“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.
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