Over the past couple months I’ve taken a photography course at the Community Arts Center with the hope that I could improve on my blog photos. Steven Miller, who has photographs in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, presented us with a series of assignments that emphasized various photographic techniques. Inspired to step out of my comfort zone, I experimented with photographing different subjects.
My travels during this time took me to a narrow backstreet in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Near the corner of Carpenter and Greene, little stores nestled on either side of street. A cooperative grocery, an independent coffee shop, a second-hand store offered a bustling section to an otherwise quiet street. The Big Blue Marble Bookstore with its colorful façade and window dressing of books and toys offered a particularly bright spot. Just across from the bookstore, I discovered a honey hole of photographic opportunity, the Philadelphia Salvage Company. The shop, a wonderland of restoration projects, overflowed with antique doors and stained glass windows. Vintage boxes and light fixtures lined the aisles. Boxes of buttons, rows of tiles, planks of wood scattered about the warehouse. On one of the shelves someone had arranged a collection of gears, and that’s where I found my prize photo, the best of the 500 pictures I took during this time.
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Update: Photograph won first prize at the Community Arts Member Show, June 2013.