Remember Tyler Clementi


(If you are already familiar with this story, please join the memorial page for Tyler on facebook. I am sure Tyler’s family will find comfort in the over 40,000 people that have joined as of the time this was written. If you are not already familiar with this story, please read this article.)

Normally this site is about my art. For this post I am writing about someone else who enjoyed art. Past tense. This week a disgusting act occurred at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei decided that broadcasting Tyler Clementi, Ravi’s roommate, having sex was worthy of sharing with the whole world. Dharun seemed to be fed up with Tyler a mere few weeks into the 2010 school year.

The internet can be a beautiful place that brings people together or it can be a very dangerous weapon. The next time you post something online, make sure it’s not going to drive someone over the edge. A lot of people are on the edge. If you have a heart and can see that, don’t be the dickhead that pushes them to end their life. Be the person that extends a hand and does the right thing.Remember Tyler Clementi light version

Everyone has faced a bully at some point in their life. There comes a point where you either stand up to them or succumb to their constant ridicule and berating. The next time you are listening to music, imagine that somebody’s dream of playing music was destroyed by people who couldn’t just leave them be.

Rest in peace, Tyler. I hope your story resonates with people for a very long time.

Segway Safety Tip

Man on Segway near cliff

People die every day. Sometimes it’s by choice. Sometimes it’s because they’ve done something incredibly stupid. Today I heard that the owner of Segway perished off of a cliff. On his own product. Do people really need to be told not to ride a glorified Pogo Stick near the edge of a cliff? If you are the type of person that does this type of stupid thing, please take a look at the image to the left. It could save your life.

New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Looking for a photographer for your wedding? A friend’s wedding? And, hey, if you are in need of a wedding celebrant I’ve worked alongside my good friend and wedding celebrant Dana Zipkin. My range as a photographer is not limited to just weddings. This is a good thing! This keeps me refreshed creatively and emotionally interested. Which gives you the best possible results!

Other services offered:

  • Engagement session
  • Final images in downloadable format
  • Final images in printed format (Easy to order directly from the web site!)

Since I handle all of my own retouching, you will receive final images that I am proud of. This translates into images you will be proud to show friends and family.

MusicFest 2010

Union County MusicFest logoThat Werks photography was on display at the Union County MusicFest in Clark, NJ from September 11-12. The main objective was to have people drop by the FUSION art booth and pick up FREE 5″ x 7″ prints of various subject matter. Paradise Bikinis models, rock stars, wedding receptions, animals, bellydancers and landscapes were among some of the freebies.

One of the Paradise Bikinis models even dropped by the booth and posed with the framed group shot. Thanks to Valerie from Paradise Bikinis for providing this photo!Paradise Bikinis model with framed print

I also had the opportunity to photograph THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM on the Crossroads/101.9 WRXP stage @ 4:00PM. I needed a press pass so that I’d be free to take photos with being harassed by concert organizers/police. There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute and Joey (lead guitarist) literally handed me the pass as he was tuning his awesome mirrored guitar. That’s rock and roll, folks! Check out the photos of THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM performing live at MusicFest 2010!

Chris Sztybel taking photos of THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMI made sure to enjoy the music as I took photos. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I am doing that I fail to enjoy whatever moment I’m in. (Valerie also took a few shots of me in action!) The band kicked ass and, like most bands, sounded better live. That’s something that can’t be captured in a studio.

Canon Pro9500 Printer

The Canon Pro9500 printer is one the best investments I’ve ever made. (It has since been replaced by the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II.) The printer handles up to 13″ x 19″ borderless prints without a problem. Ink can be a bit expensive. However, the tradeoff is that prints look absolutely stunning. You would need a magnifying glass to see dots.

My favorite brand of paper to use with this printer is Ilford Premium Pearl which was recommended to me by a photographer friend named John Lauritsen

Back to Ilford. Their premium pearl paper has a slight stipple effect. A very nice texture reminiscent of vintage photo paper. It’s sheen is somewhere between matte and gloss. Perfect for those who have a hard time making decisions. I also think their matte paper is quite nice. All of their papers have corresponding printer profiles available through Ilford’s web site.

It’s always handy to have an extra set of ten ink cartridges. The Pro9500 uses 10 cartridges to produce a wide gamut of colors. They really covered their bases here:

  • Canon PGI-9 Gray Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Green Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Red Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Black Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Matte Black Ink Cartridge

If you are looking for a printer that can handle every type of paper flawlessly, look no further. Sure it’s a nice chunk of change, but this isn’t a printer than you use for five years and throw away.

How I Met James Hannon

Lost Boys of the Bronx - The Oral History of the Ducky Boys GangMy friend and fellow comic aficionado James Hannon has released a book called “Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang”. You can purchase the printed book or downloadable book through authorhouse.

A decade ago James and I both shopped at The Little Shop of Comics in downtown Scotch Plains, NJ. At that time he needed a logo for his Lantern Media business. He still uses the logo to this day! I’d like to eventually update it a bit, but I might have a difficult time convincing him.

Without James I would have never met Steve Carlesi and countless other people over the years. So if you’re a kid reading this, buying comics is never a waste of money. It could be your big break!

So buy the book and support the guy who kick started my career.

Photoshop Contest Entry

Photoshop Contest on Neil van Niekirk's site
My entry in the contest.

Neil van Niekerk ran a Photoshop contest on his web site. The original photo featured a performer from Modern Gypsies climbing a graffiti wall. I wasn’t blown away by the winning entry. But it is what it is.

In the link below you can view the winner as well as the original image. My take is on the left.