It’s 1982, and I’m walking North on Broad Street not far from the Philadelphia College of Art where I was attending at the time when suddenly former Mayor Frank Rizzo appears larger than life. I’m not sure if there was an occasion for his appearance, but he was happy to stop and press the flesh or chit-chat with passers-by as he slowly made his way to wherever he was going. I had my 35mm SLR loaded with a roll of Pan-X for some seemingly senseless assignment in the photography elective all illustration students were required to take. I decided that Philly’s own Big Bambino was going to be more interesting than any one of my painfully contrived shots so I squeezed off some frames.
I think I made a print of the frame above cropping out the woman and brought it in to school where upon the class had to put up with a political dissertation from the photography teacher. Other than a contact sheet and the one print, this is the first time these negatives have been printed. They have been sitting in a 3 ring binder for about 3 decades.
The shot below is interesting in that it was the very end of the roll, and I got half of an exposure. I was able to grab it with my scanner, and the image ends up being interesting like a lot of stuff I do – by accident.