Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Snow of the Year

The end of the snowiest year ever

Last Snow of the Year

I pulled over on my drive home tonight when I spotted this trio - a plastic illuminated Santa, snowman and mystery figure toppled under the high winds - on a lawn with an un-shoveled sidewalk and driveway.

I thought it was fitting, as I started my day early this morning covering the Christmas weekend snow storm with another anthropomorphic allusion.

So has Santa just given up and collapsed at the end of this snowiest year ever, or is he only laughing at the "final" blizzard of the year?

Tom Gralish 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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