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Calling all photographers, Instagrammers and everyone else who will be in Philadelphia between tomorrow, October 18 through Wednesday, October 23: Make sure you take part in Philly Photo Day.
Most of us spend all day and night documenting our lives visually—from taking selfies, to foodie shots, to photos of buildings in the city with just the right beam of light shining through—we're capturing every moment.
Well, it's time to get your best filters ready, because the focus is on Philadelphia and the city is ready for its close up.
Starting tomorrow, join Philadelphia Photo Arts for Philly Photo Day! Your work could be featured at one of many art exhibits. Not only is it easy, but it’s also free.
Everyone in the city is invited to take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia and submit it to be included in a vast exhibition, featuring thousands of images to create an immense portrait of Philadelphia. Every photograph submitted will be printed and displayed in the exhibition from November 14 – December 28.
You can submit a picture from Friday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 23.
10 EASY STEPS TO BE A PART OF PHILLY PHOTO DAY
1. Take a picture on October 18, 2013, anywhere in Philadelphia
2. Select your favorite one
3. Register a New Account on PPAC’s website
4. Respond to confirmation email (check your inbox or spam)
6. Click on Manage your photos
7. Click on Philly Photo Day
8. Click on Upload Photo
9. Fill out all fields & upload picture
10. Click on Save
Philly Photo Day
When: Begins Friday, October 18
Where: Take a picture anywhere in Philadelphia
More Info: www.philaphotoarts.org
Photographer Neal Santos is an amazing talent. However, I quickly found out that Neal is more than a photographer—he is a true artist. Neal’s work is breathtaking. There’s something about his choices of balance and color and subject and location that create a depth and mood that many photos typically don’t offer. I found myself loving piece after piece. Whether he is shooting people, places or things, his use of space and objects to balance out a piece is really phenomenal.
Neal also has an impressive list of clients and accolades. He is the official photographer for The Philadelphia City Paper, Meal Ticket and City Guide. He also has clients like Anthropologie and Mural Arts . Plus, he has won awards like The Keystone Award and was also featured as one of Visit Philly’s Guest Instagrammers to follow. Whether you’re a collector of art and photography or not, this is a guy you want to follow and keep up with just for inspiration alone.
I got to catch up with Neal to ask him a few questions. Check out the Q&A below.
NS: As of right now, I've got my hands in a few projects that I'm excited about, some regarding photography, others that are completely unrelated to what I do as a profession. In essence, I'm not really sure where things will lead, but I'm along for the ride and excited for the unknown.
Starting August 2, the first annual BlackStar Film Festival will shine a national spotlight on Philly by showcasing 40 films from 4 continents over the course of 4 days.
The opening night party will fuse art, music videos and photography. It will be a visual experience highlighting visuals that have been inspired by the music’s artful blend of Wu-Tang acappellas and carefully selected jazz instrumentals.
Thursday, August 2
628 S. 16th Street
Insider Tip: DJ 2-Tone Jones will be spinning hip-hop and rare grooves. Complimentary beverages from Chairman's Reserve Rum and vitaminwater.
For additional info regarding the BlackStar Film Festival click here. The trailor is below.
Last week, Philly’s leading trendsetters and tastemakers came out to Northern Liberties for the 2012 Philly 360⁰ Creative Ambassadors announcement.
The ultra chic, new spot Tendenza was filled with a who's who in Philly, including Mayor Michael Nutter, Charlie Mack, Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Ukee Washington of CBS 3 and The CW Philly, Rich Medina, Rakia Reynolds, MoShay LaRen, the legendary Dexter Wansel, Carvin & Ivan, MPrynt, Laiya St. Clair and many others who came out to show their love for Philly 360⁰ and the new 2012 Creative Ambassadors (see listing below).
DJ AfroDJiak mixed it up on the ones and twos, and a few of our new ambassadors performed. Up and comer Cody Wise took the stage with special guest Dexter Wansel to break down the Philly sound with a mash up of hits that have come out of here. Then, Curt Chambers previewed songs from his new album "One Way Ticket" and had the entire room on lock with his voice and guitar skills.
Shout out to our partners and sponsors: CBS 3, The CW Philly, KYW Newsradio, Crown Royal Black and Cescaphe Event Group!
Check out the video below and the photo slide show!
The 2012 Creative Ambassadors: Nnamdi Asomugha of the Philadelphia Eagles, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Andre Harris, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Vidal Davis, Grammy-nominated songwriter, artist and musician Curt Chambers, Power99's DJ Diamond Kuts, DJ and judge on BET's Master of the Mix Vikter Duplaix, Interscope recording artist Cody Wise, on-air personality for WRNB and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams, producer Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Project Runway designer Kristin Haskins Simms, music business entrepreneurs Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps, music business entrepreneur Aisha Winfield, media entrepreneur and Billboard's 2011 30 Under 30 honoree Brandon Pankey, business entrepreneur and owner of Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant Bar Lounge Keven Parker, photographer Whitney Thomas, artist and fashion designer Serena Saunders and classical singer Veronica Chapman-Smith.
And, check out the video below that played at the event with past ambassadors and friends of Philly 360 (like DJ Jazzy Jeff) introducing the 2012 Creative Ambassadors.
