New York City: The glory social club, 1998

Glory. Social. Club.

This is my most popular photograph. 

I’ve been holding onto it. Waiting for the right time to post it. Memorial day is the right time. 

The photograph is: 

Funny/Sad/Interesting/Cutting/Poignant/Ugly/Beautiful/Silly/Serious 

What is the Glory Social Club? I don’t know. 

This is what I know about it: 

  1. It’s in Brooklyn.
  2. Old guys hang out there.
  3. It needs new members.

How can that guy on the right sit so close to the window?  Does anyone out there know these fellows? It’s been 12 years since I took the photo. 

On this Memorial Day I wish to say Thank You to all veterans, living or deceased. Thank you for your efforts, your dedication and your sacrifices. 

I never entered the service. None of my friends entered the service. The only members of my family that have served were my Father, Father in Law and my Brother in Law. I’ve never known what it feels like to be a part of the armed forces. I’ll probably never serve. I’m too old to and they wouldn’t want a used up photographer like me anyhow. 

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Photo tips: 

Camera used: Pentax Spotmatic. 50mm 1.7 lens. Tri-x film. Exposure unknown. 

It happened in an instant. I saw the window, walked up to it and snapped the image. 

 A photograph is made in a wink. 1/60th of a second, 1/250th of a second or sometimes even a faster 1/2000th of second. 

Photography is a stab, painting a meditation 

Henri Cartier-Bresson 

-Jon Ball is a photographer living in Boise, Idaho. His formal portraiture can be found at www.studiojonball.com. Thank you for reading photo tips.

4 comments

  1. this is such a great photo! this has been my burning question regarding this photo: What exactly IS the Glory Social Club?

    It look like they sit around and watch people walk by….

  2. Great photo. It got me curious, the Glory Social Club is a men-only club for WW2 veterans, apparently.

  3. I know the man on the left. Thats my great uncle John Amato. I hung out there as a kid while my grandfather played cards. My grandfather was one of the original memebers (jellybeans)…

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