Saturday, April 4, 2009

David Tejada & Company, in Philly

L to R: David Tejada, Erik Lawrence, yours truely and Ian Galbraith after finishing off Geno's cheesesteaks with wiz. Thanks to Amanda Stevenson-Lupke,(current ASMP Philly Pesident,) for the photo.

As Programs Chair on the Board of ASMP Philadelphia, one of my duties is to reach out to possible presenters for future programs.

I first heard of David Tejada over twenty years ago when I lived in Denver. I remembered seeing his images in The Colorado Creative Directory, then in 2006 while reading David Hobby’s blog "Strobist," I came across his work again. I followed the links to David’s "?"The F- Stops Here" Blog and his YouTube, on assignment Videos.

I knew David was traveling around the country conducting "Small Strobes, Big Results" Workshops but hadn’t been to Philadelphia yet. I emailed him offering logistical help for the workshop if he’d give a presentation to our members. David called me back and said he’d love to come to Philly and wanted to know what location I had in mind for the workshop. I suggested Eastern State Penitentiary. Built in the early18oo’s, one time home of Al Capone, now rusted bars and peeling paint, rumored to be haunted, turned into a tourist attraction, film location It’s “Terror Behind The Walls,”was just ranked the number one haunted house in America. And you thought all Philly had was an old cracked bell!

David and his assistants, Eric and Ian flew in the day before the Lecture and wanted to meet up for dinner. For a true Philadelphia experience I took them to Geno's Steaks in South Philly. Nothing but the best for our guests. I warned them not to make a scene by asking for Provolone cheese like John Kerry did, while campaigning in Philly in 2004. Some political analysts believe this faux pas played a major part in his losing the election.

With over ninety people in attendance, the ASMP lecture was a big hit. There was so much demand for the workshop that David added another day and still had to turn people away. I bet it wouldn't be to hard to get him to come back again.