Jon Crispin's Notebook

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #10)

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I have delivered all of the American Demographics photos to Hope and Feathers for framing.  I get back from Nepal on the 1st and the show will be hung on the 2nd.  The opening is Thursday the 4th.

I had heard that a house was to be moved in Ithaca and went down to hang out and watch the action.  These two guys seemed to be enjoying themselves.  You can just make out the corner of the house that is attached to this cool Peterbuilt.  Robby Aceto did a great job on the colors.

Hope to see you on the 4th.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #9)

Posted in Jon Crispin, Rivers, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 10/09/2018

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Here is another of the Soviet Union photos.  I was in Leningrad in March of 1982 and the Neva River was still mostly frozen.  From what I could tell, these women came to the river every day for a dip.  I really like how the school children are standing around watching. Another amazing hand coloring job by Robbie Aceto.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #8)

Posted in Jon Crispin, photography, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/09/2018

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I never did know if the selective hand coloring on this image was Mike Rider’s suggestion or that Robby Aceto was pinched for time when he did the work.  I do know that when he was doing these for American Demographics he was also very active as a touring musician.  He has worked a lot with  guitarist David Torn and quite a bit with David Sylvian.  When I saw Robby recently he talked about doing a gig in New York City and then coming back to his hotel room to work on photos for the magazine.  It is always possible that he just ran out of time before this issue went to press.  I look at this and imagine the sky being blue and the grass green, but the more I look at it, the more I like the fact that only the banners are colored.

The exhibit opens up in about a month.  I am really looking forward to it.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #7)

Posted in Architecture, Jon Crispin, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 28/08/2018

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Another Robby Aceto hand coloring gem.  So subtle.  I took this on a walk around residential neighborhoods of Santa Clarita, CA and had no idea what was going on with this house (I’d never seen anything like this in the East).  Some kind of art project, maybe?  It turns out it was much more prosaic than that.  Fumigation!

Things are moving ahead with the Hope and Feathers exhibit.  Postcards are printed and I would be happy to mail one to anyone who wants to send me a postal address.   Leave a comment and I will email back and get your details.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #6)

Posted in Jon Crispin, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 21/08/2018

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I was in the Soviet Union in 1982 for a few weeks.  It was an interesting trip.  I’m pretty sure this was taken at The Hermitage in Leningrad (I’ll know for sure when I get to this trip in my contact sheets).  I remember being shocked at how the art was presented.  Big windows with non UV coated glass and flourescent lighting.

My friend Ren is reflected in the glass on the right.  The two women in the center are Americans and I’m pretty sure to woman on the right was our Soviet minder.

The press release for the Hope and Feathers exhibit went out yesterday.  It is so exciting for me to see these photos after so many years in an archival box in my studio.  Thanks again to Robby Aceto for the beautiful hand coloring.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #5)

Posted in Jon Crispin, photography, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 15/08/2018

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I started going to presidential inaugurations back in the 1970s.  I think the last one I did was Clinton’s second.  I am going through my contact sheets to identify the specific dates of each photo for the Hope and Feathers / American Demographics show, so I can’t yet say what year this was taken.  I should have all the dates by the time the exhibit goes up.  I especially like Robby Aceto’s hand coloring of this shot.  Really nice.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #4)

Posted in Jon Crispin, Politics, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 09/08/2018

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Here is another shot from my upcoming American Demographics exhibit at Hope and Feathers.  I am having some serious fun looking back at these images and seeing Robby Aceto’s amazing hand coloring.

The dates are pretty much set.  Opening Thursday evening 4 October, with a gallery talk on Saturday the 20th.  I hope to see you there.

By the way, points to anyone who can identify these geezers.  Probably taken in the 80s.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #3)

Posted in Baseball, baseball stadiums, Friends, Jon Crispin, photography, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 31/07/2018

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I really like this image a lot.  This is Dan who was a friend of Don who was a friend of Herman’s when we all went to a Mets game at Shea.  If I remember correctly, Dan was a scientist of some kind and I think he might be an academic somewhere.  If I can track him down, I’ll give him this print.  Today Herman sent me Don’s phone number, so I’ll text him to see if he is still in touch with Dan.  Robby Aceto did a great job hand coloring this one.

We are in the process of finalizing the Hope and Feathers show.  Looks like the opening will be on 5 October and I will be giving a gallery talk sometime later in the month.  Details to follow.  I am really excited about this.

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit

Posted in Jon Crispin, old photographs, photography, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 11/07/2018

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I’ll write more about this later, but I wanted to start posting some of the images that will be in an exhibit at Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst this October.  The photos were all featured as illustrations for articles in American Demographics Magazine and were hand colored by the amazing Robby Aceto.  I put this photograph up on my Instagram a few days ago (jonkcrispin) and got a great comment from “thepunchandjudyman” identifying this fellow as Percy Press II.  Check out this amazing clip.  Classic Punch and Judy with a Christmas theme.

The exhibit opens on 4th October and runs through the month.  Opening reception on the 4th.  Hope (and Feathers) to see you there.

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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