Date: Jan. 13, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
Location: 51st and Chester, Farm 51
The Story: When I’m not roaming the streets making photographs for City Paper, I’m at home, usually with my partner, Andrew, tending to a menagerie of chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and bees. With the help of friends, neighbors and family, we’ve transformed two formerly vacant and trash-strewn lots into a garden through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program. This image is the silhouette of a red sex-link (also called Red Stars) hen perched on a sign facing the sky. Though the winter months mean no plant growth, there’s still plenty of life with the numerous critters wandering about, digging for worms and leaving little trails of poop to get stuck in your boots. Farm life in the city can be a little too real sometimes, and not as romantic as it might seem from pretty pictures with filters from a cell phone.