Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cruising, Slowly, Back in Time

The Roxborough Ridge Runners bring out their classic cars to the shopping center for a weekly parking lot cruise.

Cruising, Slowly, Back in Time

One of the great things about working a night shift is that sometimes I have a camera in my hands as the sun sets. It's not like I see a beautiful sky and find myself on the way to pick up the kids kids or in the grocery store parking lot. Last week I was in a parking lot, but taking pictures as the sky changed from grey to pink.

Click here, or on one of the photos for a slide show of the Thursday night gathering of the Roxborough Ridge Runners as they bring out their rides, their classic cars, to the Ivy Ridge shopping center for a weekly parking lot cruise.

Inquirer Staff Photographer
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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.

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