Comic-Con, San Diego

Saturday July 14, 2012

Comic-Con turned downtown San Diego, “America’s Finest City,” into an everyman’s paradise. Costumed superheroes, anime-dreamed girlfriends, cosplayers, their parents, and some real-life celebrities crammed into the convention center and surrounding area, turning downtown into a comic book fantasy. It’s like the Hollywood walk of the stars for the children and children-at-heart to meet the fictional characters of their dreams. Just down Route 5, San Diego was open, welcome and flourishing to fans of art, comics, movies, and fantastical whimsy.

Peter Jackson was there with Martin Freeman to talk about the new Hobbit movie. (I wasn’t shooting for publication, so I wasn’t as intent on harassing the other photographers out of the way to get the shot. Elijah Wood was literally walking behind us for blocks. But seriously though, photographers are ruthless out here.) Photo opportunities were in surplus. It was easy to see how exhausting it is to be asked for a picture all day, as was the attitude of certain costumed peoples. But, why wear it if you don’t want to flaunt it?

Passes were long sold out, and I was clueless how to obtain media credentials out here, yet. But, just the surrounding area downtown was alive with life. You didn’t need to get inside to take part in the madness.

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The Hives at the Electric Factory

The Hives performed at the Electric Factory on Wednesday, June 20th. It was about 100 degrees outside and in. I don’t know how the band survived in those frilly suits, but none of them seemed to pass out from heat frustration, including the bald one.

Shot for Philly City Paper.

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North End at Liberty Taproom

Instrumental rock and roll wizards entertain in Reading, PA.

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Battles at the TLA

Battles from NYC came through Philadelphia fresh off their performance at Bonnaroo.

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Roots Picnic 2012

Day one of the Roots Picnic at Festival Pier in Philadelphia with pictures up front, on stage and all access behind the scenes. Artists included St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Kids These Days, Philly’s own Chill Moody and OCD: Moosh and Twist, and also Mos Def and De La Soul backed by the Legendary Roots. Shot for

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Newsy: Four Months as a Philadelphia Inquirer Intern

Over the course of 4 months, I shot nearly 50 assignments for the Philadelphia Inquirer. This book is a collection of the photographs I took during that time.

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Cold Fronts for JUMP Magazine

Shot pictures of the Philly band, Cold Fronts, for the Summer issue of JUMP. Cool boys, holler at them:

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Firth Street Fire

On Sunday, I was invited into the home of Tommasine Adams literally hours after a fire ravaged her mother’s home, killing 79-year-old Ardalia Bumpus and 4-year-old Nevaeh Craig. Adams and her family welcomed me in and allowed me to take photos of the gathering of family and friends. This was the first experience I’ve had a journalist where I’m asked to capture the emotion of ailing people. In years past I could have never put a camera to my eye, but this was different. They welcomed me in, told me stories, offered me food, and allowed me the privilege of showing the people of Philadelphia the true meaning of family. I’ve always been afraid that I would exploit the people I shoot, but I was wrong, I am merely the eye for all to see.

Philadelphia Inquirer Story here:

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Brett’s Beard

My friend wanted me to document the shedding of his facial growth. This is the result.

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West Philly Banners

Biked out to West Philly the other day and made these banners for the Philadelphia Neighborhoods Facebook page.

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