Sometimes it’s easier to purchase a Nikon D90 Camera than it is to find someone who can show you how to turn its lens into da Vinci’s paintbrush. And, if you are fortunate enough to find someone and some place to cultivate your photography skills, often times the monetary cost is absurd.
Project Basho is a place where aspiring photographers can go to hone their skills. Project Basho is a photography resource with a communal dark room, located at 1305 Germantown Avenue in Old Kensington (Northern Liberties, about 2 blocks from the Piazza at Schmidt's). It’s one of the only (if not the only) photography resource centers in Philly that houses every type of photo development and processing. Basically, you can shoot something with an HD digital camera and manipulate the prints to the point that it looks like it was taken in 1895.
Founded by Tsuyoshi (Yoshi), Project Basho also houses classes, workshops, private lessons, exhibits and a community of talented photographers who bounce off each other’s talents. It’s a great place for beginners to learn photography and for experts to grow their craft and find inspiration. And, the prices won’t break your wallets.
Once you are able to take advantage of sound resources, it’s now your job to perfect your craft. Grisha Enikolopov, one of the managers at Project Basho, brought up world renown photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson and his concept of the decisive moment. Cartier-Bresson said that a scene has one second where all compositional elements are in perfect unity and it is the photographer’s job to not miss it. This comes with practice, which is why Henri Cartier-Bresson also stated that your first 10,000 photos are your worst. Just think how great photo number 10,001 will be.
So, if you're looking to up your photography skills, definitely check out this place.
Most people know her as a dope photographer, but she's really a Jane of all trades. She was a dancer in the Philadelphia female dance group Montazh (created by Michele Byrd McPhee). They were everywhere and killing every show.
The first time I saw Jonene taking photos was at a BBoy BBQ. Now, you can catch her on stage at shows like Rock The Bells--or gathering every DJ in the city for a historical moment on film. As a photographer, she’s known for her beautifully contrasted black and white photography.
Below she tells you a bit about herself, but she definitely left out her most current accomplishment–having her work sold in stores and online at Urban Outfitters. Check her out.
Stacey: Please tell the folks what you do and why you do it.
Jonene: I take photos of anything that catches my eye. Things mostly that center around the culture of hip hop--MCs, bboys/bgirls, graffiti and DJs. I really love shooting anything that helps to make up those elements as well--sneakers, records, a marker, a microphone, a beat machine, spray cans, keyboards, a record needle, etc. I don't even have a flat out answer as to why I shoot what I do. It's just what I see. I guess it's because I love the culture. I hate sounding cliche. I think that the entire culture has a passion behind it, and I like to not only capture the culture, but the intricate things that make up those elements that make up the entire culture. I like to capture moments that no one else would think of capturing. I never have an intention when I shoot things. I just shoot.
Stacey: What are you artistically best known for?
Jonene: No clue. Some would say Philly DJ Day. Some would say the graffiti. Some might say the MCs or famous people. Some would say I'm one of the only girls in Philly that shoot what and how I do so by default I'm 'known.' There's also the element of my personality. Someone told me the other day that I have a 'prickly personality.' I think it comes out in my photos.
Stacey: What you're biggest artistic accomplishment?
Jonene: Definitely Philly DJ Day. My only intention was to take a picture. I ended up making history within the Philly DJ community. I made them happy and will always be extremely grateful for that.
Stacey: Where can people find you?
Now through December 31
701 Arch Street
Last week, I got a sneak preview of The African American Museum of Philadelphia's new exhibition, Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art. This powerful collection of work explores art's role in interpreting the fullness of the African American experience and includes more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures by 36 artists.
Mixing Metaphors is organized into three thematic sections that provide a lens through which to view the art; Reflections and Likeness, Constructing Place and Rituals of Existence. Each of these sections include a fantastic selection of images by noted photographers, all of which provide a very tangible sense of the collection's historical context and significance. The exhibit includes proud images of inner-city youth and southern families, Martin Luther King marching on Washington and on the first non-segregated bus, and intimate images of period icons like John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Muhammad Ali.
"This show will bring people into a context of where their life is and what it has been, reflected through other people's memories and experiences." said AAMP curator, Richard Watson during our walk through the exhibition. "You will see young people who will see themselves in these pieces. You will see older people who will see themselves in the memories reflected in these pieces."
Mixing Metaphors presents the work of luminary African-American artists like, photographer, Gordon Parks, storyteller and quilt-artist, Faith Ringgold, and also contains work by significant emerging artists from around the country. Some the show's artists use their work to tell the stories of day-today living, or to reflect on ideas about identity, politics, music or love, while others use more abstract constructs like lines, colors and shapes to explore their subjects. In its entirety, Mixing Metaphors challenges the viewer to examines art's role in our community and how one's own experiences can affect the interpretation of the art.
The exhibit will also include film screening of Separate, But Equal with a discussion with filmmaker Shawn Wilson, art-making workshops with local artists, artists’ talk with local artist Allen Edmunds, whose work is featured in the exhibit, and a musical poetry slam.
Together, the artists found within Mixing Metaphors truly represent the richness found within the African American story and true breadth and diversity found within our artistic community. You can checkout AAMP's website for the full programming schedule and exhibition details.