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Pain for Gain

October 20th, 2009

A very eclectic group of friends stayed at my house this past weekend. My friend Andreas was visiting from Denmark and my roommate Neil had a bunch of friends over from all kinds of different backgrounds: Ireland, Australia, Panama, etc.

Neil’s friend Simon Davis runs a non-profit group called Pain for Gain, formerly known as ‘Masochists without Borders’. He got his friends together to raise money for building a school in Betivatu, a village in the Solomin Islands by cumulatively climbing the Art Museum steps a total of 800 times last Saturday here in Philadelphia. 800 Times being the equivalent of climbing to the top of the Mount Everest. It took this group of 5 heroes (Simon Davis, Neil Beeharry, Isis Philips, