04 Aug

Artist Interview

Artist Interview

Here is a quick artist interview done by Mr. Benjamin Riley over at Gravy Studios for my gallery show . The interview covers my approach toward the project as well as why I chose to take it on. Check out the Cedar St Block Party project here.

The interview also covers how any why I got into photography. Which is pretty contrary to most photographers I’ve encountered. Most people get into photography and start shooting almost anything. In a round about way I got into photography from more of a graphic or design standpoint as an addition to other artistic projects.

Its always interesting to see my own unfiltered response to questions about my work. Its probably some of the most honest I am ever. I also can help notice how much Im blinking. Oh well. Enjoy!


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25 Feb

Execute Art Not People

Execute art not people

The following pictures of from a project I shot for called Execute Art Not People. The series was curated by Aja Beech. I’ll be hanging the photos at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.  Friday, June 1st, 2014 in tandem with first Friday

Execute Art Not People

Aja Beech is a freelance author writing about social issues and the arts. In 2010, she was the recipient of a Leeway Art and Change Grant and, in 2011, she was named one of Philadelphia’s Creative Connectors. Her poem, “for you women,” received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Newsworks, Huffington Post, Certain Circuits, Apiary Magazine, The 5-2, Ether Books, and Three Line Poetry. Links to her work appear at processpress.wordpress.com.

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King Britt is an American DJ and record producer from Philadelphia.

His musical curiosity has paved the way for the artist he is now. From composing house tunes for the legendary Strictly Rhythm and Nervous Records, djing for Sector 6 Grammy Award winning comrades Digable Planets, founded the legendary Ovum Recordings with techno wunderkind, Josh Wink, being tapped to underscore Michael Mannʼs Miami Vice and various commercials, to curating a full day at MoMA PS1 in New York, the list goes on and on.



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Supporters came to use their art to speak out against the current laws.

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Accordingly, the art all has the focus of raising awareness of sentencing laws in Pennsylvania.

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This charity and movement has meetings. Supporters have joined from all types of artists around Pennsylvania.

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Presently, you can find out more at https://executeartnotpeople.wordpress.com/.

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Take a moment to sign the petition. Ultimately, we want your help to change the death penalty laws in Pennsylvania. Find out what you can do to make the politicians listen to this important issue.

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13 Jan

Cedar St Block Party Photo Booth

Cedar St Block Party Photo Booth

I set up a photo booth at a block party in Fishtown.  Ive always wanted to photograph more “natural” looking people instead of ego driven models and CEOs. I took this opportunity and embraced it wholeheartedly.  I was able to capture a mixture of longtime neighborhood folk and the newcomers. Fishtown is a strange place to live because there is a definite history here.  Im always curious how the new gentrifiers interact with the old schoolers. In this case It was a wonderful collaboration.

This is the same series I featured in my Gravy Gallery and Studio show. You can check Gravy out here. 

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07 Jul

Kinetic Sculpture Derby At The Trenton Ave Arts Fest

Kinetic Sculpture Derby

I photographed the Trenton Ave Arts fest along with the kinetic sculpture derby in Kensington. I’ve attended the derby before the last couple years its happened and had a great time so when the NKCDC asked me to shoot the event I was happy to oblige.  The derby featured a bunch of local artists who more or less altered their bicycles and created moving sculptures. They raced through the neighborhood and ended up finishing in a giant mud pit.

Aside from the derby lots of local vendors and artists set up vending tables along trenton ave. Everyone from Yards brewery to the local pizza shop. There were many other smaller businesses in attendance. Items sold vary from handmade rugs to artisanal photographic prints.  There were also a plethora of live music performances from local to regional bands and musicians. IF your on the fence about checking it out I would give it a shot next time it comes around. Its an event not to be missed.

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07 Jun

Habitat for Humanity Build

Habitat For Humanity

I recently shot a build for the Philadelphia branch of the non profit organization habitat for humanity. They provide housing and assistance to those in need.  If your not familiar with them check out their about page here.

It was a fascinating experience to see the basic bones of a house raised in the matter of a day.  The teamwork and the general mood of the day was so positive.

I addition to building and providing housing for the less fortunate. Habitat for humanity offers lots of home appliances and goods at a steep discount.  That program is called restore. I’ve actually been on the receiving end of some of their generosity and it helped immensely when I needed a washer/dryer and refrigerator for my new house.

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23 Feb

Jon Foy in The Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia Weekly

Philadelphia Weekly Jon Foy by Sean Bolton
This is a potytsoy of Jon Foy. John is a director. This shot made the cover of the Philadelphia Weekly. Jon and friends Justyn Duerr and Steve Weinik were recently excepted into the Sundance Film Festival for their documentary Resurrect Dead. A documentary where they researched the origin of the Toynbee Tiles .  Even if youve never heard of the Toynbee tiles before you may have come across them.  Check out this wikipedia article about them for the background. But also check out my friend Steve’s photo gallery of the shots here. 

If you dont have time to check out those links. The film covers a mysterious street artist who’s cryptic street tile art has reached people across the globe.