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As seen on the High Line on Instax

Just a couple of photos taken at High Line Park in Manhattan.  Pretty great space, built on historic freight rail lines on the west side.  It was a cold, very overcast day…I felt most of my other pictures look very flat but here are a few taken with my Fuji Instax 210.


PIFA Philly Street Fair

I’m finally getting around to posting some photos from the PIFA Philly Street Fair. It was definitely a fun and enjoyable event. There was so much to see and being able to walk up and down Broad Street without getting run over by cars was fun. There was great music, food vendors, street performers and a ton of people. The night ended with an awesome finale by the La Compagnie Transe Express – never before had I seen performers hoisted up by a crane on what can only be explained as a mobile, and perform above the street and the great crowds in between city buildings. Worth standing in the same spot for about an hour.

I put together a quick slideshow, but the full gallery is here. Oh- and to everyone who worked hard to make PIFA possible – please bring it back next year – we promise to support you!

Evening at the Avenue of the Arts

This month, the city of Philadelphia has lots of great events going on to celebrate their international festival of the arts (PIFA).  Last week, we attended just one of the many events at the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden, and enjoyed the “Green Fairy Cabaret.”  The show was quite enjoyable and humorous – and I was in awe of the acrobatics done right in front of my eyes.

We decided to start the evening with dinner at a Korean restaurant called Miga.  Before dinner, though, I had a half hour to kill, so off to the Lush cosmetics store to get a few items I needed and others I had been wanting to try.  After the mini shopping spree, we headed over to the restaurant where we had a great dinner.  Even though I’ve had Korean several times, it’s always been at the same restaurant, so it was nice to compare and indeed the food was great.  We started off with steamed and fried pork dumplings (Nathanael prefers fried, I prefer steamed and my sister, Alisha isn’t crazy about them so either worked for her) that had a yummy dipping sauce – a little spicy with some green onions.  I couldn’t make up my mind about what to eat, so I went with beef bulgogi.  We all finished dinner pretty satisfied and decided to walk around the city a bit to enjoy the beautiful spring evening.

While walking around South Broad Street, I decided to take a few portraits, and although I hate how grainy my camera gets at a high ISO, I had fun shooting and I think my awesomely , good-looking models had fun too.  Funny how we all had “neckwear” on, as someone guy on the elevator later that night sarcastically (yet humorously)  pointed out he was under dressed and had been outdone in the neck-wear department.  Well, yes sir, we like our scarves and our bow ties – and we make it look good thank you very much.

Below are some photos of our enjoyable evening.  Full gallery here.

Food styled by me 🙂 I meant to take pictures of my entire meal, but I got a little distracted - eating!

Nathanael, of

My sister, Alisha

Theres a reason I like to be behind the camera, always (seriously) trying to tweak my appearance!

Ray Ban Rare Prints Wayfarers by Matt W. Moore

I think this Ray Ban Rare Prints Wayfarers ad is pretty awesome.  The Wayfarers print and ad is designed by Matt W. Moore.  He also did a live mural for the Sunglass Hut store in Herald Square.  I think I’ll put on my new pair of black Wayfarers on today.

16×20 Poster idea comes to life

There are some really great tutorials you can find out there to improve your Photoshop and Illustrator skills.  I have been using both for about a year now, but only on a very limited level…I’ve barely scratched the surface.  In an effort to better my skills, I’ve been reading and following some tutorials to get a better feel for all the pretty amazing things you can do with both programs.

Last night, I created the above, retro-inspired poster.  Probably took me longer than it would any other Photoshop expert, but the point was to work more with masks, layer styles, blending modes, textures, etc., and really start to feel comfortable with it.  The idea came from a conversation a few days ago…

So, you may ask what does the DMAK stand for?  Well, though there’s more to the story, it’s the acronym that stands for the initials of a few great friends, people who besides my family and a few other childhood friends, I’ve known the longest (not forgetting though, that some other pretty awesome people pop into your life as time goes by).  We actually got to thinking the other day in conversation, “wow, we’ve known each other forever!”  Actually since my family moved into the area back in 1992 (I think).  Sentimentalism and jokes aside, here’s my first ever “real” poster.

For some really great tutorials, design freebies and creative inspiration, check out some of my favorite sites: Smashing Magazine, Abduzeedo, PSD Tuts+.

Click-worthy: Examples of Celebrity Caricatures

above illustration by Anthony Geoffroy

Funny Examples of Celebrity Caricatures

It’s Monday – back to work, back to the routine.  Here’s a little something I found (via abduzeedo) that may entertain you on this gloomy (for those of us here on the East Coast), Monday morning.

Coke Heads Talk Too Much

Taken at Arch St & N 16th St in Philadelphia, PA.

Click below for the color version…