Category Archives: Documentary

Diary: Theresa. A Visit to Alcatraz

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Theresa: A Visit to Alcatraz. 1980

 

 Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2019

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Diary: Theresa. A Visit to Alcatraz. 1980

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I first laid eyes on Theresa as she excited a cable car on a side street next to the Fairmount Hotel where I was staying in San Francisco on assignment in 1980.  She walked directly towards me as I was standing on the sidewalk next to the hotel waiting for the concierge to have my car delivered from the garage on my way to a photo shoot.   I said hello and she said hello back with a flirtatious smile.  Low and behold she was an employee of the hotel as she motioned to open a side door I noticed for employees only . As she opened her purse to get her pass key,  I commented that I was a guest at the hotel and mentioned how satisfied I was with the accommodations.  She said she would pass the compliment on to management.  We exchanged phone numbers.  Later that day we met for drinks at Donatello, her favorite Italian restaurant just off of Union Square.

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Theresa at Donatello. Union Square. San Francisco, 1980.

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One thing quickly led to the next and so began a brief but romantic relationship. One of the highlights of our time together was a trip we took to Alcatraz Island where I captured this very beautiful moment with this Mexican beauty!

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Larry Francis: The City in a New Light

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Larry Francis: The City in a New Light

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Larry Francis: The City in a New Light

January 4 – 26, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 5 – 7 pm

Gross McCleaf Gallery

127 S. Sixteenth Street

215-665-8138

Philadelphia, Pa. 19102

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Fishing at Midvale: Oil on Canvas. 36″x30″

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My subject is the city, the world outside my door. These paintings are straightforward representations of the things I see. There is a bit of magic in the early morning light on a wall, the cacophony of colorful signs in a shop window, or along a thoroughfare, and the reflections of light sparkling on the river. All these bits of life, and the sense of human habitation within the city, are important to me. – Larry Francis

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Many painters have captured scenes of everyday life, however, the paintings of Larry Francis are full of a glowing delight, derived from a fascination with the atmosphere of city life. Philadelphia is a frequent subject of his work, the pieces reflecting the personality of the industrial, yet often quaint, metropolis. Some of his paintings find nooks of the city that are serene; the secluded neighborhoods and parks that visitors do not always get the chance to see. Some are more active scenes; the bustling downtown areas and buildings that are more iconic to Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Francis uses gouache and oil paint to capture the light of the golden hour of the city with warm, luminous hues. He renders the most beautiful days in Fairmount Park, with crystal clear reflections of the sky on the water of the Schuylkill River. His paintings are refreshingly straightforward – nothing seems to be hidden – yet they often leave the viewer curious to learn more of the story. The joy infused into these works is infectious, and viewers might find themselves feeling nostalgic for a place they have never been. Larry Francis has been showing with Gross McCleaf Gallery since 1982, and is currently an instructor in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied from 1967 to 1971.

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About The Artist:

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Portrait of Larry Francis

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Larry Francis is a Philadelphia native who has painted on the streets of the city from the early part of his life in art. Larry studied painting at PAFA where he was awarded the J. Henry Schiedt European Traveling Scholarship in 1970. His first big solo show was held at the Peale House Galleries of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1979. Over the years, Mr. Francis has received a number of awards; a few are the Julius Hallgarden Prize from the Academy of Design N. Y. in 1972, Mary Butler Award from the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1996, Charles Knox Smith Founders Prize at the Woodmere Art Museum 2002, and a Prize for Painting at Cheltenham Art Center in 2011 and 2018. HIs work is in many public and private collections including the Noyes Museum of New Jersey, Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill, Federal Reserve Bank ,Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. Mr. Francis shows his work at the Gross McCleaf Gallery, where he has had a dozen solo shows. Larry can be seen in the short film “ Larry Francis: Painting Philadelphia, by John Thornton. Larry teaches Landscape Painting and Drawing at the PAFA.

