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Revisiting Familiar Grounds [Photo Essay]

8B, the house number marked on the front door of my old home. The sticker on the letter slot indicates the residents prefer no spam. After living abroad for more than three years I visited my old home town. Wondering what has changed I packed both my curiosity and a camera. (Original posted as part of a photo essay 'Revisiting Familiar Grounds' here: http://www.basslabbers.com/WP/?p=1320) (Bas Slabbers /Photography)
8B, the house number marked on the front door of my old home. The sticker on the letter slot indicates the residents prefer no spam. After living abroad for more than three years I visited my old home town. Wondering what has changed I packed both my curiosity and a camera.

After living abroad for more than three years I recently (re-)visited my old home town. Wondering what has changed I packed both my curiosity and a camera. As expected – besides a few minor changes – everything seems more or less the same. Boats sail the ‘Spaarne’, the river meandering from North to South (or is it from South to North?) and local residents sip beers at a cafe on one of the squares. Record breaking temperatures and trees in fall colors make strolling the car-free alleys very pleasant. Is it me or are there even more tourists than before visiting the city?

Is the time spend in a different locale long enough to experience once familiar spots through new eyes or do old habits die hard? The images in this collection captured the scenes of every day’s life. Continue reading Revisiting Familiar Grounds [Photo Essay]

Leading up to Phila Public Schools Closings [Photo Essay]

On June 21, 2013 a number of Public Schools in the School District of Philadelphia will close it’s doors for good. The Facilities Master Plan by the School Reform Committee advices closure for 23 local schools in its district. This photo essay shows efforts of parents, students and educators in the days, months and years leading to the final closure…

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Top Shots of 2011 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival

 

“We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks). See expanded caption below.

We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m.

I was on the lookout for people with character. I saw this woman standing out of the crowd in front of the OARC stage on day 1. On stage the Rising Star talent search was going on. With tattoos covering her crossed arms, this woman was enjoying every second of Charissa the Violin Diva’s performance. Through the years I have learned that an image capturing the moment often happens off-stage rather than on-stage – a festival is about it’s attendants rather that the performers.

The photo itself is inspired by the ‘Phenomenal Woman’ photo (http://iphi.posterous.com/?tag=phenomenalwoman) by my wife and creative partner Jana Shea from a photo she took with her iPhone on Germantown Avenue earlier this year.

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