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.

Phillies, 1995

I’m pretty sure I grabbed this photo op with the Phillies starting lineup during spring training in Clearwater, Florida in 1995.

I can identify Gregg Jefferies, Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Mickey Morandini, Jim Eisenreich and Dave Hollins.

But who are the other two guys?

p.s. The line seen across one guy’s face is probably a hair that I failed to remove from the film negative before scanning the image.

Punted, 2003

Workers removed statues from the grounds surrounding Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia in 2003, including this football punter. The stadium was demolished in 2004 but all of the sculptures were relocated to the city’s new and nearby baseball and football stadiums.

I am certain that I was using digital cameras at this point in time but I can’t recall why I saved this picture only in black-and-white. I just found some more info here: Philadelphia Public Art: Punter

Over the fence, 1994

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Larry Anderson signs autographs for fans across the outfield fence prior to the 1994 Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown New York.

The Phillies had been the 1993 National League champions but lost this exhibition game to the Seattle Mariners.

I was at the Hall of Fame that weekend to cover the induction of Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton. Leo Durocher and Phil Rizzuto were inducted during the same ceremony.

Philadelphia photo op, 1995

Ben Franklin reenactor Ralph Archbold poses with boxers Riddick Bowe, left and Evander Holyfield during a Philadelphia promotional event in advance of their match in Nevada in 1995. Bowe won by a technical knockout.

I wanted Ben out of the picture that day and he was really persistent but now I’m glad it turned out this way.

“The American Dream,” 1995

Boxer David Reid trains children at a Philadelphia gym in 1995. Reid went on to win a gold medal during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was nicknamed “The American Dream.”

Here’s an update on Reid written in 2015: The American Dream came close to being a nightmare for Philly’s David Reid

This image was captured on color film and scanned digitally, probably on the same day it was taken.