Monday, March 30, 2015

Sign of Spring

Warm day, trees in bloom, photographer looking for weather photo

Sign of Spring

I've driven by the Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site in North Philadelphia dozens of times over the years when the trees around the Raven sculpture were in full bloom. It happened again this morning, and just like every other time, I pulled over, looked at the blossoms, and decided the light wasn't right and there were no visitors around, and little chance any would appear if I tried to make a picture.  Three assignments later, I was driving back to the office when I passed the small park on the Ben Franklin Parkway at 16th Street. Similar blossoms, but this time the light was good, and there were people all around. So this time I got out of the car.

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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