Archive for the ‘Photo Studies’ Category

NOLA: Day eight addition

2010/06/25

This post isn’t related to the oil spill yet but when it is, it’s going to be a sad day.
After wandering around the docks, looking for signs of oil and signs of people who work in the fishing industry, we went to the Barataria Preserve nearby. The preserve is really amazing. I’d never seen a swamp like that before and was awestruck by the place. There is so much life, in every nook and cranny of this little area of the swamp. It’s a fine example of much of the Gulf coast which will most likely be affected by the oil.
Here are a few photos I took while there.

When the carnival rides get to rest. (Photo Seminar I)

2010/03/17

I spent a good part of spring break 2010 in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Coming from California and living in a beach town when I was there had me thinking that Sea Isle would be like most other coastal towns I’d been in during spring break. A madhouse of young people. I didn’t go there for parties or any of that; I went to relax and get away from life as I know it for just a bit.

On March 11, my girlfriend and I went a few miles north to Ocean City where I wanted to photograph the all but abandoned boardwalk. That Thursday the weather was nice, but cloudy. Not too hot, not too cold and not breezy enough that I had to worry about my camera picking up sand grains on the wind.

Heavy equipment operators and surveyors were out on the beach, moving hundreds of tons of recently dredged sand around the beach to build up what the last few storms had taken away. Only two days later the barrier islands of the Mid-Atlantic states experienced very heavy erosion during the near hurricane force storm, un-doing much of the effort that was put into the recent beach reinforcement.

A few people meandered along the boardwalk, but aside from several families, a few couples and the odd jogger here and there, the place was deserted.

When we came upon the Wonderland Fun Park, it was like approaching a medieval castle locked up prior to battle, save for one rolling door which was opened. I approached a few of the maintenance workers standing near the door, introduced myself and asked if I could take a few photos. “Sure. Go in as far as you like, use common sense and don’t get on any of the rides” one of the men said, giving me a kind of “all access” carnival pass to photograph whatever I wanted.

Doc Photo. Philly A – Z

2010/02/16

A is for the Academy of Music.

B is for Betsy Ross.

C is for Carpenter’s Hall.

E is for Elfreth’s Alley.

F is for Franklin Court.

G is for Graff House.

H is for Head House.

I is for Independence Hall.

J is for the American Jewish History Museum.

K is for the Kimmel Center.

L is for the Davis-Lennox House.

M is for the Philadelphia Merchant’s Exchange.

O is for Old St. Joseph’s Shrine.

P is for the first US Post Office.

R is for the Rodin Museum.

S is for the Cathedral of St. Peter and St.  Paul.

T is for Thomas Paine.

U is for the Union League of Philadelphia.

W is for the Wanamaker building.

Doc Photo. River to River

2010/02/09

Images of every block of Catharine Street from the Schuylkill River (Avenue) to the Delaware River.

I concentrated on corners of buildings. Most of them were built for commercial use with residences above.

Wednesday February 3, 2010.

Catharine St. at Schuylkill Avenue. 2:29 pm

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Catharine St. at Schuylkill Avenue. 2:30 pm

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Catharine St. one block east of Schuylkill Ave. 2:32 pm

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Catharine St. at Gray’s Ferry looking towards Naval Square. 2:39 pm

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Catharine St. at 23rd St. 2:41 pm

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Catharine St. at 22nd St. 2:46 pm

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Catharine St. at 21st St.  2:47 pm

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Catharine St. at 20th St. 2:50 pm

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Catharine St. at 19th St. 2:51 pm

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Catharine St. at 18th St. 2:52 pm

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Catharine St. at 17th St. 2:54 pm

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Catharine St. at 16th St. 2:58 pm

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Catharine St. at 15th St. 3:00 pm

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Catharine St. at Broad St. 3:02 pm

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Catharine St. at 13th St. 3:04 pm

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Catharine St. at 12th St. 3:06 pm

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Catharine St. at 11th St. 3:07 pm

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Catharine St. at 10th St. 3:10 pm

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Catharine St. at 9th St. 3:12 pm

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Catharine St. at 8th St. 3:15 pm

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Catharine St. at 7th St. 3:16 pm

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Catharine St. at 6th St. 3:19 pm

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Catharine St. at Passyunk Ave. 3:20 pm

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Catharine St. at 5th St. 3:21 pm

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Catharine St. at 4th St. 3:26 pm

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Catharine St. at 3rd St. 3: 28 pm

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Catharine St. at 2nd St. 3:30 pm

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Catharine St. at Front St. 3:32 pm

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The Municipal Pier Number 38 at Catharine St. and Columbus Ave. 3:46 pm

Doc Photo. Independence Mall

2010/02/02

Ron, visiting from New Orleans, Louisiana. Loves the history and dislikes the crime of Philadelphia.

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Sophia has lived in Philadelphia for the past one and one-half years. She likes that the people are good-natured, for the most part. Dislikes the rats in Rittenhouse Square at night.

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Flat Stanley is visiting from Moorpark, California. His favorite thing about Philadelphia is the food. Least favorite is the apathy of many people who live here.

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Mike lives in both Philadelphia and Ohio. He’s a railroad worker with one house in those two states. He likes the food of Philly and dislikes the inefficiency of the city’s public transportation.

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The Wombel family lives in Manhattan, New York City. Omar (father) ‘I’m just here in Philly ’cause my son has cancer and we’re here for treatment.”

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Katie Coleman has lived in Philadelphia almost a year. Her favorite thing is the city’s underground art and theater scene. Least favorite is the public transportation.

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Martin Campos lives in Philadelphia but is originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico. He loves the art and arts of Philly and dislikes SEPTA.

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James Shuster lives in Philadelphia. He likes the atmosphere or attitude of the city and also dislikes SEPTA.

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John and his mother Rodz live in New Jersy. Today (Sunday, January 31) is John’s first time in Philadelphia and he enjoys the history. He dislikes not knowing his way around and having to ask for directions.

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Kane is a Philadelphia Auto Show representative with Lexus from Los Angeles, California. “Philly is amazing”, he said citing all the history just in the downtown area. “I haven’t gotten mugged or shanked yet, so that’s good”, Kane said He couldn’t come up with one single dislike for the city.

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Zach. Also a Philadelphia Auto Show representative with Lexus. Zach is from Detroit, Michigan and said “The cold is nothing here.” He loved visiting and eating at Reading Terminal Market and had no dislikes.

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Maria lives in Philadelphia which she likes for it’s size “It’s small and walkable”, and dislikes because of the wage tax.

PTSD Project

2009/12/06

This is my photo slideshow of Toby Hartbarger, a US Army veteran who served in Iraq for a 15 month deployment and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Here is the photo slideshow.

This is the full 8-minute audio-only interview.

PJ: Iraq vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

2009/11/06

Toby Hartbarger, is an Army veteran of four years during which he deployed to Iraq in 2003. Toby saw combat during the early stages of the war in cities which included Nassiriyah and Baghdad. He currently suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and lives with it daily. Toby is currently studying biological chemistry at the City College of Philadelphia.

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PJ. 2009 US Collegiate Track Cycling National Championships

2009/10/02

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