Polka Dots

polka-dots15th & Locust – Center City Philadelphia circa 1981. Photographed by Tina Garceau.

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Concrete Wilderness

Hawk

I saw an unusual sight that not everyone sees in the brick and mortar urban environment of the City of Philadelphia. In a tree on my block, which is the farthest thing I can imagine from a Marlin Perkins nature special, I saw a raptor with it’s catch of the day. A hawk was dining on a pigeon on a block of brick rowhomes. One more photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Genesis of the Atomic Warrior Costume

Atomic Warrior

Courtesy of Dan Love

For the past several years, Tina and I have been creating elaborate Halloween costumes with either a retro or vintage vending machine theme. It was usually based around a large cardboard box and had to have electric lights. He has been a juke box, a fortune teller, and, most famously, a pinball machine. Now that our son has grown explosively thanks to adolescence and is just a shade under 6-feet tall, cramming him into shipping cartons is no longer in the cards. We decided to make his imposing height work for us and go with something a bit more sinister than what we’ve done in the past.

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The Party’s Over

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Halloween 2015

Streaky

Lloyd was a blaze of color of motion and color this October 31st which is what we’ve been doing for the past several Halloweens, but being that he has grown to an imposing size, we opted for something somewhat more sinister.

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Another Sneak Peek

SneakPeek

Another sneak peek, Kiddies! Stay tuned for more!!!

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Happy Halloween!

Eyes

A sneak peek at what’s to come – stay tuned for later today for the whole reveal!

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It’s Almost Here!

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Three More Days ‘Til Halloween!

Zombie

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Four More Days ‘Til Halloween!

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Avenue Grill Preserved

AvenueGrill

One of the things I love about South Philly are the mom and pop businesses who go the extra mile to preserve the history of what was there before them. Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting Moonshine restaurant at 1825 East Moyamensing Avenue. I spent some time talking to the owner about the renovation of the restaurant – the preservation of the original tin ceiling, and the months spent painstakingly stripping away many, many coats of paint off the bar to restore it to it’s former glory.

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It was well worth the time and expense – it’s gorgeous! In the back is a small dining room where two photos are on display of the business in 1938, courtesy of an elderly neighbor whose uncle owned the bar back then. I snapped a few photos, and cleaned them up a bit. Thankfully, they’ve kept the charm of the old place. You can take a look at the restaurant today, and their menu by going here!

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The Pastry Bag Is Mightier Than The Sword

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GoodLuck

Our friend Dan is retiring at the end of this week, and I was asked to make a cake to celebrate this momentous occasion. The hostess asked that the cake read “good luck dan”. Now, if you’re familiar with the birthday cake portion of this site, you may have noticed that I never write on my cakes. It’s a phobia of mine. What if the type isn’t centered? What if I accidentally misspell “birthday”? What if I run out of room? Could I get away with using Betty Crocker Cake Decorating Letters? Probably not.  Continue reading

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In My Room

drafting-table-1982Here’s another Photo Elective shot that seems more like an act of desperation than an intentional attempt at art. Continue reading

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Cross Section

House

Walking a block up the street from my house, I froze at this sight. A neighbor’s home was in the process of being demolished. What’s disconcerting is that it looks as if I took this shot while seated in a theater watching a play. It looks like a set, but it’s not. It’s somebody’s home being torn down. The walls have been rent asunder releasing ten million memories to the ether. I look at that staircase and think of children running down it insane with the anticipation of what Santa Claus had left them in the living room below.  Continue reading

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