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Neal Santos  📷 editorial, news, food 🌱 farming 🏳️‍🌈husbandry @shepardsphilly|@farm51 🇵🇭partner @pelagophilly|@lalophilly 🥊 muay thai, kettlebells @8limbsacademy

// Small actions, local impact —> Big changes.

Some days I miss the daily hustle of working as a news photographer for the @phillycitypaper. In the years after the paper folded, the focus of my work shifted and straddled, and continues to do so now. Food and restaurant photography is super fulfilling, creative, fun. But there's a part of my core that gets so energized when I get to work on projects that just allow me to wander the streets with nothing but a camera and a notepad. This has been my work lately, and it makes me so happy.
This is Mildred Johnson. I photographed her for a series I’m working on with my friend @ajaxworks for @planphilly. Miss Johnson has lived in East Parkside since 1956, and has maintained the Viola Street Community garden for decades. We got to relate on gardening in our respective neighborhoods, and shared with me that her late husband was also named Neil. Her passion and commitment to her home, her block is shared amongst many of the residents in Parkside, and in Philadelphia at large. Something that I think we can all take note from generations before us. Small, local impact can make lasting change that make ripples and waves globally.

// Small actions, local impact —> Big changes.

Some days I miss the daily hustle of working as a news photographer for the @phillycitypaper. In the years after the paper folded, the focus of my work shifted and straddled, and continues to do so now. Food and restaurant photography is super fulfilling, creative, fun. But there's a part of my core that gets so energized when I get to work on projects that just allow me to wander the streets with nothing but a camera and a notepad. This has been my work lately, and it makes me so happy.
Especially when I get to photograph people like Slick West and his tricked out atlas cargo trike complete with LED lights and rearview mirrors. I photographed him for an upcoming feature for @americanair, right in my neighborhood on the corner of 49th and Chester, where West and Southwest Philly meet.

// Small actions, local impact —> Big change. • Some days I miss the daily hustle of working as a news photographer for the @phillycitypaper . In the years after the paper folded, the focus of my work shifted and straddled, and continues to do so now. Food and restaurant photography is super fulfilling, creative, fun. But there's a part of my core that gets so energized when I get to work on projects that just allow me to wander the streets with nothing but a camera and a notepad. This has been my work lately, and it makes me so happy.
Especially when I get to meet people like Vernon Wilkins, aka the Carrot Cake Man. I photographed him for an upcoming feature for @americanair . Anyone who's had his cakes knows that this man is a living legend. His recipe has stayed the same for over 3 decades, and continually hits the streets, subways, and local businesses to sell his cakes. Only about 3 cupcakes were harmed in order to make this photo.

Summer ‘18. Giblet. Love your pets, practice kindness always.

Summer ‘18. Violet and Chicharron. Love your pets, even the ones that pee on all your stuff.

Summer ‘18.
My boy Roscoe. 14 years young. Love your pets, especially the older ones.

Shoes off. Sit on the floor. Eat with your 🙌🏾s. @laos_inthehouse. #blessed. #laosfood #laosinthehouse #asianpacificamericanheritagemonth

A portrait of Catzie Vilayphonh, @catzuella, founder of @laos_inthehouse.

Take youe shoes off, sit on the floor, and eat with your hands. Eat with your friends. Eat with a complete stranger. Ask for their blessings, ask for forgiveness.
Thank you for having me, Catzie! Follow my friends, Laos in the house! @laos_inthehouse. #BLESSED #laosinthehouse #asianpacificamericanheritagemonth

Here's a twist on a classic Bloody Mary with @BlackBoxSpirits. I’ve added fish sauce and kalamansi (Filipino citrus) in the mix for this collaboration with #BlackBoxSpirits #sponsored #ad

With warmer weather approaching, try grabbing a few berry popsicles and enjoy it with poured Black Box Tequila on top. An easy way to enjoy @BlackBoxSpirits. #BlackBoxSpirits #sponsored #ad.

Getting into the spring spirit with a collaboration with @BlackBoxSpirits, foraging for Japanese Knotweed in Philly parks, macerating them into a simple syrup, which gives off a sour, grassy flavor to this Knotweed Black Box Whiskey Sour. #BlackBoxSpirits #sponsored #ad.

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