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Katie Kerl: New Year Sexploration

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Text by Katie Kerl, Copyright 2018

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Photos Courtesy:

The Kink Shoppe. Copyright 2018

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Caff Adeus. Copyright 2018. Instagram linkhttps://instagram.com/cvffvdeus?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=yoz6ylh74fdv

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NEW YEAR SEXPLORATION

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It’s the end of 2018 and it hit me , I’m going to be 35 in a few months . Previously I talked about some serious life issues, but now for some fun. Thinking back on it, I’ve pretty much brought to life anything I’ve ever wanted to do sexually. Sex is so much better in your thirties than in your twenties . People are more open with who they are, what they want, and ASK FOR IT. 

I’ll never understand couples who do not talk about what gets them off. How can you marry someone that does not turn you on, or make you orgasm? The longer you’re in a relationship the more interesting it should get. Sex is all about trust. Telling someone you like to be choked almost to the point of death isn’t exactly something you reveal on a first date. It does come out eventually. 

When talking to someone about what they like I always wonder why? I think personality  has so much to do with our sexual preference. Someone in a higher level of employment under a lot of stress often likes to be dominated. They are telling people what to do all day and don’t want to do it when they get home . 

Extroverts have the try anything once attitude . They are not afraid of threesomes  , being bi-curious , sex in adventurous places,  and are playful . They communicate exactly what they want and get it. An introverts dream if they need someone to bring them out of their shell. 

The narcissist, now they are killers. They tend to have no boundaries when it comes to satisfying their own sexual needs. Even if you’re in a relationship. They will cheat and not think anything of it. Narcissistic people think the world wants to F*ck  them and take every opportunity that comes their way. Usually the good, bad, and ugly. Just because they can. 

People that can’t get out of their own head also like to be dominated, tied up , & choked. If you’re cutting off someone’s air supply, they are forced to focus in the moment and enjoy it. It also makes sensation better when they let go of the grip . 

Philadelphia is a very sexually accepting city. Some of the best places to eat are in the gayborhood . If you’re looking to dance all night you will absolutely have a good time. There are many nice adult stores that do classes and demos for interested couples trying to spice it up. Recently, I heard of a suspended bondage demonstration at KINK SHOPPE,  an upscale adult store in Old City.  Obviously, I needed to see what this was all about.  I’m not going to say I didn’t need a bit of liquid courage to get tied and hung up, but it was a lot of fun! 

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Kink Shoppe: Old City, Philadelphia.

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After happy hour I stopped by the shop. It was free to watch and $5 to be tied up and suspended. PhillySir was the one who ran the demo. My name was called and I stood as he proceeded to tie me up. A few pulls later I was hanging in front of a group of strangers watching me spin around this holiday decorated contraption. 

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Kink Shoppe: Old City, Philadelphia

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Upside down I was trying to imagine what it would be like at home. It was fun to do something completely different after work on a Friday PhillySir runs his own dungeon and from the sounds of it he is pretty busy with clients. I do not think I’d take my curiosity to the dungeon, but at home for sure. 

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Katie Kerl: At Home

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Katie Kerl: At Home

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 If you’re in a stale relationship, try talking to your partner. They may be just as frustrated. Talking to who you love shouldn’t be. I think having open lines of communication is really the goal. It’s not going to be half as bad as you’re thinking. Even if they tell you something they have hidden from you. Realize sex is personal and there is no normal. They were just afraid of being judged. You both may laugh in the end being afraid to communicate  your needs. Take some photos and have a boudoir session. Buy some toys and dress up. After all, Tis the season to be naughty! 

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Happy Holidays  to you all! 

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About The Author

Katie Kerl. Born 1984. Raised in Drexel Hill,  Pennsylvania. 
Attended Drexel University for Behavioral  Psychology .
Occupation : commercial/ residential  design 
Philadelphia resident since 2011 . 
Hobbies include  : Foodie, whiskey drinker,  fitness , cooking  , tattoos , & house music lover . 
Instagram:  @beatz_eatz_n_freaks 
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Bob Shell: The Evolution of Photography

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Louise Daguerre

 

 

Bob Shell: Letters From Prison #30

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Letters by Bob Shell, Copyright 2018

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THE EVOLUTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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When and where was photography invented? The standard story you will find in books on photographic history is that a Frenchman named Daguerre first fixed an image on a silver plated metal surface. The negative/positive process that became the standard for so many years is credited to William Henry Fox Talbott, an eccentric Englishman. Those are the standard stories.

