Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fantasy Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Next American City

Series of three Illos for Next American City, imagining the future of several changing Philadelphia neighborhoods - East Passyunk, Frankford Ave and University City.

As someone who passionately disagrees with the popular "tear down the old, put in Steven Starr restaurants and Starbucks" model of urban renewal I was glad to have some leeway to leave in the amazing East Passyunk "King Of Jeans" sign (interesting article about the history of that thing here: Passyunk Sign of Ridiculous Charm May Be Lost) and some crust punks in the background of the University City piece.

I've never worked like this over photographs before and was definitely worried it would be a mess, but overall I'm happy with how they turned out, my only regret really is not being able to put in 10,000 more details. Much thanks to art director Anthony Smyrski for an awesome gig. 

Preview the article here, and you can buy it for a couple dollars-

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