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This Town Is A Mystery…

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One of my favorite moments at this year’s Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe was getting to share in Headlong Dance Theater‘s dress rehearsals for “This Town Is A Mystery”… Such a beautiful set of pieces that I wanted to share a bit of it with you:

“This Town Is A Mystery” was actually four separate performances, taking place in the homes of four different Philadelphia famili…

Philadelphia’s secret garden…

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An elevated railway high above the city, filled with wild grasses. You may have heard of New York’s High Line Park, but this isn’t it. No, Philly has it’s own secret garden, and it’s kind of way cooler.
I was recently introduced to the full extent of the Reading Viaduct’s City and 9th Street branches by the folks at ViaductGreene, and was amazed to discover the vast expanse of potential that is hidden in plain s…

Why do we compete?

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Two interesting experiences from this weekend that I’d like to share:
I spent Saturday evening onstage at the Kimmel Center, acting as a judge in Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative‘s talent show. While I’d originally been asked to act as a judge for the visual arts exhibit, I ended up being roped into judging the performance component as well. It was a pretty amazing event with a bit of a bittersweet ending for meR…

Big Band needs backing…

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I first crossed paths with Orrin Evans back in 2003, when we took some photos for his then project LUVPARK. He’s been continuing to play up a storm with a host of brilliant musicians.
If you’re into music, jazz, swing, soul, love, beauty, and that big band sound, you might want to pay attention to this.
The Captain Black Big Band is gearing up for their new recording, and they could use your help. Get on it now!
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Be safe, be involved.

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A broken bottle, a pool of blood, and a bloody trail leading across  four blocks of my neighborhood is not what I like to find first thing in the morning.
I’m not quite sure what happened here, but by 9am the firemen had already hosed it all away.
This, combined with the recent rape & robbery at 48th and Springfield are important and immediate reminders of two things:
Be safe.
We live in a city, and it is not without its dangers. The 48t…

Shale Gas Outrage

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That’s Dana Dolney.
Those breasts of hers are fake.
I first met Dana in the airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, back in 2002, long before her battle with breast cancer. I was thrilled to see her back in good health, joining the throng of citizens in the streets of Philadelphia for last week’s Shale Gas Outrage, demanding that our drinking water be protected from the carcinogens and other toxic chemicals that are being injected in…

Fear not the rain…

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We’ve had a lot of storms and rain lately, and Philadelphians are probably relieved to see sunshine on the forecast. While I like the sun, I’m always a little bit surprised to see how upset people can be by rain.
I was recently shooting in Manayunk, where we had a storm roll through our outdoor shoot. Some people might pack up and cower at a bit of rain, but luckily Brittany is a kindred spirit who delights in nature and rain. (SheR…

Cars + Dancers =?

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What happens when you take some of Philly’s finest dancers and throw some cars at them? If it’s Kate Watson-Wallace’s crew, it’s awesome. I really enjoyed photographing her piece ‘CAR’ in 2008, and if you dig these images, you might be interested in backing her kickstarter project- it’s down to the wire!…

Workshops with Ana Forrest…

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That’s Morgan – his class at Studio 34 yesterday brought some great laughter, a few tears, and a whole lot of intensity. Highly recommended.
Morgan, like several of the other great teachers at Studio 34, trained under Ana Forrest; he just came back from a 9-day training with her and speaks of it as a transformative experience. Conveniently, she’s coming to Philly soon.
Ana will be teaching four special workshops at St…

Thank you!

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It’s been over two weeks since an amazing 617 backers came together, raising $26,270 to help fund the continuation of How Philly Moves through a successful Kickstarter campaign. This tremendous response is a huge step on the way to my dream of creating positive imagery with community support. The next round of photo sessions are tentatively scheduled for September. Make sure to join the mailing list on the How Philly Moves si…