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Philadelphia Grid Project Goes to the News!

This past Saturday, I met up with some of the other members of thePhildelphia Grid Project to head out to Germantown where we were interviewed for FOX 29 news. The segment aired that evening on the news. In case you missed it, you can check it out on the FOX news website. I’m glad that they blurred me out because I really didn’t want to be on the news.Below are some of the photos that I took in the area that day, but I’ll probably be heading back out to the area again to capture more for this month’s grid.

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Philadelphia Grid Project: March 2008

I never got around to posting my March photos for the Philadelphia Grid Project. I got some useful images, but nothing that I was really happy with this time. However, we did check out a really awesome abandoned house that was in the process of being torn down and had some really cool remnants inside of it. March’s grid fell within west Philly, encompassing the area of Mantua where most of my photos were taken.We had our meeting last night to review and discuss the photos. My photo to be entered into the archives for the month of March is the first one below: a photo of a Polaroid found in the abandoned house.

 

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Philadelphia Grid Project: February 2008

Last month, I wrote about the Philadelphia Grid Project and posted a bunch of the photos that I had taken. Well, February’s Grid was a different area of the city. It included the neighborhoods of Frankford, Wissinoming, Bridesburg, and a small portion of Juniata: all located in northeast Philadelphia. The monthly grids are fairly large in this project so it’s difficult to get the same photograph as anyone else in the group. In fact, the grids are so large that it’s really difficult to even see the whole area. I’ve found myself already wanting to go back and explore many places that I didn’t get to see that month.

We had a meeting last night to review photos from January. It’s interesting to hear the different views and interpretations of the other photographers in the group. Everyone seems to have their own interpretation of what the photo represents, which is really great. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a group critique of sorts. It really helped me think outside of the box and look at my work and the work of others from a different perspective. In fact, it was pointed out to me last night how a group of my images were three dimensional and others were one dimensional; I never really thought about that. It’s made me realize that my photography has made a composition transition over the years. In the distant past, I only chose to shoot from odd and bizarre angles…which isn’t necessary a bad thing. I still do that sometimes, but now it depends on the subject that I’m shooting; I’m more particular. But now I almost seem to prefer shooting parallel to my subject most of the time. It’s almost as though I’ve grown to be mathematical about it. Why? I don’t really know. What I do know is that angle makes all the difference in the world; we need to find the perfect angle to make any subject look its best (amongst other things). Whether it be a photo of a person, plant, building, etc. You need to be the angler of the angle and just fish that big boy of a photo right into your camera knowing that you got the best possible catch that you could.

Anyway, here are some of the images from the February Grid.

 

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