“Through My Eyes”, a solo exhibition by David Swift

Visionary photographer and PPL member David Swift invites you to go on an aesthetic journey to witness his mindful observations of beauty and despair; the comical and quixotic as seen through his eyes in everyday life. His thought-provoking artistry is romantically portrayed through the exclusive use of image capture on film.

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, August 26, 6-9 pm. Refreshments will be provided along with the acoustic musical stylings of his son, the über-talented Rob Swift.

Red Hook Coffee & Tea

765 S. 4th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147

Works on display throughout September.

Meandering with MikeK in South Kensington

Meandering with Mike K in South Kensington

following a winding course: a meandering lane.
proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion


Another 6:00 pm start to avoid the worst of heat and get some golden hour shots.

South Kensington is another recovering neighborhood, growing even faster then Brewerytown.  There is a lot of re-purposed and new construction.  Bounded by 6th st on west, Front on east, Girard Ave on south and Berks to the north.

We will meet at the brand new brewery/pub  St Banjamin’s on 5th st and Cecil B Moore. 

We will then go east.  At the corner of Cecil B. Moore Ave and Howard is an old firehouse with turrets. Sites on the way include Gravy Studio, a coop photo gallery, Keystone mini-golf, statuary next to a church with a gorgeous tower, a colorful Puerto Rican neighborhood restaurant, El Cafeito. South a block then we will backtrack to Third Ave and check out the graffiti wall. Further west on Oxford St is the old Gretz Brewery building with a photogenic tower. 

We will turn onto N. Cadwallader St. Past Jefferson is the New Liberty Distilling Company. 

Check out the Belgian block sidewalks. Then we are at the Crane Building, home of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center / PPAC and artist studios. 

Then we will go south on N. American St to Girard to see the The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, the knight on horseback. That story by the Spaniard Cervantes was one of the first modern novels, written in 1605. How the statue got placed in S Kensington is a question I would like to know the answer to. This is as beautiful as any statue in center city. A must photo op

Then we will turn and go north on 2nd St. I think this is the main street of S Kensington. 

Of course there is another great mural a block long on the left. 

Past Masters St is St Michael’s Church, a beautiful brick building with arches and a clock tower. A masterpiece.

A right at Jefferson St to Howard St. Another right to Masters St then left to the El Bar for a well earned drink. 

The El Bar, a dive bar with the best outdoor yard ever; huge and full of trees and picnic tables. The weather looks to be good so that will be pleasant to hang out under the trees. 

$5 as usual paid at event start.

Any questions post below. Don’t have to be a PPL member to attend. Get to know us,

maybe you will want to join.

El Bar and back yard. 

PPL Monthly Meetup – NEW LOCATION !

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month.  PLEASE NOTE WE ARE AT A NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH !

All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events …… PLUS …….. see the work of fellow PPL’ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize.

This is a current image :

PPL Monthly Meetup – NEW LOCATION !

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month.  PLEASE NOTE WE ARE AT A NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH !

All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events …… PLUS …….. see the work of fellow PPL’ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize.

This is a current image :

Meandering with Mike K – Fitler Square Edition

To Meander : following a winding course: a meandering lane. Proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion.

To mix it up a bit this will be an early evening trek. Gotta get the golden hour skyscraper shot from the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk. 

Come on out this Saturday afternoon for a “Meandering with Mike K” street photo walk. This time we will explore the Filter Square area of West Center City, my favorite part of the city; so much Victorian architecture and laid back places.

Meet at the Good Karma Cafe at 331 S 22 St at 6:00 pm and get coffe-ed up if you want.  With a name like that you can’t go wrong. 

We will plan on checking out some lovely side streets like Rittenhouse St and Delancey Place. Those Victorians really built with style. Then we will head to Fitler Square, a quaint little park with the bronze goat and more. To Gavin’s Cafe for an Argentinean empanadas. Then to Taney Park, home of the Little League champs. Check out the playground and dog park. Up and over the train tracks. Maybe there will be Baken crude oil tankers on the tracks. Then onto the trail and over the boardwalk for fantastic views. 

We will get off the boardwalk at South St and head east. Past the Children’s Hospital massive construction site and other condos going up further down. Then north on 22nd to Lombard and to the famous Doobie’s Bar. The classiest dive bar around. Good beer, food and conversation. Don’t be surprised if you hear people talking about poetry. The place looks like a dive but the people are not. 

Fee is $5 each. Seen you then.