Jon Crispin's Notebook

Artists / Marc Castelli

Posted in Art, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 20/02/2014

Whenever I photograph artists, I always like to get a few shots of the mixture of paints on their palettes.

Today as part of the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum work, Peter Carroll and I went to Chestertown, MD and videotaped and photographed the artist Marc Castelli.  His main focus is working with, and learning about the lives of the watermen.  He spends a few days a week out on the bay with them,  then goes back to his studio and produces beautiful paintings of life on the water.

Tomorrow, I go back to shooting Tilghman artifacts, which is always fascinating.

My Kickstarter suitcases appeal had a good day today with 2 different $500 backers as well as some great other supporters .  We are down to 12 days to go and I am really working hard to spread the word.  Thanks to all of you followers of this blog who have helped out so far.

Tilghman Again

Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Buildings, Travel by joncrispin on 19/02/2014

I drove to Tilghman today for several days of shooting for the Waterman’s Museum.  The sun was setting just as I crossed the Knapps Narrows Bridge and I stopped to take a few shots.  I love this little bridge tender’s building.  It is purportedly the busiest drawbridge in the US.  / Looking forward to hanging with the Tilgman folks and working with Peter Carroll; it is always fun and they are so welcoming to us.  And I am REALLY looking forward to Saturday’s Oyster and Ham dinner at the church.

Danger / Invisible Laser Beam

Posted in Asylums, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 13/12/2013

I really liked this case when I shot it on Wednesday.  It belonged to Mabel Y.  The pattern on it is actual weave as opposed to a fake print pattern made to look like weave.  It, like many of the suitcases, has no means to support the top when opened, so Peg and I are constantly coming up with some way to hold it upright for the photograph.

Here is one of our usual tricks.  My parents gave me this thermos for my birthday at least 30 years ago.  I always make a pot of milky tea for the drive over to Rotterdam, and since the storage facility is very chilly in the Winter months it is great to have something warm during the day.  The laser beam sticker comes from my great friend Peter Carroll who seems to pick up things like this on occasion.  /  You can see Peg in the background working on her computer.  She created an amazing database into which we can enter all the pertinent information about each case, its contents, and the owner.  She is doing her best keeping me and the project organized, and I am so grateful for her help and support.

Tilghman Island / New Orleans

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, Cities, Family, Friends, Jon Crispin, Nature, Rivers, Travel, Weather by joncrispin on 25/03/2013

I am going to break a few of my self-imposed rules in this post.  I have always assumed that the reason people come to this site was to see interesting aspects of the world that they might not otherwise notice.  I have never wanted it to be about me.  But this post is mostly  personal.

Peter Carroll and I have been working on a project on Tilghman Island for the past several years.  In conjunction with the Tilghman Island Waterman’s Museum, we have been documenting the life of the watermen for two films that Peter has been shooting.  The second of those films had its premier on Saturday evening at the elementary school.  The auditorium was full and everyone loved it.

Then on Sunday Cristine and I flew to New Orleans where she was to receive an award from the Commission on Adult Basic Education.  We walked around the city most of the day yesterday and it was as amazing to me as everyone said it would be.

Cris got the Kenneth J. Mattran Award for “Promoting Literacy Nationally and Internationally”.  I was so proud and it was great to see people come up to her and thank her for being so inspirational.

After the luncheon we bugged out and walked back to the French Quarter.  I would love to have seen this neon sign lit up, but The Pearl was closed today.  Next stop was Cafe´du Monde for beignets and coffee.  Later as we were walking down an almost totally deserted RiverWalk, we saw a video crew doing a stand up shot of a guy with the river in the background. It turned out to be Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel.

So here’s where I really break my self-imposed rule (don’t ever have a picture of me in this blog).  My great friend Tania Werbizky has at various times in her life been totally obsessed with the Weather Channel.  After Jim was done with his work, I approached him and asked if I could take a photograph.  He was so nice and immediately suggested that he and I be in the shot.  So Tania, I mentioned you to Jim effing Cantore.  How’s about that?

Our hotel is just next to the Superdome and this is the view from the 17th floor hallway. / It is impossible to walk around this city and not think of hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused.  And looking at this building that housed so many people in such great need is more than a bit unsettling.  This is an amazing part of America and I feel fortunate to have finally made it down here.

Golden Coffee

Posted in Architecture, Food by joncrispin on 11/02/2013

My flight to San Francisco went smoothly.  I am staying at the same part of town where Claire Larkin, Peter Carroll, and I stayed when we were working on a project for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  We came to Golden Coffee for breakfast most mornings.  It is fabulous.  They were still closed this morning when I went out to get tea, but I’ll head over there in a bit to have breakfast and then off to the Exploratorium.

Brockport, NY

Posted in Advertising, Architecture, Bridges, Buildings, Friends, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 14/09/2012

I’m in Brockport shooting a job for MJ Herson and the college.  Peter Carroll is here too and he and I had a nice meal at a local pub.  It is an interesting little town on the Erie Canal and the people here are very nice.

We didn’t go into Barber’s but they had great neon.

Tilghman in Transition

Posted in Animals, Fishing, Food, Friends, People, Rivers, Water, Work by joncrispin on 28/07/2012

The second film Peter is shooting deals with the transitions that Tilghman folks have been making as a result of the changing situation with the bay.  Larry Gowe was in the Navy and when he returned to the island he used what he learned in the service and became an appliance repairman.

His brother Edward works at Walton’s Seafood counting and sorting crabs.

And this is Darnell Murray who was working at Walton’s with Edward.  Darnell was in the Marines for 18 years and served for most of that time on the USS Nimitz.  His grandparents worked at the Tilghman Packing Company.

Here’s one of the soft crabs from this morning’s catch.  We had some for dinner the other night.  Really tasty.

The folks at Tilghman have really opened up their lives to us.  Peter and I have made some very close friends.

Tilghman Again

Posted in Friends, Landscape, Nature, Water by joncrispin on 28/07/2012

Peter Carroll and I are back on Tilghman Island on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake.  It has been very hot and humid.  We’ve been shooting the watermen doing their work and it has been, as always, a great experience.  Our very generous hosts have a pool right on the Choptank river and at the end of a long day of shooting it felt great to cool off.  Here is Peter looking really good.

Hay Bales

Posted in Food, Friends, People, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 29/06/2012

 I shot suitcases in Rotterdam yesterday and then drove to Ithaca.  On 206 between Green and Whitney Point I began to notice the big bales of hay that dot the landscape at this time of year.  My friend Bill Marsh used to tell his daughter that they were giant shredded wheats.

Later in the evening Peter Carroll and I went to the Glenwood Pines for a bite to eat.  I hadn’t been there in a long time.

GoPro

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, Food, Friends, People, Travel by joncrispin on 22/01/2012

Cris dropped me off in Harrisburg where my good pal Peter Carroll picked me up on Friday morning.  We drove down to DC to spend some time with his family.  On our way we stopped in Dillsburg, PA at a great diner for a bite to eat.  Peter and I have travelled together so many times, and it is always fun.  He got this little GoPro video camera recently and has been goofing around with it. It also takes amazing stills.

Over the years we have taken so many goofy pictures of each other.  Here’s another one.  We didn’t try any of the cakes in the case, but I was sorely tempted.

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