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With Bernie Sanders finally on board the Hillary train. Mrs. Clinton is looking to give all Bernsters a ride to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come November 8th.

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When you call for an Uber and she only wants to take you to Washington D.C with a quick stop in Philly.

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Watching the Election returns

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This is the first image of my new photo project that has been sixteen years in the making.   Back in 2000 when Bush 2 and Gore were fighting for Florida, I had this idea of showing the candidates doing every day things. Nothing crazy, only  simple things such as ordering dinner on Seamless, driving with Uber, or taking the dog out for a walk.  Things that I’m sure they haven’t done.  Sadly, this remained only as an idea, and no photos were ever made.

When Obama and McCain hit the trail in 2008, I figured this has to be the election for my project.  Obama was rallying the younger crowd and McCain had the former Governor of Alaska as his running mate.  What more could I ask for?  Well, I blamed life and no photos were ever made.

Fast forward another eight years and who ends up hitting the political scene?  Trump and Clinton. Comedy gold!  Having both won 11 states so far, and because of what they have been saying during the most interesting debates ever, I had to start making photos.  And I have!

I plan to photograph till the end of this election season people doing everyday things.  Not as themselves, but as one of the current front runners for the Democratic and Republican party presidential nominations.  Candidates say they are just like us.  Let’s see how they “handle” living in our shoes, doing stuff you and I do to survive on a regular basis.

 

 

The day I ran into Deadpool

12695053_10153276953505025_2361274347395629641_oOne day while on lunch I decided to walk around outside of my then office in NYC.  The office is located on Astor Place and is surrounded by other media companies.  Well, who do I happen to run into but Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds.  He was doing promotions for a project that escapes me at the moment.  He was coming out of the AOL offices and decided to stop to say hi to some fans. All I had with me was my Nexus 6, but as someone once said ‘the best camera is the one you have with you’.

I always noticed crowds of people and photographers gathering around the back entrance to AOL, but never did I think I would actually run into a celeb.  Reynolds was very gracious with his time, signing autographs and posing for pics with as many people as possible.  Even after his handlers were trying to reign him in, he insisted on just one more pic.

In case you didn’t know, Deadpool hits theaters today and early buzz says that it’s a pretty good movie.  Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure and the red band one at that.

 

 

Five Fab Fotos with Susan Angstadt, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Many of you may remember that our friend Susan was featured in “Five Fab Fotos” last year and now she has just started a new blog titled “Reading Revealed“.

Here’s a little bit from her “About me” page:

I’m a photographer at the Reading Eagle. I grew up in Spring Township, moved to New York City for 14 years, and now have lived in Reading, Pa., for the past 12 years.

With this blog I photograph the people of Reading and get to know them by having them answer one intimate question about themselves. I ask questions such as:

  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • What was the happiest moment of your life?
  • What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
  • What is your greatest struggle?

Looking forward to some great posts!

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Meet Susan Angstadt, Staff Photojournalist for the Reading Eagle:

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I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania – in the backyard of Amish country – and have worked as a photojournalist at the Reading Eagle newspaper since 2001. After earning a degree in film production from Hunter College in New York City, I studied photography at the International Center of Photography, also in NYC. My love for journalism started while living in the Hasidic area of Williamsburg Brooklyn where I was fascinated by the culture. This was further enhanced by a class I took at ICP called “documenting a community” where I went to Columbus Park in Chinatown nearly every day for weeks to document the people who practiced Tai Chi or played poker. As a photojournalist I have won numerous awards, including four Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards. In my spare time, I enjoy photographing anything cute and furry, older…

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Cleopatra’s Needles

After living in New York City for almost 2.5 years, I finally made out to visit the obelisk in Central Park.  I was running an errand on the UES, and figured since I close by I should stop.  The obelisk known as “Cleopatra’s Needle” is one of a pair.   The other half-lives in London.   While working in Covent Garden, I would visit the other “Cleopatra’s Needle” usually after work.  I also have visited the needle in Paris, which is not part of this NYC/London pair, but is part of a pair that marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple.

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The Central Park obelisk is located behind the MET or basically E. 82nd street. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

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The surface of the stone is heavily weathered, nearly masking the rows of Egyptian hieroglyphs engraved on all sides. Photographs taken near the time the obelisk was erected in the park show that the inscriptions or hieroglyphs, as depicted below with translation,[15] were still quite legible and date first from Thutmosis III (1479–1425 BC) and then nearly 300 years later, Ramesses II the Great (1279–1213 BC). The stone had stood in the clear dry Egyptian desert air for nearly 3000 years and had undergone little weathering. In a little more than a century in the climate of New York City, pollution and acid rain have heavily pitted its surfaces. In 2010, Dr. Zahi Hawass, sent an open letter to the president of the Central Park Conservancy and the Mayor of New York City insisting on improved conservation efforts. If they are not able to properly care for the obelisk, he has threatened to “take the necessary steps to bring this precious artifact home and save it from ruin.” Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra's Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII - HISTORY OF OBELISK.  Wikipedia Commons

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra’s Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII – HISTORY OF OBELISK. Wikipedia Commons

Paris, France

The Paris Needle (“L’aiguille de Cléopâtre”) is in the Place de la Concorde. The centre of the Place is occupied by the giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Along with its twin (still in situ), it once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The ruler of Egypt and Sudan, Muhammad Ali, presented the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1826. Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

I couldn’t find any of my photos of Cleopatra’s Needle in London, so I leave you with the next best thing.

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Cleopatra’s Needle Wenlock, located in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

To learn more about the obelisks be sure to visit Wikipedia.