I’ve been doing what I do professionally for quite some time now. If there’s one thing I’ve learned (and, at times, have had to relearn) it’s that no man or woman is an island. As a creative professional, the folks I’m honored to count as clients count on me to make the buildings they build and the spaces they design shine as boldly and brightly as possible. And I count on them to keep food on my table and film in my camera. Digitally speaking, of course.
So, as we move into the holiday season – and at a time of uncertainty – I’m determined to keep my attitude one of gratitude.
I’m thankful for all the good work and projects I’ve been able to be part of throughout 2016. The worlds of real estate and architecture in and around Philadelphia are active and vibrant. When I travel through the city’s streets, I see new constructions that are enhancing Philadephia’s story, rather than detracting from it.
The interactive Light Play installation at Southstar Lofts is a prime example. Built as part of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s “Percent for Art” program, I was asked to photograph it by Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, the Boston-based artists who designed the project.
Projecting color onto the building and street in synch with the motion of the sun, the effect is a literal representation of the connection between art and commerce – a flourishing rental market helps fund the art, while a vibrant art scene helps create a place where people want to live and businesses want to locate.
I’m grateful to Harries/Heder for choosing me to shine a light on their work. I’m also grateful for long-standing relationships with companies including CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle, Newmark, HFF, University of Pennsylvania and EP Henry – as well as new clients like Greystar and Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson. If I’ve left you off the list, my apologies.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t express thanks for all of the people who support me in my business. My editor and assistant, Paul (who also happens to be my son), deals with my quirks on a daily basis and makes me proud every day. My office manager, Tanya, keeps all the behind the scenes financial and database tasks flowing seamlessly. A shout out to all of the freelance photo assistants, Fernando, Matt, Dan, Mike and Jason, who raise the level of my game. And shout outs to my marketing consultant, Janie Hewson, my writer, Steve Rotterdam, my designer, Aaron Vinton, and my accountant, Bill Irish.
Finally, there’s the rest of my family. My amazing wife, Bev. My daughter, Lily, whose spirit and ambition make me proud. My loving mother, Eva, who at 80 sends more texts than I can keep up with. And my brother, Chan, who holds the record for my longest running friendship.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.