What to do when you have a half hour in between photo shoots, and have no rain gear for your equipment to explore the great rainy outdoors? Why, explore the rain drops trickling down your car window of course! These magical little domes kept me occupied for the entirety of that half hour. Now I know how cats feel.
I met Michelle a few months ago. She is a fashion designer who moved to Philadelphia from California to remake her clothing label. This perfectly coincided with my desire to do creative photo shoots on the side, just for fun with no pressure.
We hit it off right away, and began collaborating fashion shoot ideas. Here's to letting your creativity roam, and to the beginning of new friendships!
My crazy, wonderful friend Mikala Jamison repelled off a 31-story building in the name of journalism. She is currently typing up her experience, which will publish in Philadelphia City Paper this week. Here's to you Kayla, you spirited, stubborn, adventuresome woman you!
Tiani Victoria rapped for me as I photographed her. We met at a mega-factories-turned-into music-studios-building in Kensington, and began our shoot for City Paper late at night. Her manager, her friend, and I set up lights in the pitch-blackness of the building's yard, highlighting the graffiti and shadows that swallowed everything.
I decided to focus on her femininity. She revealed to me that it's hard to retain her appearance without being judged for acting too sexy or too conservative, depending on her performance that night. I imagine what that's like, with growing pressure as she climbs up the fame ladder.
As I got to know her better through the evening, I saw that she handles herself with grace, poise, and a really likable not-giving-a-damn while she gets lost in a song trance. Here are a few photos from that night.
Hundreds of teachers, students, union leaders, and supporters of all ages came out to express their discontent with the latest Philadelphia education cuts. While I was shooting for the Philadelphia City Paper, I heard several other journalists from Pennsylvania and adjacent states refer to Philadelphia as 'Ground Zero for What Should Not Happen to Children Anywhere.'
How sad that the city of brotherly love is now called the new Ground Zero for children? Think about that. Here are some shots, and stay tuned to http://citypaper.net/ for more!
Disston Precision is a magical place. It's a set of industrial buildings, first built in the early-mid 1900s, located right next to I-95 in Tacony, Philadelphia.
Once, all the buildings were functional and used to create industrial-size saws from scratch. One can almost hear the metal hammering, buzz of workers, and fire crackling by the boilers as they walk past the old machinery, now still and silent in some buildings.
Today, half the buildings are abandoned and left untouched. They carry history in the small papers and work stubs that once belonged to the workers there. There are tons of little machines, some rusted some just covered with several decades-worth of telling dust.
The other half of the buildings continue to build the saws in the same way they were made back then. A quaint team of about 24 employees have been trained for decades in the craft. There are fathers and sons who work side by side. Their tools are so unique that no one else makes them, and so they have to repair all their equipment in addition to making the saws.
The property was recently bought by Jack Lucid, a self made business man who sees just as much potential in retaining the historic way of building, while mixing in some new technology to make things smoother in the productions process.
Axisphilly.org send me and a historian/reporter, Kenneth Finkel, to spend time there and check out the place. With the help of the entire Disston Precision staff, I got a taste of their wizard-like, mechanical world.