Fast and Ambitious Street Photography: The Philadelphia Project by Michael Penn

Michael Penn Philly Project

The Philadelphia Project” was born out of a necessity for a street photography series that is both fast and ambitious. I have a kind of nervous energy and walking the streets with a camera for hours everyday gives me a way to channel that energy. The ambitious part of this project is a goal of 1000 photographs in a 3 year time period. With the first year of this project almost behind me I coming close to staying on track but sometimes Philadelphia doesn’t cooperate.

Another aspect of this project is a time period. Many street photographers have their work of over a couple of decades lumped into one portfolio and my purpose is to show a very short period in time. Fashion, trends and buildings all change so fast anymore it’s hard to keep up and that is why sometimes it’s important to show something like an advertisement or billboard as a reference. I’ve learned a lot about my city since I started this project and have actually made several acquaintances along the way.

Note: Several different cameras have been used for this project so far. From digital and film slrs to point and shoot cameras again that are both film and digital.

Read more to see the rest of Michael’s inspirational images!

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

Michael Penn Philly Project

See more of Michael’s work at his website: www.michaelpennphotography.com

Which one of these images are inspirational for you, and have you ever thought of doing a similar project for yourself? Leave a comment below and show Michael some love!

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  • http://twitter.com/PhotojLisa lisa murray

    link to Michael’s website is messed up, fyi! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673406604 Jon Liebold

    Very nice work. I really love the last image shown as well as the porta-potty shot. Makes me a bit more confident about my work which I am currently assembling into a book for Social Documentary class.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735344131 Elizabeth Wang-Lee

    I love the portapotty shot, the guy sucking on his glasses and the old couple at the diner. All the others are great portraits of society.

  • http://www.marcofiori.co.uk Marco Fiori

    Pretty stellar imagery!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sepia-Prince/1816737124 Sepia Prince

    This guy’s work is gooooood. For me, the photo that stood out is the one of the lady and her male companion who has a look of boredom on his face. I checked out Penn’s site and I like what I see. Thanks for sharing, EK.

  • Anonymous

    The woman walking against the backdrop with the little cartoon man is brilliant, like she is holding his hand. I also like the sunburst between the buildings on the dark street, the man folded over his legs on the bench and the port-a-potty perspective shot. Have to say the ‘littering alcoholic’ is clever too. A lot of really amusing people shots.

  • Leon Wong

    Great pictures! I particularly love the pictures that has a sense of place and time.

  • http://hithereimaaron.com Aaron Sonnenberg

    Love this collection- def just provided me with inspiration to get out there and shoot more.

    • http://erickimphotography.com/blog Eric Kim

      DO IT AARON!

  • Andrew

    There are some absolutely stellar shots in this collection. You are doing a great job!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonstclair-photography/ Jason St Clair Newman

    really great compositions michael, awesome shots, nice to see a style that captures human elements in different ways, !!!,

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelpennphotography Michael Penn
  • Natasha Hulme

    Michael Penn’s The Philadelphia Project book series is for sale on his website. Book 8 is on sale now. http:// http://www.michaelpennphotography.com/TTP.html

  • Natasha Hulme