Jon Crispin's Notebook

Eating in car

Posted in Automobiles, Cutlery, Food, People, Travel, Windows by joncrispin on 14/03/2011

Peter and I were once in Northampton at a stoplight and we noticed that the person driving the car next to us was eating a bowl of cereal while waiting for the light to change.  She saw us looking at her and smiled sheepishly.  /  I walked by a car recently and saw this bowl on the front seat.  Looks like they might have had some coffee too.

Justin McClintock

Posted in People, Windows by joncrispin on 09/02/2011

When I was in New York recently, I photographed Justin McClintock who works in theatre on and off Broadway.  His latest project is Sister Act, which opens at The Broadway Theatre in a couple of months.  He is a really nice guy and it was fun spending time with him.

Looking South

Posted in Animals, Friends, Landscape, Water, Windows by joncrispin on 04/02/2011

We are shooting at a house on a part of the island called Bar Neck.  This is the view out the back window.  The platform in the water usually has ospreys nesting on it.  Mary Kellogg says that the male usually shows up around St Patrick’s Day to establish territorial rights, and the female follows shortly thereafter.

Grand Central Station

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, People, Travel, Windows by joncrispin on 29/01/2011

Grand Central

I like taking Metro North into New York as opposed to Amtrak since the New Haven line goes into Grand Central and Amtrak goes into Penn Station.  I know this shot is a bit of a cliché, but I love it anyway.  What a place.

Tulips

Posted in Family, Flowers, Food, Plants, Windows by joncrispin on 29/11/2010

 

I made oatmeal for breakfast yesterday, and while we were eating I looked up and for the first time saw the tulips Cris had bought earlier in the week.  I am mostly shocked by my inability to see the things that are right in front of me.  I have figured out that one of the reasons that I am a photographer is that I don’t see objects unless I see them as photographs in my mind’s eye.  It can take me forever to find the GrapeNuts in the cereal aisle or to find the corn starch container in the pantry.  I usually have to call Cris for help, and she spots whatever I am looking for right away.  It was frustrating when I was younger, and I actually saw it as a disability, but lately I have come to embrace it in an odd kind of way.

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Clingstone 2

Posted in Buildings, History, Published work, Windows by joncrispin on 21/11/2010

 

I finished the Clingstone shoot for Old House Journal and delivered it at the end of the week.  The article will hit the newsstands in early March and should be worth a look.  The annual volunteer weekend is sometime around the Memorial Day weekend, and anyone who wants to help out is usually welcome.

Vinny Vella

Posted in People, Windows by joncrispin on 01/10/2010

One of the coolest aspects of Albanese’s is that it is as much a community center as a butcher shop.   A young guy from down the street came in to eat his lunch, others would chat with Moe for a few minutes then leave, and others like Vinny Vello here would hang around and give Moe the business.  Vinny is an actor (really!) and the unofficial Mayor of Elizabeth Street.  He has a new movie coming out with Christopher Walken called “The Irishman”.  Google him and check out his credits.

Albanese Meats & Poultry

Posted in Advertising, Buildings, Food, Friends, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

This block of Elizabeth Street runs just south of Houston, and I know it really well because my good friend Herman Boykin started living there in 1979.  Before I moved to the City in 1986 and while I was living there I would spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.  There were many more shops like Albanese’s back then, but the area is really different now.

Moe

Posted in Buildings, Food, History, People, Windows by joncrispin on 30/09/2010

I took the train into New York City on Tuesday and met Craig Williams at City Hall Park.  He took me over to One Liberty Plaza to meet some of the September 11 Memorial folks and have a peek at the WTC site.  We then went over to Engine Company 6 which is just an amazing place. / The main purpose of the trip was to photograph the Albanese Meats & Poultry shop on Elizabeth Street.  The history is a bit too involved to get into, but Moe has been cutting meat here for a very long time.  He worked with his mom, Mary for almost 50 years until she died in 2002 at the age of 97.  He is an amazingly nice guy.  I’ll post more soon.

Royal Palm

Posted in Buildings, Friends, History, Windows by joncrispin on 16/09/2010

Peter Carroll and I went out for Indian food in Collegtown when I was in Ithaca.  The Royal Palm has been there forever without much obvious change.  It is a pretty cool building.

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