Monday, February 1, 2010

12 People

A Sunday afternoon with 12 strangers inside (or outside) the Independence Mall.

This is Dawn Casello, to the left, and Stacey Donovan, at right. They've resided in Philadelphia all their lives and have witnessed many strange things. "I saw a man walking today who didn't have feet,"Dawn exclaims. "You see it all when you've lived here a long time," Stacey replies.

This is Dre, a lifelong resident to Philadelphia. He is apprehensive at first but then jokes that he "is Philadelphia, I'm in the phonebook."

This is Lonie, a Philadelphia born citizen and a recent graduate from the University of the Arts. "I wish I could find a better job," he said, himself an Hard Rock Cafe employee.

This is Ty, a lifelong Philadelphian, who was caught a little off-guard by the picture. He was hard to photograph because he moving about, sweeping and ignoring the camera.

This is Vince. A permanent resident to Philadelphia, who stays loyal to his city. His only complaint- Septa. "I really don't like it," he replies.

This is Donald, a native of Philadelphia, a loyal event goer, on his way to the Auto Show. He has found an interest in art and architecture, due to a recent retirement, and recommends "Philagrafika" to anyone.

This is Pedro. He has been living in Philadelphia for 40 years. I gathered what I could but a language barrier distorted our conversation.

This is Natalia. She was born is Russia and moved to Florida in 2007 to live with her parents. She was 20. She's been living in Philadelphia since April 2009. She enjoys the city but misses the Florida warmth. "It's 85 there today," she says.

This is Raymond Lewis. He's born and raised in Philadelphia and is here for good. "I've been other places, but I would never leave Philadelphia," he says.

This is Ray, a security guard at Hallmark. He is originally from Philadelphia and likes everything about it. "It's all I know, all my friends and family are here, I'd never leave." He was less than enthusiastic about this picture, saying "they don't like us getting our picture taken, for security reasons."

This is Kim Fox. She is an Allied Barton security guard on the ground level at Independence Mall, after she was transferred from the Art Museum. She's originally from Philadelphia, but can't wait to get back to Kansas. She lived there for several years, but when she lost her father and sister within months of each other, she moved back to be with her mother.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Philadelphia: from Past to Present.

The route of locations from the past and recreated in the present.
View Phila Past and Present in a larger map

Quince St. 1915
Quince St, 2010

13th & Lombard St, 1930
13th & Lombard, 2010

530-532 Lombard St, alleyway, 1921
Lomard alley, 2010

Lombard St. row homes (b/w 2nd and Front St.) 1915
Lombard St. row homes, 2010

1114 Walnut St, Forrest Theatre, 1931
Forrest Theatre, 2010

19oo block Chestnut, Boyd Theatre, 1968
Boyd Theatre, 2010

10th and Jefferson, 1946
10th and Jefferson, 2010

alley between 330-332 South St. 1909
330 South St. 2010

5th and South, 1977 (Grendell's Lair Cabaret Theatre)
5th and South, 2010

1524 South St. 1972 (Royal Theatre)
Royal Theatre, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

a start

This week a new semester began, as a result I will be showcasing my work from Professor Andrew Mendelson's documentary photography class.