Want to go on a Philly adventure? Venture into some of the less traveled neighborhoods? George Matysik’s got a list that will take you from 52nd Street to Feltonville.
Bell’s Market is a Russian supermarket in the Northeast filled with cheap produce, an extensive selection of smoked and dried fish, deli salads, cheap canned goods, an entire aisle of tea, and candies and chocolates you’ve probably never heard of. If you don’t speak Russian, you may be the only one in the shop that doesn’t.
8354 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
5. Ross Markman and Emily Paull (Love Notes #4 and 5): Reading Terminal Market
Ross was my friend’s roommate. Emily is his girlfriend. Somehow I convinced them to be the first love note writers outside of my own short notes. I met them at Reading Terminal, iPhone in hand, having no real experience with photography, and certainly none with photographing people. We sat down at the tables in the Market, and I handed them each a piece of paper to write their love notes that I would later transcribe. I have learned much since then:
- Have people submit their notes via email when they are good and ready
- Courier is a terrible type font for this blog (yes, I know, it will be fixed soon)
- Shoot photos of people discreetly if possible so as not to make them too uncomfortable
- Warn contributors that it’s “just me and an iPhone” so they’re not too disappointed when I come sans camera
- Have standardized questions
- Occasionally add in some personal moments (but not too many)
- Use the meeting as an opportunity to get to know the contributors and the places they’ve chosen