Jon Crispin's Notebook

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.

Delaware Memorial Bridge

Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Landscape, Weather by joncrispin on 06/02/2011

Peter and I left Tilghman this morning at 5.00.  We drove in tandem until I got on 295 to go over the bridge and he went up toward Ithaca on 476.  It’s always nice to see the sun rise.

Peter Carroll

Posted in Friends, History, People by joncrispin on 06/02/2011

Here’s Peter shooting an interview for the Tilghman waterman’s project.  Each time we go back to the island we meet new people, but it is always nice to visit some of the folks we spent time with on the earlier shoots.  We got the chance to see some of our favorites which was really nice.

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.

Graham Sherwood

Posted in Friends, People by joncrispin on 04/02/2011

We are in the interview stage of the second Tilghman’s Island project.  The people down here are so warm and welcoming, and it is cool to hear them talk about their lives living and working on the Bay.  Since I was delayed in coming down here by the weather, Peter spent the day on Wednesday setting up the location.  As usual, he did an incredible job getting it to look just right.  I am so used to shooting people with available light that when I shoot with his set-up, it feels a bit like cheating.

Snow in NYC

Posted in Architecture, Automobiles, Buildings, Weather by joncrispin on 30/01/2011

Snow on Car

New York City has gotten slammed with snow this year.  On Thursday in the late afternoon when I was shooting outside of the Broadway Theatre, I saw a guy in a very late model 911 trying to park in about a foot of snow and slush.  How sad.  My first thought is that if you can afford a Porsche, you should also be able to own something that is suitable to drive in the snow. /  This car was one of many on 96th Street somewhere between Columbus and Broadway.  /  On Tuesday, I am off to Tilghman Island to continue shooting the waterman story with Peter Carroll. Can’t wait.

Millar Mitts

Posted in Clothing, Friends by joncrispin on 29/01/2011

I will admit to a certain vanity about clothing.  I mostly wear a variation of the same thing everyday, which makes life easier in the mornings.  I have a real issue with outerwear though.  I love jackets, hats and gloves.  It is probably why Summer is my least favorite time of the year. I remember as a kid in Meadville looking forward to Autumn because it meant I could wear coats again.  When I lived in Ithaca in the 70s, my friend Robby Aceto had a pair of these gloves.  There was a shop in the DeWitt Mall that sold outdoor kit and they carried Millar Mitts.  I bought a pair and completely wore them out over a period of 5 years.  Replacing my worn out pair was really difficult.  Nobody in the States seemed to carry them, and I think the company went out of business.  They were made in the UK by Millar Gloves, Bingham, Nottinghamshire.  On one of my trips to London in the mid 80s I found a single pair in a shop in the Burlington Arcade.  The backs are wool and the palms are cotton string.  Wearing them is such a treat.  The wool isn’t itchy, but you always know when you have them on.  In an odd way they are very sensual. /  I took the train to New York on Thursday for some work and since I knew I would be shooting outside, I broke out these guys. It makes me happy just to look at them.

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