Skin city: 9th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride circles Rittenhouse Square

Their web site says the “PNBR” is about: “Riding together to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy.”

But the group also invites everyone to “Ride with us and bring your own message!”

I think this was my fifth time photographing the event.

I took this year’s pictures as the ride passed Rittenhouse Square.

I try to capture the weirdness without delivering too much information.

Read their FAQ for more info.

March illuminates opioid crisis

Hundreds participated in the March in Black along Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia to bring awareness to the crisis of opioid addiction in the city Thursday evening, also in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. More than 900 overdose deaths were recorded in the city during 2016 and this year’s total is expected to be hundreds higher.

Vigil for Charlottesville

There have been several gatherings in Philadelphia since last week’s violence in Charlottesville. I caught this overhead look at a candlelight vigil Sunday night on Thomas Paine Plaza.

Masked messengers, 2003

Two young women don vintage gas masks while waiting for a peace demonstration to kick off on Dilworth Plaza outside Philadelphia City Hall on March 20, 2003, the same day US forces invaded Iraq.

I have covered a few violent demonstrations in Philadelphia over the years but I can’t recall police ever deploying tear gas here.

Metadata info shows that I captured this image with a Nikon D1H camera, a 1/80th shutter speed and f 4.0 aperture, but focal length and ISO data is missing.

Remember this photograph, 2003

A peace protester holds up a photograph from the Vietnam era during a demonstration held in Washington in 2003, in opposition to the impending US war with Iraq.

Date: 1/18/03, Time: 1:22:47 PM, Shutter: 1/1600, f:4.0, ISO:400, Lens: Zoomed to 92mm

Nick Ut, who captured the famous image of the burned child running from her village in 1972, recently announced his retirement after 51 years with the Associated Press.

Read more: Nick Ut, AP photographer behind ‘Napalm Girl,’ to retire

NYC peace march, 2003

Demonstrators wave labeled portraits of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Ari Fleischer in New York City, two days after US forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

About 200,000 protesters paraded along Broadway from Times Square to Washington Square Park, in what news reports then indicated was the largest peace march in the city’s history.

Date: 3/22/03, Time: 2:23:59 p.m., Shutter: 1/1600, f: 6.3, ISO: 400, Lens 17mm