Capturing A City In Transition

 

Curating an annual preview of Greater Philly Photo Day is a long standing tradition of ours. Every November we settle into a warm desk at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and dive into more than a thousand submissions taken on one day in early October. In 2015, in its sixth year, organizers expanded the project to include all 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia region, adding yet another layer of insight into the area’s broad, collective minds by way of crowdsourced photography. (They’ve also created a cool geotagged map of photo locations that you can peruse HERE.)

As with any large quantity of data, trends tend to surface. This year, in place of raw street life, playful and menacing delirium, and gritty, urban blight so prevalent in years past were images of people in motion, construction, and an all-encompassing air of self reflection. Less confrontation through street portraiture and more introspective glimpses of a city in transition. As a whole, the collection feels like a unified meditation on our place, at present, within this rapidly changing environment. There’s also a great shot of a pet turtle. Perhaps I’m overthinking it all.

Starting this Thursday, November 12, with an opening reception from 6-8PM, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street, will display the photographs.

Here is our distilled selection from the 1,412 submissions to the 2015 Greater Philly Photo Day. All were taken October 9, 2015.

Photo: Mike Drzal

Photo: Mike Drzal

Photo: Jessica Gamble

Photo: Jessica Gamble

Photo: David Christopher

Photo: David Christopher

Photo: Emily Gowen

Photo: Emily Gowen

Photo: Hidayah Ibrahim

Photo: Lydia Ciaffone

Photo: Ho Chuen Kan

Photo: Ho Chuen Kan

Photo: John Stritzinger

Photo: John Stritzinger

Photo: Susan Liedke

Photo: Susan Liedke

Photo: Alex Djordjevic

Photo: Alex Djordjevic

Photo: Breanne Furlong

Photo: Breanne Furlong

Photo: Robert Cocozza

Photo: Robert Cocozza

Photo: Nadia Bobo

Photo: Nadia Bobo

Photo: Lucas Hardison

Photo: Lucas Hardison

Photo: Stephanie Davis

Photo: Stephanie Davis

Photo: Steven Huang

Photo: Steven Huang

Photo: Mechelle Lavelle

Photo: Kathryn Nania

Photo: Liz DeMartino

Photo: Liz DeMartino

Photo: Howard Chattley

Photo: Stuart Rome

Photo: Opeyemi Ajoje

Photo: Morgen Christie

Photo: Morgen Christie

Photo: John Carlano

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The Philly Photo Day 2015 exhibition will run from November 12 to January 2, 2016.

For more information about programming, classes, and Greater Philly Photo Day, see the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center website HERE.

About the author

Michael Bixler is a writer, photographer, and managing editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a former arts and entertainment reporter with Mountain Xpress weekly in Asheville, North Carolina and a native of South Carolina. Bixler has a keen interest in adaptive reuse, underappreciated architecture, contemporary literature and art, and forward-thinking dialogue about people and place. mmbixler.tumblr.com

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