Category Archives: Philadelphia
Can’t complain that this downed tree is the only Sandy damage that I’ve been inconvenienced by, hope all is well with you and yours.
Title insp. by LWC!
I spent most of last Sunday watching the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship from the grassy slope of Lemon Hill. Many flock to The Wall but something about Lemon Hill attracts more fans that are themselves cyclists and not just there to drink outside. The climb itself is short and fast averaging a modest grade when compared to the Manayunk Wall. Getting a good vantage point is very simple thanks to the curvature of the road. The pack powers through in a storm but there’s still the opportunity run up with the stragglers.
I stopped by my friend and neighbor Chris Wright‘s frame building studio on one of those abnormally warm January days we had here in Philly. Unfortunately he was between builds so mostly what I shot were just some details, I’ll be sure to visit again when he’s working on something good but enjoy these for now.
This past weekend marked the fourth year of the annual Tweed Ride here in Philadelphia and the third year that I’ve participated, but the first that I was able to help organize and design various print components like flyers and spoke cards. I brought out my 4×5 field camera again this year but was having trouble getting the Polaroid film I had around for it to process evenly (the caustic paste wasn’t spreading right) but I did shoot a couple black and white plates which still need to be processed. Carrying the whole rig of 4×5 camera, film holders, polaroid back, 35mm camera, light meter, and U-lock proved to be a mighty test for my newly installed Nitto M-12 rack and bag made by Ruth Works SF (see third photo below, review to come) but it was very stable even without running a decaleur. The couple loosely cobbled blocks that we were forced to take due to construction closures had me a little nervous but it all held together.
Heres just a sample of some of what I saw, I’ll be posting more on my photo blog over the next couple of days so be sure to follow along there. The Tweed Ride Philadelphia website has also started linking to galleries of photos taken that day by camera-wielding participants so there’s plenty more there as well.
This weekend I got out of the city to visit my new sponsor Trove General Store out in Paoli, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Trove carries a lot of rugged staple brands (Pendleton, Filson, Danner, etc) for both mens and women as well as housewares, obviously I was more focused on spotlighting the menswear offerings. Owners Foster and Charlotte did a great job on the shop which celebrates its first year of business next month. Read on for more details I caught during my visit.
Liberty Vintage has been getting a lot of attention after Etsy released their beautifully filmed mini-doc last week. I spent a good deal of time there while I was helping run extra extra in it’s former home which was located in the same building as Liberty. First Friday openings generally coincided with vintage bike meets which made for a pretty unique experience. From the looks of it he’s been using the gallery as a video studio.