Jon Crispin's Notebook

Roosevelt Island Talk

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The Roosevelt Island Suitcases talk went really well.  Took this photo from the Tramway on the way back to Grand Central.

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I made it back just in time to get the 9.06 to New Haven.

Thanks to Judy Berdy of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for inviting me back.  It was a lovely evening.

Julianne Wick Davis / Grand Central Station

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The evening at Joe’s Pub was amazing.  Julianne Wick Davis’ song cycle based on my suitcases photos was really incredible.  I was completely blown away by her talent and drive to get this going.  The project is still in the early stages of development, but it is so exciting to have been an inspiration to her. / I was so thrilled that my buddy from Wittenberg, Chris Brigham came out from Chicago for the event.  It was so great to see her.

I am on the Metro North train heading back to New Haven which goes in and out of Grand Central Station.

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It is quite a place.

The suitcases site has been having a slew of problems of late.  We are close to getting it sorted and it is currently back up and running.  It appears that it has been innundated with bot attacks attempting to take over the site.  Thanks to Steve Fox at Born Digital for all his hard work.  It has been very frustrating and costly, but fingers crossed we are working towards a resolution.  Cheers all, and thanks for following.

 

 

Miscellaneous Stuff

Posted in Architecture, Art, Asylums, Cities, People, Transportation, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 03/03/2014

It has seemed that for the past three weeks, my life has been consumed by the Kickstarter appeal.  It has been a great, if not intense, experience.  What I like most is that I am meeting such interesting people who are drawn to the project.  Paul Mullins is a professor of anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and he just posted a great piece on his wordpress site.  Here is the link.  I like how serious academics have taken to thinking and writing about the suitcases.

Last Wednesday I drove to Exeter, NH to photograph the poet Willie Perdomo for Poets & Writers Magazine.  He is an amazing guy, and we had a tremendous dialogue about art, creativity, and life in general.  The story will run in the May/June issue.  I’ll post a link when it is online.  He generously gave me a copy of his new book and I had fun reading it on the train back from New York on Saturday evening.

I was in the city for a memorial service for the husband of a good friend who I met through the suitcases project.  I am reminded again and again how way beyond photography the cases are for me.  The service was very moving, and as these events often do, it reinforced the idea that friendship, love and a simple appreciation of being alive and healthy are what it is all about.  So thanks to all of you who are reaching out.  The connections mean so much to me.

Grand Central

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, Cities, History, Travel by joncrispin on 20/02/2012

Here’s another shot from Grand Central.  I was a bit disorientated because I have been up on this balcony on the East side of the station many times.  It always used to be just an open space with people milling around and taking pictures just like this one.  It is an Apple Store now.  As soon as you walk up the stairs, there is a greeter asking if you need help.  Things change, I guess.  A very long time ago Kodak used most of the wall behind me for a giant Kodachrome image.  Now Kodak is bankrupt and Apple is in charge.  Interesting.

Oyster Bar

Posted in Architecture, Art, Buildings, Cities, Food, History, Travel by joncrispin on 19/02/2012

Sorry, it’s been a while. /  I took the Metro North train from New Haven to New York on Friday.  I could have taken Amtrak from Springfield, but it goes into Penn Station and I prefer Grand Central.  I arranged to arrive with time to spare, so I had some Cotuits and a pan roast at the Oyster Bar. / Just after my Kickstarter page went up, Zoe Crossland from Columbia University contacted me about coming down to give a seminar on the Willard suitcases project.  She connected me with Brian Boyd who set it all up, and at 5.30 I was sitting in a room with a great group of faculty and students from the anthropology and archeology departments.  I was hoping for lots of feedback and dialogue and wasn’t disappointed.  I showed selected photos from what I have done so far and we had a great discussion. / Had a very productive day at the museum last Thursday and will be back shooting in the next few days.

Grand Central Station

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

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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.

Oyster Bar

Posted in Food, People by joncrispin on 23/04/2010

Without a doubt, one of my favorite places in the world in the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station.  Had some Cotuits and Blue Points and then a great pan roast before getting on the train to come home.


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