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New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:37 am

Today is August 18th and for those of you that may not know New York's "favorite son photographer" Joe Pries is on his way to his new home in Charlotte. I'm sure he'll miss the New York bagels (sorry it's the only place you can get real bagels), the subway ride to work, the billions of people banging into you as you walk down the street, not to mention the 747s going over his apartment at 300 feet, and, of course, the smell of all the international foods being served as you walk down the streets. He's trading all that in for the open space and traffic jams of Charlotte, southern fried chicken, chitlins and homony, and instead of the roar of those powerful 747 jet engines over his apartment I'm sure he'll enjoy the whine of those Beech 1900Ds as they pass over on their way to CLT.

But, seriously, I just wanted to say thanks Joe and we'll miss you. Joe was one of the first to extend the hand of friendship when I first started uploading to A.net and in the past year I'd like to think we've become friends. We've seen each other numerous times and shared some good times shooting and at slide shows. We'll miss you so come back often as you've promised to do. We'll keep the light on, well, only is there isn't another major blackout and if there is just look for the candle it will be burning.

Good luck to you, Jessica and Alana in your new surroundings.

Anne and Art
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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:40 am

Good luck Joe- its always a pleasure using your site (AT)!

Are you going to go back for the last BA Concorde? Wish I could make it- never been lucky to see it in the air.

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:48 am

We finally got rid of Joe!!!! Yipeeeeeeeeeeee  Big grin

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:19 am

K-man told me that yesterday, i was quite stunned when I heard it.

That means no more Canon shooters at JFK, thank good.
Good job, Art, Mike and Carlos...you finally made him leave.........  Big grin

No seriously, I will miss crooked eye inflight Joe's work from New York.

Good luck down south. Charlotte is a nice city and ATL is only a good 5 hour ride away. So now you have to learn Southern....right on!~

Well at least CLT is a lot cheaper than NYC. I once got an offer to go to GSP, checked the cost of living index, back then BOS was 140% and GSP around 85 whereas NYC was around 200% or so....

Good luck Joe. US Airways has nice planes too!

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:51 am

I can never think of JFK without thinking of Joe; he's an institution.

Apart from A.net itself, locally, Joe was the nexus for so many people getting together.

I know he'll be back in NY on many assignments, but he'll be missed day-to-day. I hope he can still find the time to work the perimeter once in a while and maybe sneak up behind me again some day with a gruff, "Hey, Buddy, Nice Camera!"  Smile

As for Charlotte, we all know Joe will turn those little planes to gold if he wants to...and, he'll be closer to MIA.

A better quality of baseball in NC no doubt, than in Queens.

Good luck Joe...


RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:12 am

Can you honestly imagine a New Yooker trying to speak in a southern accent and not laugh about it?! Good luck Joe, I know you will enjoy the change of pace.
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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 4:35 am

Moving to Charlotte, switching to Provia.......what's next, buying some Nikons? Big grin

Hope te move went smoothly, and I'm sure we'll visit you there someday, if not certainly in some other part of the world Smile!

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 6:59 am

One of my biggest regrets is not having had the chance to meet Joe. Many of us here look up to photographers as sports stars, adn Joe Pries is certainly the Ken Griffey of aviation photography, going yard everytime.

If you folks think Nikon is so superior, iamgine how much better he'd be if he used one!

Good luck with all, Joe. Perhaps one day i'll get the chance to shake you hand and have you autograph my Mar/Apr 2003 issue of Airliners that I've been holding onto for.


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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:14 am

Hahaha.....Phil, I like that: Joe is the Ken Griffey of aviation photography!!

Well there certainly wont be the variety of traffic in CLT but I'm sure that Joe can and will continue to travel and bring us photos from all over. Don't forget, the good photos didn't end when Vasco left Boston so I'm sure Joe will do fine.

congrats Joe, I assume its a job related move?

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:34 am

I think Joe Pries is more the Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa of aviation photography. Ken Griffey really sucks now. Have fun in CLT, seems like a nice place!

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:36 am


Ever had a grit? (watch My Cousin Vinny before you leave...)

Best of luck on the move.

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:09 am

I second Phil in that I lament not having met Joe. But I hope o one day meet. Best of luck in your move and hope to see you here on anet sometime buddy.

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:48 am

I'll add my best wishes in here as well - Welcome to the South, Joe! I'm sure you'll perhaps enjoy CLT a bit...and I will look forward to seeing what you can do there...

