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Lecture & Exhibition: South Philly Traditions

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South Philly Traditions

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Xiaonan Chen: Daydream

 

Photography and Text by Xiaonan Chen, Copyright 2017

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DAYDREAM

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It is a hot afternoon, no wind, no sound. What’s in her eyes is just the room painted by the golden sunshine. She grasps her straw hat, and the exotic metal earrings, and the cream-color mesh sweater covers on the black vest. She looks like she’s preparing for a trip, but no. It’s just a daydream.

She puts on the blood-red lipstick, which she never used. She is making up so carefully as she is watches her beautiful face from the mirror. She is just like going to a ball, but no. It’s just a daydream.

She wears her loose sweater with wide collar and long sleeves, and her long denim skirt with a diagonal cut. The yellow sweater contrasts the blue skirt so strong just like the sunshine and shadow. She plays hide and seek with herself, she gets lost in her world. It’s just a daydream.

She gets tired of the game, she takes on her white formal dress and the pair of round black sunglasses decorated with tiny diamonds. She still wears the lipstick but never see the mirror again. She looks outside from the window like some story is happening there. The golden fasteners on her pants sparkle under the strong sunshine. One of her shoulders exposes in the air but the other covered under the long sleeve. Just like two different parts of herself. She is mysterious, she is daydreaming.

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Portrait of Xiaonan Chen by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017

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Xiaonan Chen is enrolled in the graduate program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sharon Song: The Un-pedestrian Pedestrians of NYFW

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

 

Photography and Text by Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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THE UN-PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIANS OF NYFW

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Walking the streets of NYC during New York Fashion week elicited a kind of emotion unlike any other I have ever experienced before. Growing up just a little outside of the city that never sleeps, I have always been aware of the unique and eclectic styles of NYC’s inhabitants. However, I had never seen such a concentrated population of such bold fashion statements crossing downtown streets in this magnitude. People elected to express their passion for fashion and self-expression with vibrant colors in both garment and hair. Patterns from busy to more simple designs were donned, yet each meticulously curated look said something significant about the canvas it was showcased on; the person.

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Photo: Sharon Song

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New York Fashion week exemplified the variation that exists in street fashion. Although trends come and go, being self-expressive always persists. Models clad in metallic chose to reflect the sun’s light that day, while those in denim opted to put their own twist on something more traditional and timeless. Individuals chose leather to express their edge and funky sunglasses to represent their quirks. Personality was built into every thoughtful garment and accessory. These pedestrians were anything but pedestrian. They were risk takers, trying to push the boundaries of common trends and establish new and unique ones.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

Above all, the common theme that I noticed was that people were proud. Every individual was excited to show off their looks and few shied away from curiosity towards their ensembles. They were flattered by admirers’ interest in their styles, and willingly posed for requested shots.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Their outfits called for attention and praise, which onlookers readily gave. This, in turn, offered appreciation for the creativity and individuality of the people behind these looks. As a result of the progressive nature of NYC, people were given the opportunity to be bold about their vulnerabilities and insecurities. The environment was one that exuded acceptance and collective love for fashion. Thus, it was here, on the streets of New York, that everyone could be the most true and honest version of themselves.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Portrait of Sharon Song by Karishma Sheth, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Sharon Song is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018

 

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Venice Beach: Portrait of the Day

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Travelogue: Hamburg 2017

 

Photos and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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I have been traveling to Hamburg, Germany for 20 years.  The city in many regards hasn’t changed all that much.  I have stayed in various parts of this very cosmopolitan city over the years, but I find myself on this trip returning to the district of St. Pauli where  all of my earliest travels to Hamburg  began so many years ago.  The Hotel Monopol is located on one of the most lively and exciting night life blocks, the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli’s red light district, where the sound of popular music emanates from a variety of night clubs, strip clubs and regular bars into the wee hours of every morning, especially in the summer months when tourism in Europe is at its peak.

It seems that every time I’m in St. Pauli during the summer months  the traveling DOM amusement park is setup on a huge empty lot next door to the St Pauli soccer stadium.  In the opposite direction I took a stroll to Cuneo my favorite Italian restaurant in all of Hamburg.  It is also the longest continuously operated restaurants in all of Germany, even surviving the bombardment of World War II.  Just a stones throw away from Cuneo is the famous Herberstrasse, where men can shop for a prostitute some of whom stand in front of the local Burger King carefully screening and soliciting men as they walk along the street directly in front of a police station, which apparently was quite busy as the sound of police sirens were heard as often as the music.  Prostitution is legal in Hamburg and on occasion harmoniously  juxtaposed against old  churches in the neighborhood.  There was a very large gay parade traversing through a less seedy part of town. Gun shops freely display a variety of hand guns for sale, symbols of the increasing liberal policies of today’s German government. 

My main reason for this trip was to check in on a large body of photographs that were in storage at a gallery located not far from the Monopol Hotel.  My agent, Ms. Suzaan Talib is presently arranging an exhibition of a group of these works stored in Hamburg. The prints are quite large, measuring 48 X 72 inches and were printed in Stuttgart, Germany in 2002.  No editions.  All one of kind.   See the video below for more details.

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