On Sunday, February 19th, I joined about 50 other photographers, all members of a photo website host called Flickr. I've been using this website for over five years and in the course of this time I've never had a chance to meet any other local photographers face to face, camera to camera. I follow a lot of people's work and I've become "acquainted" with a lot of artists over the years but we don't know each other in the real world. Except for having met the Street Artists who's work I document, this organized Meetup was the first chance I had to interact with other local Flickr folks.
I was worried about the upcoming adventure - having to make my way into Center City Philadelphia with my 2-year old son, Nate, on the train and taking him in his stroller. He and I are intrepid travelers and have done many walkabouts on our own but I've not taken him to the city via public transportation before and I've never done a photography tour with other people. The walkabout didn't scare me alone, I'm an old city walker, cyclist, bus, train and subway traveler, but not so much for my little man! I was also a bit intimidated by the thought of meeting other photographers who have better cameras, a more interesting view point and who might not be encumbered by having to look after and maneuver a child in a stroller.
Herewith is a small sampling of our day out with the #PhillyFlickrMeetup. A full perspective can be found at the Flickr Sight here at this link. My Flickr Photos are also here at this link as well as in the badge/banner along the right hand side towards the bottom of my post page. Enjoy!
|A concrete park across the street from the Reading Terminal Market.|
This was the meetup sight for the Flickr Group.
|I like the way this photo makes the owner of this very nice camera look thoughtful|
even though you do not see who she is.
|So many of the photographers on the meetup brought along|
many cameras. This gentleman was very nice and had an impressive
array of cameras.
|Jorj and his son Jacob. |
An inspiration for what the future might hold for my Nibbet!
|Patrick - a most charming and sweet fellow. He walked along with me during my time with the group|
He also became my photo of the day - allowing me to take his photo, which I then added to my 100 Strangers Project.
|The Philly Flickr Meetup Group as we headed up 12th Street and into Chinatown|
|Business hours include closing every Wednesday!|
|A bit of the old world still exists in this very interesting and teeming town|
|Most occupants of Chinatown do not want their photos taken. |
I managed to snap this before I realized that taking photos of the local inhabitants isn't ideal
|Chinese - Littering/Dumping will cost you $300 Bucks, American, even in Chinatown!|
|Throw-back signage from an old - OLD Chinese Restaurant|
House of Chen. It's one of the original places in Chinatown. I remember if from my childhood
|Graffiti is everywhere - as is street art.|