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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thousands of people from Philadelphia, DC, New York and beyond crowded into Thomas Paine Plaza in a show of defiance to white supremacy, racism and intolerance currently embodied by the Trump administration. The tone of the crowd was feisty and rooted in courage and steadfastness.
Police blockaded at 13th and Market Streets, preventing the massive crowd from getting close to Loews Hotel where the newly installed Donald Trump was visiting today to map out an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.
For many people the ACA is quite literally a lifeline and a way to stay out of debt and in their own homes.
Participants gathered in intersectional solidarity, bringing voices from an array of campaigns and communities.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alice Paul March for Equality - January 19, 2017

Organized by Friends Select 11th grade students for a Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, hundreds of students, teachers, parents and supporters gathered at City Hall and marched to Eakins Oval to demand equal rights for women and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Text from the organizer's website: www.alicesmarchforequality.com.

"On January 19th, 2017 Alice's March for Equality will gather in Philadelphia to educate and advocate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
The march continues the work of Alice Paul, the women's rights activist. In 1913, preceding Woodrow Wilson's first inauguration, Alice and over 8,000 other women marched on Washington to demand a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. After the passage of the this amendment in 1920, Alice wrote a new amendment for the equal rights of the sexes, also known as the Equal Rights Amendment.

More than 90 years later, the ERA has still not been passed. Alice's March for Equality aims to put the Amendment back in the spotlight." 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Interview with Hanbit's Contemplative Images

Today I met up with West Philadelphia photographer Hanbit Kwon. We've been interacting a bit on Facebook and met in person for the first time on Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr Day DARE march in Philadelphia. I asked if I could interview him on his approach to complex and chaotic subjects like marches, rallies and actions. Check out Hanbit's photography at www.hanbitk.com.

You can see Hanbit's photos of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr march here, and mine here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2 Intentions for 2017

The beginning of any new year is a great time to dream about what can be possible. Making clear goals to make that achievable is the next step. What are your intentions and goals for this year? Use the form below and email me what's on your mind.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Retrospect II

A shout out to some people who made my photography possible this, with special credit to folks who make, contribute to and deliver free, and open source, photography applications and learning content.

Tony and Chelsea Northrup
Mike Browne
Eric Kim
Kaiman Wong

The developers at:
Luminence HDR
Hugin Panorama
Ubuntu Studio

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Retrospective I

In 2016 photography re-emerged as a reflective, creative discipline for me. Often art-making marked transitional phases in my life. This year, though, I turned toward photography as a serious central occupation thanks to many people in my life who gave intentional input and support to the artistic-creative identity I carry.

Photo by Kaytee Ray-Riek during a photo-fun session.
7As I review the images taken throughout this year, I see my self moving from a simple documentarian with little or basic attention to craft, to an experimentalist of form, technique, story telling and equipment.

I began frustrated with my Samsung Galaxy smart phone camera. It operates poorly in low light, is slow to focus and gives little to no control over depth of field. Even with these constraints I explored. I purchased one of those low-cost lens attachments that give an even wider field of view - fisheye - that produced horrendously soft and blurry images, but provided a creative outlet.

Samsung Galaxy camera phone with "fish-eye" attachment.
Samsung Galaxy camera phone with "fish-eye" attachment.
Samsung Galaxy camera phone with "fish-eye" attachment.
I eventually ditched this approach for my now-ancient Panasonc G2, an early micro-4/3rds digital camera that used interchangeable lenses and had been with me since Cambodia. It's out-of-the-box 14-42 zoom lens (with 2x crop factor) was always frustrating to me. It also performed terribly in low light, was slow to focus and produced high ISO noise above ISO 400. I planned to move on. It was time to get a "real photographers camera". 

Panasonic G2. 14mm (28mm full-frame equivalent).
This meant purchasing a Canon Rebel XT for $40 through craigslist. It was a roundabout way of making use of a Canon 70-300mm zoom lens attached to the Panasonic via an adapter ring. It allowed for greater creative outlet, and that was about it. The lens + Panasonic contraption was difficult to balance, made no use of autofocus or the ability to control aperture on the fly. To control aperture I'd connect the lens to the XT, manually change the aperture then reattach it to the Panasonic. It was an arcane, slow and necessary step forward, that simultaneously appealed to the hacker/maker in me.

My goal was to keep photography as cheap as possible. Purchasing a Panasonic zoom lens would've cost $300 or so. At the time it seemed completely out of the question. The canon zoom lens cost $80. The rebel XT $40 and the lens adapter something like $20. So for half the price I had my zoom lens sans autofocus or direct aperture control. Well, I was prepared for that. I "grew up" with a manual SLR camera. So I knew what I was getting into.

Canon Rebel XT with 70-300mm lens.
In any case, this setup soon became frustrating. I started using the lens on the XT, which was a minor step up, certainly in usability. I wanted more, of course. So I did my online homework homework and settled on purchasing a used Canon T3i for $200. It promised to be newer, faster and more capable (by comparison). I now felt securely in the DSLR club, albeit at the bottom rung.

July 2016. Canon Rebel T3i. 50mm.
Buying and selling on Ebay and Amazon proved a cost-effective way of liquidating assests and purchasing camera equipment. I sold the Panasonic G2, the 30-700mm zoom and the Rebel XT and with that money I bought the newest "kit" lenses I could afford (second hand, of course). My set-up now included a 50mm prime lens, an 18-55mm IS II STM zoom and a 55-200mm IS II STM zoom. These three lenses have expanded my ability to shoot digital photographs, with something for pretty much every circumstance.

Having settled on a camera system (for now) I have been released to create images. Some of them you've no doubt seen.

My favourite focal length has turned out to be 18mm (that's roughly 28mm full-frame equivalent). It makes for useful for capturing glorious sunrises and landscapes as well as emotionally vibrant street photography. I was trawling YouTube for learning content (it's free ya' know!) and came across Eric Kim's lessons on street photography. Probably the best advice I've received is to (mostly) ditch the long zoom lens and get up close and personal with a short focal length. It gets me right into the action. I have to be in the subjects' personal space or else they disappear into the background. In fact, many a person has taken a step backwards for fear my lens would impact with a facial feature.

Canon T3i. 18mm. To get this shot I was just a few inches behind this man's shoulder.
Canon T3i. 18mm.
Canon T3i. 18mm.

Stay tuned for more 2016 retrospective blog articles.

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