For my dad’s birthday yesterday, we went over to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk for @Pepsi’s #RealBigSummer initiative. Not only was there the world’s largest claw machine ever, they were also giving away amazing trips and prizes to people in the crowd!
It was a very cool event, which got even more crazy when they called up our family to the stage! Partnering with @UnitedWay, we were chosen as a local family affected by Superstorm Sandy to particate in Pepsi’s giant claw machine with a special golden ball just for us. Much to our surprise we won a family vacation to Key West including sailing, biking, scuba diving, and some great photo equipment!
Needless to say it was an overwhelming day for us all yesterday, and we couldn’t be more excited to go on our first vacation together since the storm nearly two years ago. It’ll be a great break for us all, and we can’t thank @Pepsi and @UnitedWay enough! It’s a great feeling to know that our communities and all the families affected by Sandy are still in people’s thoughts and hearts, and that amazing people are still helping us out in any way they can. 🙏 (at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk)
Hoping everyone has had a wonderful day, we’ve certainly had a basket of fun over here that’s for sure! (at Bay Head, NJ)
Kerri Sullivan / March 30, 2014
For the last day of March through the beginning of April (March 31-April 5), we’re featuring Darren Erbe (@darrenerbe). He makes so many beautiful images in New Jersey, has a decent following, and organized the NJ instameet. We talked with him and some of what he had to say surprised us—particularly how he isn’t entirely comfortable labeling himself as a photographer. Here’s what he has to say about living and shooting in New Jersey.
Let’s get this question out of the way—why are you a photographer? How did you get to where you are?In all honesty, it’s hard for me to even think of myself as a photographer. I do enjoy exploring and taking photos, but I really have little idea what I’m doing the majority of the time. I just learn as I go, and that all started for me a little over 4 years ago when I was a freshman in college. I have no idea why or what happened to me, but one day I suddenly had the urge to go out and take some pictures. I’ve been taking photos ever since. I started out using my mom’s old dslr, and once I met Haley (@thesecondgleam) I began to gravitate towards film. It may be hard to tell from my Instagram feed, but I actually prefer film over digital. I only really started shooting with my iPhone because it was convenient and it saved me a lot of money. Shooting with instant film on the side, I’ve actually really enjoyed pushing the limits of my iPhone when it comes to photography. That, combined with the Instagram community we’ve all come to love, I feel I’ve grown a lot the past couple years when it comes to my photography. I still rely heavily on intuition and feel more than anything else, but I have picked up some good learning points along the way that have really helped me.
This week I’ll be posting on the jerseycollective collect over on instagram so be sure to go check them out! Here’s a short interview they’ve done with me if anyone is interested.
March 24-29 is going to be a little different for us—we’re featuring Haley Decker, a Pennsylvania resident. While she was one of the organizers behind this weekend’s NJ Instameet, so she is clearly invested in the New Jersey photography community. We talked with her about what she thinks of New Jersey, shooting film, and how her relationship affects her work.
Interview by Kerri Sullivan.
So, Haley, you aren’t actually from NJ, huh.
Well, I live so close to NJ and I spend half if not more of my time there (I work in Jersey). I think Jersey is a beautiful & diverse state that has a lot of activities & lovely places to offer!
My better half is going to be the featured photographer for @jerseycollective over on instagram this week so be sure to check it out! Also a wonderful interview above about such a wonderful person. :)
Just when we thought that we were going to turn up empty on yet another one of our vulpus vulpus expeditions, we stumbled across this friendly fox on the drive back. The 2-year wait was well worth the five minutes we spent with this guy on Sunday. (at Island Beach State Park)
Some random polaroids: Pocono Edition. (Part 5/5)
Some random polaroids. (Part 4/5)
Some random polaroids. (Part 3/5)
Some random polaroids. (Part 2/5)
Some random polaroids. (Part 1/5)
My archive series has come to a close, so now over the next several days I’d like to share some of my polaroids. Most of them have never been seen by anyone before, namely because I never got around to scanning them until recently. The scans hardly do these photographs justice, but they are still worth sharing with you all. Kicking of this series with a shot of my little brother taken this past summer.