• Coney Island Mermaid Parade - Street Portrait Workshop

    Johnny Brendas


    On Saturday June 22nd the Philadelphia Photo League will conduct our 6th annual "Street Portrait" workshop at the CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE. Participation is limited so please RVSP right away. Please submit your payment at this link ..... CLICK HERE (http://philadelphiaphotoleague.tumblr.com) (use drop down menu in upper left corner by selecting Coney Island Workshop) We will depart from Johnny Brendas @ Frankford and Girard Avenues at 10am sharp. Arriving in Coney Island aroundd noon time. Transportation to and from Coney Island is provided along with "Lunch".

  • PPL Monthly Meetup - At Culture Works 1315 Walnut st

    CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

    Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month. All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes. The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events ...... PLUS ........ see the work of fellow PPL'ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize. This is a current image :

  • Swedish Museum and FDR Park

    1900 Pattison Ave

    Something for everyone on this walk. Historical Museum divided into several themed rooms that each showcase an achievement of Swedish Americans. The Golden Map room and the New Sweden gallery are especially neat. https://www.americanswedish.org/ $10 admission fee. Then on to explore the park. There is a golf course and multiple lakes. We will take the loop road and get to FDR skate park under I95. Lots of graffiti murals and skaters to photograph. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FDR_Skatepark FDR Skate Park has been described by professionals and in magazine articles such as Thrasher and Skateboarder to be a concrete, skateboard 'paradise', as it was designed and built by skateboard enthusiasts. The whole Park is also playable in the video game Tony Hawk's Proving Ground by Activision and Neversoft. Bring your fast focus camera/lens for the action shots. Got to last stop on Broad St Line and walk west on Pattison to the museum.

  • Golden hour at John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

    John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

    Let us explore the TInicum Marsh and the birds and other animals before it gets too hot. Birds are more active late in day so we will start at 5:30 and stay until the closing at sunset. Bring your long lens and binoculars. There are 10 miles of trails. The observation tower overlooks the whole marsh. There is a visitor center near the entrance. We will meet up there. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/wildlife_and_habitat/index.html $10 at the start. If using public transit, take Broad St line to Synder Ave and get the 37 bus Get off at 84th St and continue on Lindbergh Blvd for a block to the park entrance. Follow the road to the left and take the path to the visitor center.

  • Lets visit Chestnut Hill

    Chestnut Hill Coffee Company

    Meet at chestnut hill coffee at top of hill just up from Chestnut Hill West station. Embrace spring on Germantown Avenue during the annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival. As many as 30,000 fellow garden enthusiasts come out every year to explore the plants, crafts and artwork from more than 150 vendors. An assortment of vegetation, including daylilies, succulents, terrariums and vegetable plants are on display along with home decor, such as handmade furniture, art, quilts and collectibles. A number of Chestnut Hill’s most popular restaurants offer al fresco bites throughout the day and live music takes place on two different stages. Antique and Classic Car Display by Jon Barnes of Roxborough in the 8000 block of Germantown Avenue. Live Music by Bases Loaded and Refreshments sponsored by The Venetian Social Club. Lots of delicious foods including McNally’s famous Schmitter®, hamburgers & hotdogs, pizza, seafood, and many ethnic foods. The festival gives you a great opportunity to sample some of Chestnut Hill’s wonderful food…Barry’s Buns, Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Campbell’s Place, Chestnut Hill Brewery, Fiesta, Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe, McNally’s Tavern, Iron Hill Brewery, Chestnut Grill & Sidewalk Cafe, Tavern on the Hill, Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe, Poppy’s Café and Weavers Way Coop. And, of course, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, baked goods, soft pretzels and more. Free to attend.

  • Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

    2100 Trenton Ave

    The Kensington Derby and Arts Festival parade is mobile sculptures along a three-mile, urban obstacle course through the East Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods, finishing with a messy splashdown in a mud pit. Free. Meet at Trenton and Norris intersection. (the street number is off). Near Berks station on the EL. The race starts at 12:00 More info: https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/kensington-kinetic-sculpture-derby/ https://www.kensingtonkineticarts.org/overview If you haven't been to it before, be warned: it's a wacky event. That the purpose. Silly contraptions are driven by outlandishly dressed riders. A great event for street portraiture. Kinda like Mermaid parade without the beach and mermaids.

  • Moviez Night - All Things are Photographable - members or donate at the door

    A special screening of "ALL THINGS ARE PHOTOGRAPHABLE" Described as a "poet," an "athlete," or a "philosopher" of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and '70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Men era of New York to the early years of the Women's Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation. Once derided by the critics, Winogrand's "snapshot aesthetic" is now the universal language of contemporary image making. Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic treatment of Winogrand's work, including selections from the thousands of rolls of film still undeveloped upon his unexpected death in 1984. Interviews with Tod Papageorge, Matthew Weiner and more attest to Winogrand's indisputable influence, both as artist and chronicler of culture, while archived conversations with Jay Maisel highlight the gruff, streetwise perspective of "a city hick from the Bronx." In the tradition of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand's candid, psychological style transports us to a bygone world, one where image lacked the editing and control possible today.

  • First Sunday at PMA and the Barnes

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    I will be checking out the Japanese woodblock prints at PMA and then walk over to Barnes to see the Mexican folk art show. See you then. It pay what you wish day at both museums.

  • Jane's Walks

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    Jane's Walks Philly are happening this weekend Fri, Sat, and Sun. Jane Jacobs was a writer and urbanist. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of city-dwellers. It also introduced the sociological concepts "eyes on the street" and "social capital". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs Walking enables a kind of mindfulness that runs counter to the high speed of our daily lives. It is, after all, the speed at which humans evolved to take in the world. By taking a long, slow stroll, listening and talking, we may be able to absorb more and form deeper connections. I think that better equips us to care for one another and our city more thoughtfully. And the more people we let author our collective understanding of Philadelphia, the more inclusive and true that story becomes. – Ashley Hahn, Jane’s Walk City Organizer Here is the complete list: https://janeswalkphl.org I am going to this one Stroll from Trolley Portal Gardens to 40th and Market on Friday, May 3, 2019 – 5pm https://janeswalkphl.org/2019/04/01/trolley-portal-gardens-40th/ and this one on Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10:15am A Tale of Two Fishtowns https://janeswalkphl.org/2019/04/01/tale-of-two-fishtowns/ If these locations interest you come on out and join me. These are not put on by me and they are free and rain or shine. Let's get a better understanding of some neighborhoods.

  • BreweryTown and Fairmount East Park Reservoir

    2813 W Girard Ave

    Time to revisit BreweryTown. Let meet at The Monkey & The Elephant coffee shop at 2813 W Girard Ave as we have done before. Then we will walk up 31st St. This area has a lot of new development. Check out the progress on the abandoned Red Bell Brewery building conversion. Then we will make a left at Oxford Ave and go into Fairmount Park to the reservoir, which is now a nature center run by Philadelphia Outward Bound School and Audubon Pennsylvania. https://www.discoveryphila.org/ The National Audubon Society will use The Discovery Center as a facility for research and science-based conservation projects and educational programs throughout the Philadelphia region. The Discovery Center will also allow visitors to connect to Audubon's national and international conservation initiatives, serving as a major migratory stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for over 100 species of birds and as a premier destination for bird watching throughout the region. We will check out the building then take a lap around the lake. Bring your long lens to capture some great bird images. Then we will return the way we came and maybe stop at the new brewpub on 31st St, Hops Brewerytown. https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2019/04/08/hops-brewerytowns-bar-restaurant-menu/ Or we could check out Crime and Punishment Brewpub again. $10 fee at coffee shop, free to first timers on my photowalks.