and the farms are nicely kept.  This shot is facing East on Ohio Route 167 not far from the PA line.  There was so little traffic that I just stopped the car in the road to take it.

I stopped to photograph the fields on the way home and found myself thinking about the farmers in the midwest who are suffering through one of the worst droughts in recent history.  Not four hundred miles west of here in Indiana the corn is dying for lack of rain.  And yet the farmers in this part of the world seem to be in the midst of a bumper crop. I actually thought that if the Indiana farmers saw these fields they might cry.

And finally, our route back to Meadville took us through Linesville, PA.  I got the chance to show Peter the famous spillway on Pymatuning Lake where the “ducks walk on the fishes backs”.  I know it is really bizarre, but it is something I grew up with and it doesn’t seem that weird.  We met a nice woman who is driving across the country visiting places like this.  Here’s a link to her blog.

Aquarium

Posted in Animals, Community, Fish, Water, Windows by joncrispin on 18/07/2012

I had a shoot in Northampton this afternoon and Peter came along to help me out.  As we were walking from Osaka restaurant after a bite to eat we passed a new (to us anyway) store that sold aquarium fish.  The tetras in the tank by the window caught our eye.

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