Optical Realities Photography

Optical Realities Photography Optical Realities Photography is a multimedia outreach and advocacy initiative. For nearly 30 years Linda Panetta has worked in war and conflict zones throughout Latin America and the Middle East as well as in economically challenged regions of the U.S.

Her advocacy work began in Philadelphia in 1986 with outreach projects she initiated for the homeless, including a prison literacy program. Since its founding in 2002, Optical Realities has made investigative, documentary and service trips to war and conflict regions such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine/Israel, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador,

Her advocacy work began in Philadelphia in 1986 with outreach projects she initiated for the homeless, including a prison literacy program. Since its founding in 2002, Optical Realities has made investigative, documentary and service trips to war and conflict regions such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine/Israel, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador,

10/13/2017
BuzzFeed Video

BuzzFeed Video

It's Time To Talk About Mental Health

Homelessness and hunger a fact at community colleges, study finds
04/11/2017
Homelessness and hunger a fact at community colleges, study finds

Homelessness and hunger a fact at community colleges, study finds

One of every three community college students in the United States is regularly hungry and 14 percent are homeless, according to a new study coauthored by Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab.

03/25/2017
Channel 4 News

Such a simply thing you can do for children living in foster care - buy them duffle bags or small suitcases so they don't have to carry their belongings in trash bags.

He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse. Video by Jess Blank, with special thanks to Comfortcases.org.

Via Upworthy.

03/25/2017
AJ+

AJ+

Practicing yoga with homeless people is one way to show them that they matter.

"Imagine No Hunger" photo exhibit at Theatre Horizon gets nice coverage in City Suburban News.
03/20/2017

"Imagine No Hunger" photo exhibit at Theatre Horizon gets nice coverage in City Suburban News.

Ben Franklin Bridge
09/28/2016

Ben Franklin Bridge

Philly Photo Arts Center
09/28/2016

Philly Photo Arts Center

Portraits
09/28/2016

Portraits

Barnes Foundation
09/28/2016

Barnes Foundation

FDR Skate Park
09/28/2016

FDR Skate Park

Harbor Park
09/28/2016

Harbor Park

Penn Treaty Park
09/28/2016

Penn Treaty Park

Philadelphia Art Museum
09/28/2016

Philadelphia Art Museum

Fairmount Park
09/28/2016

Fairmount Park

Philly Photo Scavenger Hunt
09/28/2016

Philly Photo Scavenger Hunt

Philadelphia Zoo
09/28/2016

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Flower Show
09/28/2016

Philadelphia Flower Show

Opening Night at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
09/28/2016

Opening Night at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Drueding Center Shots
09/28/2016

Drueding Center Shots

Playing With Long Exposure
09/28/2016

Playing With Long Exposure

Portrait Night
09/28/2016

Portrait Night

Philly Photo Arts Center
09/28/2016

Philly Photo Arts Center

2nd Street Photo Shoot
09/28/2016

2nd Street Photo Shoot

Fashion World Magazine
07/28/2016
Fashion World Magazine

Fashion World Magazine

Here is a great illustration of how changing focal length impacts portraits
courtesy DIYPhotography

South Street @ Night
01/13/2016

South Street @ Night

Happy Birthday Sean, from the girls at Optical Realities Indie Arts Initiative / Drueding! Thank you for all your great ...
01/13/2016

Happy Birthday Sean, from the girls at Optical Realities Indie Arts Initiative / Drueding! Thank you for all your great energy, wonderful enthusiasm and huge heart!!! Your support and solidarity means the world to us all!!!

Great night out with some of the mom's from the photography program. Sean Dougherty Jill Chambers Linda Panetta, Shan Ce...
12/10/2015

Great night out with some of the mom's from the photography program. Sean Dougherty Jill Chambers Linda Panetta, Shan Cerrone

Great night out with some of the mom's from the photography program. Sean Dougherty Jill Chambers Linda Panetta, Shan Cerrone

Awesome women... budding professional photographers
12/10/2015

Awesome women... budding professional photographers

Looking back on a great time along the waterfront
12/10/2015

Looking back on a great time along the waterfront

Looking back on a great time along the waterfront

Iyonna and Sean are reviewing Iyonna's photographs from previous weeks. This woman is quickly turning into an accomplish...
10/22/2015

Iyonna and Sean are reviewing Iyonna's photographs from previous weeks. This woman is quickly turning into an accomplished photographer! Nice work Iyonna!

Optical Realities Working with young women at the Dreuding Center in North Philadelphia.
09/16/2015

Optical Realities Working with young women at the Dreuding Center in North Philadelphia.

Working hard with the women from Dreuding Center!
09/11/2015

Working hard with the women from Dreuding Center!

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