Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Philadelphia Beekeeper's Symposium : Photographers and Pro Bono Work

 Dr. Deb Delaney, University of Delaware, Presenting "Take Time to Smell the Roses." ©2017 Addison Geary 
Pro Bono, Latin, meaning "for good." When it comes to shooting for free, you need to do what feels right for you. If there is an organization or a cause you believe in and you want to donate your time and expertise, that's up to you.

In my case, I volunteered to document the 7th annual Philadelphia Beekeepers Symposium held at Temple University. Everyone working the Symposium was a volunteer. I had also donated several beekeeping related photos to be included in the program, one of which appeared on the cover.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Steel Yard: Industrial Arts Center, Providence Rhode Island


     Summer was coming to an end and once again it was time to make the pilgrimage to Providence, Rhode Island to move our son back into the RISD dorms. Just like last year we rented a Dodge Caravan and stuffed it to the roof with Wynn’s belongings. What we did differently than the year before was to leave a week earlier so as not to get stuck in Labor Day traffic. In addition, rather than book yet another drab hotel room we booked accommodations on Airbnb, which by the way, was founded by a RISD grad. We booked a loft at The Steel Yard, a non-profit, industrial arts school located on the 3.5 acre campus of what was formerly The Providence Iron and Steel Company founded in 1882. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Purdue Queen Bee: Ankle Biters

A Perdue queen bee and her attendants in queen cage               ©2016Addison Geary
The plight of the honeybee has received quite a bit attention in the media lately and for good reason. Honeybees are directly responsible for, or help in the pollination of 30% of the food we eat.  Since 1990 the honeybee population has dropped by 25%. Researchers are calling this Colony Collapse Disorder and are trying to determine the causes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Farewell Marblecar: Art Car Finds a New Home

Volvo 544 exiting the same hedgerow it entered 19 years ago.
Last week we said goodbye to our old friend the Marble Car. After sitting in our neighbor’s backyard for nearly two decades, the 1964 Volvo 544 Sport was relocated to New Paltz, NY. This was the second vintage car to leave our block after another neighbor, Gus, parted with his 1952 Dodge.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fowl Play at Manayunk Farm: Backyard Chickens

Ethel the Easter Egger, Ameraucana

"Winter's coming." The days are short and though temperatures have been higher than normal, it’s

still chilly outside. Assignments have slowed to a trickle and the beekeeper project is on hold till

spring. With the exception of the occasional iPhone photo I really haven’t been shooting much. That

 began to change yesterday after my son sent me a text asking if I could make some new photographs

 for his Manayunk Farm website.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wall of Rememberance: Berlin Wall Memorial

Close-up from Berlin Wall Memorial

Framed in a rusty, steel shadowbox are the black and white portraits of people who lost their lives attempting to cross the wall from East to West Germany. Their names, birth and death dates are indelibly etched into the steel beneath each recessed compartment. The portraits are covered in glass in which you can view your own reflection, as if to ask us to put ourselves in their place. Roses had been placed above each name in a gesture of remembrance. Some compartments had only names and dates while others were covered with metal plates as it is inevitable more victims will be added as their stories are discovered. While 130 victims are present on the wall I moved in close to better capture each likeness.

This photo was one of my entries to the 2015 ASMPhilly Focus book. This year's theme was “Faces.” When I made the image I couldn't help but wonder who these people were and after learning it would be published, I felt obligated to do some research. Here are some of their stories. Keep them in mind whenever you hear politicians talk about building Walls.