2018 in Photos - Margo Reed

2018 in Photos

2018 does not feel like the most cohesive or focused year for my pictures. Coming out of college, I was a little lost in what direction I wanted my career to go.

I visited California twice, took a few road trips, and finally, settled (both my career and myself) permanently in Philly. 

  • I turned to visuals, close-ups, when I was at a loss for inspiration after having been in Asia for the last three months of 2017.

  • I was happy to be home with family for the first time in a few months at the beginning of this year. Here's Mom performing an act we rarely witness-- relaxation.

  • I believed I had to flee Pennsylvania every chance I got. I did not want to get stuck. First stop: San Francisco...

  • ...next, a road trip to Charleston.

  • Still unready to commit to anything, I graduated college, went on another trip (Nashville this time), and cut difficult ties with things I felt might be holding me back. At the time, this included newspaper photography.

  • I did that visual exploration thing some more...

  • ...and then bought a last-minute flight to LA. It's there that I fell in love with the freedom to create anything and everything I wanted.

  • Then I let the sites and scenes of LA influence my work through our vacation to the Outer Banks (even if only for humor's sake).

  • Soon, I moved from North Philly to Fishtown, and quickly realized I had felt so at home and welcomed in the neighborhood that I just left. I started coming back to document beautiful people and places that often go undiscovered.

  • 7/16/18 Mark has really long legs, so long that my head only comes up to his hips. It’s the first time I’ve seen him in a while, and I look up to him, both literally and figuratively. We are in a happy, grassy yard, at a picnic. There is green grass and red decorations. Also other people around, but I don’t know who they are. Maybe his family.

  • Jenna moved to Delaware for graduate school.

  • Maggie went from Rwanda to Palestine to work with refugees as a documentary photographer.

  • Laura moved back to Pottstown with her family while she finished engineering school.

  • Vrushabh remained in LA to become a filmmaker.

  • Linh came back to Philadelphia, briefly, to announce she will be leaving for Taiwan in January.

  • I left family in Berks County, too.

  • While everyone was on the move I was working for the Parks & Recreation Department in Philadelphia and I started to feel connected in a way I hadn't before. That same sense of freedom that I felt in my artwork and my travels could work in my backyard too. I have a community with a lot to explore and people to serve here.

  • My "new" house is pretty cozy, too. So cozy, I was able to get back on track with my photography goals. I committed to a 65-hour work week, 40 of which are spent shooting for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, until February. (Photo by Laura Savage)

It was the time exploring that allowed me to deconstruct many of the barriers I had been taught (or otherwise built on my own) that has allowed me to narrow my photographic path appropriately. I spent 2018 rewriting the  "rules" of photojournalism that I had allowed to totally strip my creative freedom, and now I'm ready to return.

The end of 2018 marks the beginning of a creatively focused career for photography & me. It is the end of wandering, wondering, and hesitating, and the beginning of running full-throttle into an industry I have, admittedly, been intimidated to commit to-- visual storytelling in/around my community.

I've got lots of projects in the works, including my Photographic Dream Journal and continued coverage on The 7-Foot Man. I am always looking for new ideas too. 

Bud, Haneef Yahsir <br />
One week after moving into new house and one day before Haneef starts school in Conshohocken <br />
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1700 Butler Pike <br />
Apt. 19B<br />
Coshohocken PA 19428

Now it's time to get to work. I'm putting out a call for anyone who takes the El regularly. I'd like to feature some of you in a documentary project I'm working on. I'm also looking for people you know who are cornerstones of the North Philly community-- anyone from a smiley next-door neighbor to the post-man who goes the extra mile, similar to my Pappy. Send me anything and everyone who is improving others' lives in little, often unrecognized steps. 

I'm thankful, as we all are, to the mentors, friends, and family members who have been an influential part of this year.

I wish you all the best in the new year. Here's to much more inspiration and lots of time to enjoy-the-moment!

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