14 Dec

Music Photography

Music Photography

Being a musician myself has always drawn me to photography. Every time my band needed to have a photo taken I loved the process. For this reason I loved the opportunity to get my hands dirty with some exciting music photography.

My long term friend Jace Miller (pictured below) got in touch with me. He needed some shots done for his band Alright Junior’s new album. We had performed together many times in the past so I knew they would be down for some exciting shots.

Most of these shots took place along the graffiti pier area here in the Kensington section of philadelphia.  One of my challenges in shooting in such an urban environment is how to find something new that hasn’t been done a million times before.  I feel this way for a couple reasons. One I really like the idea of taking a photo in an environment that you would never guess was possible with such limited choices. Two I really like to deliver a wide amount of variety when possible to better my chances at pleasing my clients.

The images below were photographed in construction equipment, underneath I95 and in an abandoned field near Richmond st. This shoot was a blast and I really hope to do more like this.


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17 Aug

Gravy Studio Photo booth shots

Gravy Studio Photobooth

As you can see we all had a blast at the Gravy Studio opening.

To celebrate the Cedar St Block party opening I decided to run a similar styled photobooth to the one I did on Cedar St. The results are below.

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Face painters!

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Tim Rayer III

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People really like to JUMP!

I really had a blast with this project. The gang over at Gravy were really fun to work with. It was really nice to collaborate with them as well. They really were able to see some things about my work that I had overlooked. While curating the final image selection they pulled out some shots that I would have never picked and I couldn’t be more happy about the end result.

To check out what they are up to lately check out the site.


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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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

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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.