Photography Tradition Endures Through Generations

There’s no time like the present to do what you love. Years ago that sentiment became a popular catch phrase following the book  publication, “Do what you love and the money will follow,” by Marsha Sinetar. The idea to pursue a life passion as a career choice seems a no brainer to finding job satisfaction.

Jay Misencik’s career choice was influenced by uncle Ed Brinsko (1927-1995,) a photojournalist and lifelong Bridgeport resident who worked for The Post Publishing Co., (CT Post).

In January 2015 Jay Misencik and partner Geralene Valentine, both self-employed photographers, and Brinsko’s son Ed Brinsko, assembled a month long Connecticut photo exhibit held at McLevy Hall in Bridgeport . The show titled, “ReVisit Bridgeport … Photographs by Ed Brinsko,” showcased Ed Brinsko’s work which spanned decades. Ed Brinsko and Misencik frequently accompanied Brinsko on assignment where they learned to develop film and print enlargements in the darkroom. Print and film processing is considered  a craft compared to digital photography with its ease of use and immediate results.

Ed Brinsko imagery for 'Revisit Bridgeport' exhibit. Photo courtesy by Jay Misencik

Ed Brinsko imagery for ‘Revisit Bridgeport’ exhibit.
Photo courtesy by Jay Misencik

The photos are stories unto themselves. Brinsko captured hard news, celebrities and street photography in a way that is both portrait and document. Michael Daly, Connecticut Post editorial page editor, presented a discussion on Brinsko’s work to a room at full capacity of retired news journalists and Bridgeport residents.

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January 2015 “ReVisit Bridgeport … Photographs by Ed Brinsko,” McLevy Hall in Bridgeport, CT

Analog photography is a longer process than digital photography. That’s what makes Brinsko’s images special. Brinsko didn’t have the luxury of seeing what the picture looked like immediately. His talent, his eye for capturing the right moment is evident in each image in the collection.

Standing room only at 'Revisit Bridgeport Photos by Ed Brinsko' talk during month long exhibit. © Margaret Waage Photography

Standing room only at ‘Revisit Bridgeport Photos by Ed Brinsko’ talk during month long exhibit. © Margaret Waage Photography

2014 Jay Misencik documents Bridgeport through photography projects. Miscenik and partner Geraline Valentine have spent twenty years photographing Bridegport in ‘Main Street Bridgeport’ and current ‘Bridgeport Portrait’ projects. © Margaret Waage Photography

Misencik and Valentine have documented Bridgeport for over twenty years beginning with ‘Main Street Bridgeport’ series and now, through their ‘Bridgeport Portrait Project’ series. Misencik like Brinsko, is interested in portraying those individuals who have spent time in Bridgeport. From office worker to outdoor laborer, Misencik says, “It’s the stories people tell that in turn, tell the story of a place.”


Misencik is interested in hearing from those who can share their memories of The Palace Theater, a cornerstone to culture in Bridgeport.

Misencik wishes to show something new by recounting recollections and in doing so, pay tribute to the idea of time and place in history. The Palace Theater remains a significant part of a changing neighborhood.

It’s the tradition of storytelling that Misencik and Valentine practice. “Whether shooting digital or analog photography, doesn’t matter as much as how one approaches an assignment,” said Misencik.

“Photography is more about practicing the craft of capturing a moment in time. Anticipating that is what makes a good photograph.” Ed Brinsko would have been proud.

Historic Building Restored Anew

Take a walk along Southington’s Rails To Trails and signs of yesteryear are hard to miss.Old buildings and remains of the old rail system that once ran along the Farmington canal can be seen beneath the grass. Freight transportation running between New Haven to Northhampton, Mass. carried Southington manufactured war supplies over the course of several decades from the late 1800’s up to the second World War.


One building in particular called the Milldale Depot was quite the hub of activity in the height of its day. The Depot is located near the former Clark Bros. Bolt Co. building in the Milldale section of Southington.

The refurbished Depot opened in 2013 after volunteers worked on the structure. Owners of Southington Paint donated materials and time to give the exterior a bright new fresh coat of red colored paint.Eagle Scout Casolo painted the interior walls along with clean up provided by The Southington Parks and Recreation Department. Display cases built by the Kiwanis Club show artifacts donated by the Southington Historical Society.

Light Signal

Light Signal

The linear trail itself is an asset to Southington, and with the historic pitstop along the way, visitors have the opportunity to stop in and take a look back in time during a weekend walk. The Milldale Depot museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Work gloves and box.

Work gloves and box.

Video as Personal History

I’m kind of new to video posting. I’ve been making still imagery for some time and using continuous camera recording takes some getting used to. Unlike recording single moments in photography, video literally gives voice to what’s happening in two ways.

I’m sure there’s a name for this distinction. The closest definitions of style is mockumentary and documentary.  While my vblog is neither, I got a feeling of what a mockumentary might be like when I asked the subjects to speak directly into camera. That felt similar to what taking a photograph is like in that an expected result is anticipated and the camera operator records that as an observer.

If however the videographer narrates over what is being filmed then it’s more like a documentary with voice over captioning.

The following is reflection of my life over the last two days. We celebrated a family milestone and it seemed a good subject to share: The Day After

Doing this video homework assignment, reminded me of how many different film genres there are. What are your favorites and why? Do you think one genre (documentary) has a more authentic feel over another (horror, fantasy, comedy) or is that like comparing apples to oranges?