Long before photography artists were using the camera obscura (literally dark room), a device which projected an image onto a surface. Someone had observed that in a darkened room with a hole in the wall an upside down image of the world outside was projected onto the wall opposite the hole. Fitting a lens into the hole allowed focusing of the image and made the image sharper. Fixing that image became an obsession of many, but none succeeded. Artists at first just tacked a sheet of paper to the wall and drew the scene. Later, the lens was mounted on the front of a portable wooden box with the glass plate at the other end. The artist would put his paper against the glass and observe and draw the image seen through the paper. At some point it was discovered that a mirror could be mounted in the box at a 45 degree angle to the lens axis and the glass plate moved to the top of the box. This made the image upright, but left to right reversed. This worked great outdoors so long as the artist was in the shade or had an assistant holding an umbrella (literally little shadow). Some brilliant person invented a leather or wood hood that surrounded the glass and blocked off excess light. I’m not sure at what point it occurred to someone to mount the box on a tripod, but the whole apparatus was then nicely portable. Thus, by the time of Leonardo most of the elements of a photographic camera already existed. The camera obscura revolutionized perspective in art and we begin to see paintings like those of Jan Vermeer that look remarkably like photographs. Although there’s no proof, I’d put money on Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura. Before photography, the camera obscura also became a popular attraction. There is a beautifully preserved Victorian one at Hove/Brighton on the Sussex coast. It is a round building with a big lens on top that projects a wonderful panorama of the surrounding. landscape onto a big bowl-shaped screen that you walk around and look down into. If you’re in the area, it is well worth seeing.

Who solved the problem of capturing the projected image chemically rather than artistically? In Russia you will be told that photography is a Russian invention. In Brazil you will hear that it is a Brazilian invention. And in China … And so on. maybe a lot of folks got the idea. I’ve seen pictures of ancient Chinese plates that have images on them looking for all the world like photographs, so maybe photography is much older than we’re taught in class. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone found photographic images in an Egyptian tomb. There’s an old saying: There’s nothing new under the sun.

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About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author and former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models. Shell was recently moved from Pocahontas State Correctional Center, Pocahontas, Virginia to River North Correctional Center 329 Dellbrook Lane Independence, VA 24348.  Mr. Shell continues to claim his innocence. He is serving the 11th year of his sentence. To read more letters from prison by Bob Shell, click here: http://tonyward.com/bob-shell-family-of-photographers/

 

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Kiera Roberto: Saving Daisy

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Text and Video by Kiera Roberto, Copyright 2018
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Saving Daisy will pick up where the Netflix film “Audrie & Daisy” left off.  This short documentary will follow Daisy Coleman’s journey of healing from lifelong trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, through treatment using EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) Therapy. 

Millions of people from all over the world came to learn about Daisy’s sexual assault when her story went viral and was followed by a feature length documentary.  But that was only the beginning of her journey as a survivor.  With this film, Daisy has joined forces with a team of filmmakers and fellow survivors to follow her vulnerable PTSD recovery process, in an effort to inspire other survivors and their families in recovery.  We will follow her through her EMDR treatment to unlock the layers of trauma from her assault, the tragic death of her father prior to the assault, as well as the recent sudden loss of her younger brother.  Daisy has faced more trauma in her 21 years than anyone should ever be faced with in a lifetime, but this film will prove to survivors everywhere that healing is possible.

This film will become part of the learning tools offered by SafeBAE, the national organization that Daisy helped to found in 2015, which works to prevent sexual assault among teens. 

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Please donate. Link to Kickstarter fundinghttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200266748/saving-daisy

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Kiera Roberto: Fimmaker/Producer. Hollywood

Kiera Roberto: Fimmaker/Producer. Hollywood

About The Author: Kiera Roberto has been pursuing film for a couple of years with a few music videos and short films under her belt.  The most important part of the film platform is that she is able to fight issues she firmly believes in.  In addition to this film, Ms. Roberto is on the board of a non profit SAFEBAE that creates educational videos for students in grade schools. This is Kiera’s first contribution to Tony Ward Studio.

 

 
 
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