Remember Joe, TRI is just a short 3 hour drive away from CLT but I won't be here for much longer, JAX will be my new home come Friday...if you ever would like to visit a "real" airport, haha...in all seriousness, best of luck to you and your family

Jonathan D.

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:47 am

Better look for a good Chinese buffet in CLT so next time I can come we can clean out that place.  Big grin All the best. Its been much a pleasure meeting you 3 times last 6 months. Thanks for the slide show, dinners organised when I was in NYC. Surly missed them all. See you at FRA and MIA show

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 11:25 am

I honestly think it is New York's Gain and Charlotte's Loss that Joe is moving down to the South...........I don't think Joe can handle all of us "rednecks" down in this area...........ha ha ha !!

Joe might be changing locations, he might even be changing to Fuji, but he isn't STUPID and he hasn't TOTALLY lost his mind. He will still be shooting with FAR SUPERIOR Canon equipment than all of you wannabes with your plastic Nikons.............. Smile !!

Just stirring up the pot............and in a kiddingly manner...........no flames !!

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Tue Aug 19, 2003 11:50 am

man you guys are all beautiful, thanks alot and thanks Art for being the catalyst of all this. Indeed this was a BIG move for me and my small family (wife and 2 year old girl)- we left our entire families in NY to come down here with no family at all. When my job offered me a voluntary relocation I jumped at it- because as Vasco said, buying a home in New York today is an insane proposition, unless you dont mind spending $400,000 for a 55 year old house that needs about $100,000 of work and pay about $7,000 in taxes, and insure one car for $2,000 a year. Makes it a bit tough on a young family with only one person working. Having said all that guys, lets put it in perspective- JFK-CLT is 650 miles -what is 650 miles? 10 hours of driving. Not the end of the world to do numerous times a year- so I may not live at JFK (those who knew my old apartment know what i mean), but i'll be there often enough and we'll still do slide shows, but at Art's house  Big grin -that I promise and look forward to it and look forward to meeting you Phil, Mario and seeing all the regulars. Anyway, just wanted to thank y'all again (thats about as Southern as I get Jay  Big grin ) and i'm always glad to be a part of this great forum with a great bunch of guys from all over the world. And one thing about me, i dont just love airline photography, its a disease, its a passion that is indescribable and only some of you nutjobs like myself can understand what it is to have this insanity running through your veins- its a wonderful disease to have.

Sam, there are TONS of BBQ places here, Chinese buffets- whatever you want, when we get the house and I organize a slide/digital gettogether we'll eat like the pigs that we are...  Big grin


RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Wed Aug 20, 2003 2:04 pm

Jay - last time I looked, Nikon were metal and Canola, I mean Canons were plastic.......

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Wed Aug 20, 2003 4:39 pm

Good luck down south Bucky and make sure to watch out for the cow poop.  Big grin
If and when jetBlue starts up CLT service might be more cost/time effective to just fly up for your monthly visits north. Either way brotha, see ya sooner or later! Now if we could only get ride of Monsoon Boy and his curse.  Big grin

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Thu Aug 21, 2003 12:51 am

Good luck with you Joe!! I will be moving in at Lewis University this weekend and I may make LOT my home airport, just working there on the ramp with private jets and planes from the school but I will still go to ORD and MDW for spotting trips and when you're planning to come to ORD or MDW let me know!
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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:50 am

Hey Joe, all the best from small ZRH! Still welcome to tour the ramp at any time (provided I have the time)!

Hugs and kisses to Jessie and Alana! Cheers

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RE: New York's Loss In Charlotte's Gain

Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:54 pm

Instead of saying goodbye, let me be one of the few to say Welcome. I am kind of new to Charlotte myself, well if you count two years as being new. Charlotte is a big change from the Northeast, but for most people it's a nice change. It's a young city, very clean, friendly people for the most part, and ever growing. I know CLT is no JFK in terms of traffic and wide body types, but I think you will find it spotter friendly. If you ever would like to meet up sometime at the airport once your settled in, I can show you around to some locations that I know of. You may also want to join a yahoo group called Plane Spotting CLT.


There you will find other photographers and spotters from the area. Maybe we can arrange a group to get together and all meet you one day. By the end of the day I am sure you will be showing us locations we didn't even know about.

Anyway, all the best at your new home, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Charlotte in general or the airport.
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