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April, 2009 Monthly archive


The one statement every photographer dreams of hearing from their subject is, “I’ll do anything you want.”

When we arrived to shoot Michael Smerconish, this was one of the first things he said.

Michael Smerconish is a Philadelphia based radio host on WPHT. Earlier this year, his show was picked up for national syndication. We had the privilege of shooting him for Philadelphia Magazine.

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To read the full article from Philadelphia Magazine, click here.

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If you haven’t had the chance to check out Jill Waterman’s new book, Night & Low-Light Photography, I highly recommend you do so.

About the book:
“In Night & Low Light Photography, author Jill Waterman looks at the work of 30 top professionals, examining their real-life projects as well as their tips, techniques, and unique approaches. The result is a beautiful yet practical compendium covering every aspect of night and low-light photography–digital and film capture in all formats, color and black & white, commercial and fine art. The moon and stars, weather conditions, atmospheric effects, cityscapes, industrial light, night events, night landscapes. All this and more is presented in a lavishly illustrated, one-volume resource–an indispensable guide for those seeking insight, inspiration and provocation in making pictures at night.”

Jill featured me twice in book, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The first was a photo of my father, Richard, for my project about the Steelworkers of my hometown, Titusville, PA. The second photo is of the band, Circa Survive for Alternative Press magazine.

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Buy a copy here.


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A few years back I had the opportunity to spend some time with Harry Kalas.

I didn’t grow up in Philadelphia, so his voice wasn’t quite as familiar to me as the majority of people here. Everyone I told about the shoot was so excited for me. I hoped to make a portrait of him that spoke to them.

That day I spent photographing him, I found out how kind he was.

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Uncle Harold (as I’ve always referred to him) was born in October of 1915. He has never been married or had children. He has always been noticeably frugal. He lives alone. He rises and falls with the sun. His electricity bill is very reasonable.

A couple years back he asked me to come photograph him for a book he’d like to put together illustrating the exercises he does that keep him so spry. I happily obliged.

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