|Sent on:||Monday, October 17, 2011 8:29 PM|
Since some people have been asking about studio space, I thought I'd open this up to the group.
I've got a lead on some space with lots of potential. It's 3 segments; the main area approximately 30 x 80 (plus two little alcoves that can also be used). At the other end of the space is another 30 x 20 area, that has a door so it could be closed off if privacy was wanted. Joining the two areas is a small kitchen, and office/dressing room/waiting room area. There are also two bathrooms in the space (no showers, but showers one floor down). There are north and east facing windows, one side of the space is brick wall, it has hardwood floors, ceiling fans (ceilings are plenty high so the fans don't get in the way), and a system to buzz people into the building (so you don't need to go downstairs).
The space is large enough where 3-5 photographers could easily shoot at the same time, without tripping over each other. It's also functions well as exhibition space (I just showed there with 4 other photographers, and there was still extra wall space we could have used).
As for the rest of the building... There's one other photographer (with much smaller space), and two known area painters on the floor. The building has been part of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour for at least the past two years. There's a freight elevator to move things (motorcycles have been shot next door), keypad entry system (to prevent just anybody from entering). It's got interesting nooks and crannies to shoot in (including an antique phone booth), and an unfinished 4 floor that's great for a gritty "urban" look.
The neighborhood (South Kensington) is decent (new high price condos being built right behind this place), plenty of free on street parking, lot's of interesting shooting areas within walking distance. The building is also about 4-5 blocks from the Crane Arts Building. (and even though it's Philly, it's easy access, with little if any traffic problems).
My aim is for this to be more than just studio space; I want to create a photographic creative collective. Part club house, part laboratory, part incubator. Yes it's studio space to shoot commercial and personal work; but it'll more... a place where photographers learn from each other, and bring creative ideas to life.
I've already had interest from other photographers I know. Right now, it looks like there are 10 spots or less before the waiting list forms. The monthly fee per photographer should be $100-$120 (including utilities).
Anyone interested, drop me a private email. I have pictures of the space I can show you, as well as answer any questions you may have.