I think it goes without saying that I really, really love this city and its potential for artists, creatives and young people alike. And it’s really exciting to share my thoughts with more and more people over the years.
That’s why I was super honored to be highlighted in a video that premiered at ThinkFest 2014 last week by the folks at Philadelphia Magazine. ThinkFest, if you weren’t sure, is an annual event that, according to Philadelphia Magazine, brings “our city’s biggest thinkers together to share their boldest ideas and most inspiring stories.”
Would love for y’all to check out my video above!
You may remember when I explored Graffiti Pier last summer, posting this plead to the city to protect this creative space and leave it be as a mecca for graffiti writers and graffiti appreciators alike.
This week, Philly-based photographer and popular Instragrammer Druf has sent me these amazing photos of Graffiti Pier at night… Can’t say enough how much I love this space, and how important it is for the city. (P.s. check out more of Druf’s photography here!)
You may remember back at the end of September, Cory J Popp released the first in a series of four videos exploring abandoned spaces in Philly with four different urban explorers. I was supremely lucky to be the first photographer featured, lucky because Cory is an amazingly talented filmmaker and these videos are turning out incredibly – watch the first episode here!
The video embedded above is the second in his series, featuring Tracy Levesque, a super talented photographer – one of my favorites (follow her here!)
Looking forward to Part Three…
Last time this week, many of us were eagerly awaiting the all but foregone victory of Tom Wolf in PA’s Governor’s race. Forgone because the man running against him for reelection, Tom Corbett, was possibly the worst governor our state’s ever seen: for many, many reasons, but for me I think it had a ton to do with him famously cutting budgets for education while still finding money somehow to build more prisons and give tax breaks to polluters. Not exactly the Pennsylvania I wan to live in.
Nevertheless, I just saw this poster on Frankford avenue in Fishtown (near Blue Cadet). A poster which seems to imply that no matter what, we may be in for more of the same… I hope that’s not true. Or, perhaps I’m reading this poster the wrong way. Either way, I like when artists use their talents to spark this kind of thought/conversation!