Friday, January 30, 2015

Back on the Street

A week of weather made for street photography

Back on the Street

To paraphrase Van Morrison - what a fantabulous day to make pictures, 'neath the cover of blue August skies .To paraphrase Van Morrison - what a fantabulous day to make pictures, 'neath the cover of blue August skies...

To paraphrase Van Morrison - what a fantabulous day to make pictures, 'neath the cover of blue August skies...

In my last post we were in the throes of a heat wave. Vacation and the wonderful distraction of the birth of my first grandchild bring me here weeks later to one of the best weeks of the summer, weather-wise.

I'd never noticed the sunflowers in LOVE Park before. I've photographed the huge inflorescence (flowering heads) of sunflowers against a blue sky before - mostly in the midwest. These were tucked in a corner of the park, above the entrance to the underground parking. There was no sidewalk, so I had to almost walk in traffic on Arch Street to gain access to to the high planter.

I saw the sunflowers at the very end of a productive mid-day wandering Center City Philadelphia between assignments, doing some street photography and cool weather feature photo hunting.

Later in the afternoon it was on to Chester, where a drum and drill team practiced in the park for a performance they're doing at Disney World in two weeks.

The week started with an assignment near Trenton, and a chance to take backroads back home - Route 206 anyway - instead of the NJ Turnpike or I-295. Not only did I want to buy some fresh Jersey tomatoes and white corn, I was looking for a country version of street photography as well...

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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