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Dr. Trayes’ Photo Seminar Class walked around Philly armed with a camera, two flashes, a black background, and one question — what is the one piece of advice you want to share with us? This is their reciprocal wisdom.

Sean (Left): “Don’t go into the entertainment industry for money.”

Clare (Center): “Climb the highest mountain. Reach its peak. Build a rocket ship and soar higher. It’s always about trying to be the best you can be. Once you get there be even better than that.”

Tom (Right): “Today’s solutions are tomorrow’s problems. Remember that one. Human beings go bumbling and stumbling through the universe, through time, but it’s still interesting and lots of fun. Don’t expect too much, but enjoy it.”


My best friend Walbert Young, the artist at 26. Walbert was a doll and gets all the credit for post production on this piece, even though he was understandably stubborn about editing together his own interview.

In coalescence with our Waste Exhibit, the Wisdom Exhibit is on display in Temple University’s Annenberg Hall until Friday, April 27.

My buddy Matt Wallace was born without eyeballs. Here are some preliminary shots from a project we are working on documenting his life and interactions.

North Philadelphia, 4.3.12

I curated a fine art / documentary exhibition featuring approximately 30 pieces by 13 of my talented friends. It opens tomorrow (Friday, MARCH 30) from 2-5 pm at Temple University. Come as you are, celebrate art.

See: Facebook Event for more details

Conrad Benner is a Philadelphia-based blogger and photographer who profiles local street artists throughout the city on Here is a multimedia profile that reveals at least some aspects of what makes Conrad and his website so awesome.

Conrad Benner, Streets Dept, Center City, Philadelphia, 3.29.12

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Valentines at Broad Street and Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia, 2.4.12

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”

– Alfred Eisenstaedt

P.S. – This is my 175th post. First comment on 200 gets a print or two, loves.

My Photo Seminar “Mentee” Dillon Mast, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2.2.12

Delay gratification, shoot film. Dulcius ex asperis, sweeter after difficulty.

Aperture Agency presents EXPOSURE! A student photography exhibition and sale at Temple University, Annenberg Hall Atrium, 3-7 pm this Friday, December 2. Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday nonsense. Come purchase a beautiful, one-of-a-kind print from the artist him/herself. What better [insert the winter holiday you celebrate here] gift than the unique art of Philadelphia’s finest? Support artists, beautify your space, express yourself.

Thanks to Jessie Fox for making the exquisite fliers above.

To Make Visible: Portraits and Reflections From The Dominican RepublicIn August, I spent 3 weeks photographing the people whom I encountered in the Dominican Republic, from the capital of Santo Domingo to the Haitian border. My original project was to document Haitian migrants living, working and persevering in a country where their services in the sugar cane, domestic and construction industries among others, are necessary yet often go unappreciated and unwanted. Their presence in the Dominican is frequently criticized as detrimental to the overall economy, society, culture, and identity of the eastern half of the island where the two cultures must coexist.

Despite having numerous assets on my side through the backing of the University, a handful of guides, and of course, the endless assistance of my sister Allison, who lives in the Dominican, I found that my traditional “storytelling toolkit” was null and void due to the complexities of my subject matter. Nearly every skill that I have developed in my attempts to document North Philadelphia and my American experiences was inapplicable in the marketplaces, neighborhoods and communities through which I meandered, blatantly standing out with my white skin and female-ness, massive camera, gringa dress, and lack of comprehension of the culture in which I was immersed.

I am very aware (and perhaps never aware enough) of my privilege having gone into that situation, all of the blessings that came with the opportunity to travel and peer into a culture with my presence and my lens. And yet, it’s never enough, to arrive green, 500 miles away, and attempt to save the world in 3 weeks time.

What does it mean to make visible?

This is the question I must ask of myself and of my work as I attempt to create imagery that will undeniably tell a story – but for what end and for whom? I would like to explore this question with you by sharing the portrait series of the people who trusted me enough to allow their picture to be taken despite the traditional use of the camera at their expense by deportation officials, human trafficking violators, and the less-than-objective media. I would also like to share some reflections from this experience so that others might build from the recount of my unexpected successes of learning to trust and being trusted, as well as the failures of my assumptions.

The opening of the exhibition is from 4-8 this Friday, Sept 30 in the Annenberg Hall Atrium. The images will be on display for one week following. There will be some light refreshments and such. Hope to see you there!

Did I mention I love my job? I love that this is my office and this is what I get paid to do, to photograph this city that still fascinates me every day.

Harris Kingdom Drill Team, North Philadelphia, 7.14.11

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