Seeing Color (Photography)






Colored Photograph of an abandoned car in lot.

Abandoned car in lot.

For much of Michael Penn’s career as a street photographer in New York and Philadelphia, the shots have been devoid of color, that’s not to say they weren’t colorful!

Penn’s daytime color photography in and around Philadelphia’s Old City and The Loft District are part of an ongoing, cross between, essay/portfolio/series. He shoots when the mood strikes and the conditions are peak. The challenge is an exercise for the eye when usually tuned for evening light/shadows and high contrast monochromatic images. What comes from the exercise is remarkably real to life color and angles that are always there. So common, in fact, that after studying his images, you want to promise yourself to pay attention more, to everything.

Was there a reason you replaced your Flickr account with Instagram?
“When users began hijacking and abusing certain tags and keywords. Since moving to Instagram my images enjoy a more focused and engaged audience, and I’m also able to enjoy and promote other photographer friend’s work.

Networking remains key but with grant and benefactor support drying, do you find many photographers are going it alone?
“Yes and that has proven a mistake,” Michael continues, “No two photographers are alike, similar in style yes, but locale, lifestyle, and focus no. My network has gotten smaller but the photographers I’m still in contact share a confidence in our individual work. None of us are enjoying a windfall at the moment so we use the time to discuss future projects, trends, and equipment.”


A photo posted by Michael Penn (@mikepennphoto) on


A photo posted by Michael Penn (@mikepennphoto) on






A photo posted by Michael Penn (@mikepennphoto) on


A photo posted by Michael Penn (@mikepennphoto) on