First day out shooting for the North Broad Street Corridor, Temple Initiatives Project for Temple University.

The corridor segment of the project seeks to give voice to the various business owners, residents and stakeholders in the communities between Temple’s Main and Health Sciences campuses who would be most affected if efforts to restore North Broad Street occur. The idea is to talk to people about their past and present experiences on the arterial route as well as the types of investments they would like to see in their neighborhoods. You can see the project proposal we created and find out more information here.

I switched up my style a bit to shoot these images. Typically my work is very systematic, clean and deliberate, but these photos are imperfect and capture a real side of Philly that you don’t get from the LOVE Park and City Hall postcards. They are reminiscent of the era that Robert Frank and other key figures ushered in with the art of the snapshot. He said:

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

True dat.

North Broad Street Corridor, North Philadelphia, PA, 6.9.11