WHAT ARE YOU TESTING FOR? “We’re with the Senior Environment Corps. We come out here every month to test the water. I'm testing for dissolved oxygen. It’s a three stage process. We add manganese sulfate and the dissolved oxygen in the water oxidizes- don't try to write it down; chemists can't even explain it so well. Watch the colors change.” Ed Chun, Cresheim Creek at Germantown Avenue.
This website features photographs and video interviews that I pause to take when I am out in the community (mostly my community, Northwest Philadelphia but sometimes far beyond) going about my normal business, fist with my digital camera but now with my iPhone handy. I love to meet people and, when I see someone or something interesting, I am curious to find out more. I studied photography many years ago with Don Camera (seriously!) and was exposed (pun intended) to darkroom work at the Fleisher Art Memorial. I collect photography books, black and white, color, photojournalistic, landscape, experimental, but a little less passionately now that the web is so rich in images. My current inspirations are too numerous to list!
I thank my subjects who share their visages and sometimes more, voices and thoughts with you.
Short videos also accompany most of the photo interviews here and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/buhrayin
Many of the photos have appeared on and off in"Close Up" in the Chestnut Hill Local print version and likewise with photos and videos in its online edition. Some of my video stories have been picked up by Public media WHYY, Fox TV news and other websites. Beginning in 2014 several audio excerpts of the video interviews have been broadcast on the BBC Radio World Edition hosted by Dan Damon.
If you are an editor and like what you see here, I have many more photos and videos of Philly and beyond for you to consider publishing. Contact me through the link on the home page.
Thank you for visiting.