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XPLR Calling all creative individuals passionate about art and urban exploration. XPLR is a Philadelphia based photography+biking club. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:02:01 +0000 en hourly 1 Hidden City Thu, 04 Jun 2009 17:35:46 +0000 admin XPLRing is the act of searching the undiscovered. In this ride we will uncover some hidden parts of Philadelphia.


Movable Parts Sat, 16 May 2009 17:32:03 +0000 admin Kinetic art contains movable components and can be powered by wind or motor. Today we’ll catch human powered sculptures at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. The derby is not a race, but a design competition and parade celebrating human powered-transit and art in Kensington.

Upload your photos and send them to our Flickr group. Tag them with
‘XPLR’and ‘MovableParts’.


Art Jump Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:40:25 +0000 admin Get your friends together. Find a painting you like. Become so excited by what you see that you have to jump! Take a picture.

For all the details and RSVP click here:
And check out Allison’s Art Jump blog to get inspired and get some spring in your step: Or read this article about Art Jumping in the New York Times.

Piñata Sun, 02 Nov 2008 16:34:55 +0000 admin Piñatas have been used for hundreds of years across the world to celebrate special occasions. Here in Philly, we recently celebrated the Phillies’ World Series win and Halloween. So what will we celebrate today? Well… whatever we feel like! We will ride to Washington Ave. and Broad St. to check out a giant (six story tall!) piñata that is part of a marketing event by Carnival Cruise Lines. The event should provide a great photo op! And don’t forget about the candy!


One Dollar Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:55:56 +0000 admin With the economy in the toilet and Joe the plumber not paying his taxes let’s examine the US Dollar. Hit up the dollar store on Chestnut and see what you can buy for a dollar. This you must use as a prop in all your pictures for this ride. You are encouraged to include yourself, a fellow XPLR’er or a random Philadelphian in the picture.

Dollar Store
Let’s see what you can still buy for a dollar. Buy a prop from the one dollar wall. Choose wisely b/c this prop will have to be featured in your photos.

Rittenhouse Square
Now take your prop and take pictures of yourself, each other or random Philadelphians. Be creative.

is America’s oldest Diamond District (est. 1851) and one of the largest. Here hundreds of independent jewelrystores line the brick paved streets with virtually an unlimited selection of fine jewelry. Swap props with someone and take more silly pictures.

Upload your photos and send them to our Flickr group. Tag them with
‘XPLR’and ‘OneDollar’.


Think Different Sun, 05 Oct 2008 23:48:01 +0000 admin Today, we will lend our photographic talents to Cheetah Express, Inc. The goal is to provide them
with some quality photos to be used for marketing on their website. The photos will all feature Apple
products, which we will have to use as props. Today’s ride has just one stop, Rittenhouse Square
Park, where we will be briefed with the details of the photoshoot.

Upload your photos and send them to our Flickr group. Tag them with ‘XPLR’ and ‘ThinkDifferent’.


Midnight Munchies Sun, 21 Sep 2008 19:12:44 +0000 admin Navigation at night presented its own difficulties due to limited or no visibility. Explorers had to rely
on a compass, a map and if they were lucky enough to have clear skies they could navigate using the
stars. Tonight we will document the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia at night.


Costume Curiosities Sat, 06 Sep 2008 19:12:00 +0000 admin Clothes make the man. Naked people have no influence on society. So dress up and get your picture taken by RA Friedman with a vintage Graflex Camera using instant film in his Magical Theatre in AxD gallery. Also discover Philadelphia’s Magical Garden.


Congregations Sun, 17 Aug 2008 19:15:24 +0000 admin A religion is a set of tenets and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, and human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, or religious law. Well, that’s a discussion for another time… Today, we will try to photograph religion. Many organized religions have large congregations here in Philadelphia. We will check out some of their places of worship – a cathedral, a synagogue, and a mosque – and see if we can capture their essence.


Leftovers Mon, 04 Aug 2008 04:00:39 +0000 admin Some things get better with age, especially XPLR ride destinations that just don’t make it into any other theme! That’s right, today’s theme is just…XPLRing. We will visit several interesting places in West Philly, but the rest is up to you. Tell a story with your photos or just snap away! There should be plenty of action at each stop.