Military Mummers, 1998

Whenever I hear about those plans for a military parade I always think of this picture I took during a Philadelphia Mummers New Year’s Day Parade just over 20 years ago on South Broad Street in Center City.

There’s no caption info but the filename I used that day suggests this might be the Aqua String Band. The date indicates that I must have captured this image on film and scanned the negative.

Eagles Super Bowl Parade

I went out to take a look as the Eagles Super Bowl championship parade arrived at Philadelphia City Hall earlier this afternoon.

I had my pocket camera on a three-foot selfie stick so that I could view images and snap pictures through an iPhone app — but I could still barely see over the enormous crowd.

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Dirty bomb drill, 2006

Volunteers pause for pizza outside after portraying victims of a dirty bomb attack during a drill at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia in 2006. Several city hospitals participated in the drill, which simulated coordinated attacks on downtown train stations.

The image quality was rough because the subjects were standing in a shadowed area in early evening light and then I probably over-manipulated the file to optimize it for use in newsprint.

Demonstrators arrested, 2003

Peace protesters are taken into custody after crossing a police line near the White House in Washington in January 2003, two months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Camera data: Date: 1/19/03, Time: 12:49:51 p.m., Shutter speed: 1/350, f: 4.0, ISO: 400, Lens: 20mm

Winter wreck, 2001

Philadelphia Fire Department medics and firefighters transport an injured person they rescued from an overturned van in Fairmount Park during a snowstorm in 2001. Weather can cause accidents and challenge first responders but it makes work very difficult for news photographers too.

Looking back at 2017

I don’t take pictures for a living anymore but I still carry a camera just about every day. Here are some of my favorite images from last year in chronological order with the captions I included on my Instagram account:

January 13: Huge waves and high tides swamped Eagle Beach in Aruba today.

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Holiday Panorama

Holiday lights brighten Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia in this panoramic photograph. The display originated in the former Wannamaker Department Store in 1956.