You can’t come in! Spruce & Broad, PhilaD
Yesterday, December 7th, we participated in one of the worldwide 2013 HELP Portrait events, here in Philadelphia.
Nathaniel Dodson of Endy Photography (@endyphoto) and his colleagues & friends did an amazing job of organizing the event - especially given the time crunch generated by a complete last minute venue change. Volunteers were on hand for make up / photography / coordination & printing and the event went very smoothly.
While we only had an opportunity to photograph a handful of people, the experience was very impactful on a personal as well as a professional level.
The most moving moments for me were the subject’s expression and comments when shown the various images that we’d taken of them. We had shot tethered at our station, so they were able to get a good sense of what had been captured - rather than the standard back of camera view.
We asked them to narrow the shots down to their favorite image which they would then be able to receive a print of. One person in particular was so ultra critical of themselves that hearing the things that they said they saw in their images was heartbreaking. We tried very hard to challenge those opinions in the most positive way possible - calling attention to all the great things we immediately saw in them. I would like to think that might have made a bit of a difference. Maybe that’s just me being incredibly naive ???
Overall I would call the event a success - but we also came away with a real sense of how to take it to the next level next time around. We were honored to be a part of it and hope to be able to participate again next year.
I think I’m going to make this a series. “Hidden Apocalypse” or some such title. I love uncovering the hidden danger in clouds .. what on the surface appears as just-another-blah-sky. But there’s beauty up there in them heavens. Beauty and horror. Yes. I can definitely see this becoming something …
Scenes from a Philly First Friday
July 4th. Washington Square Park. Two beautiful singers from the choir at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony.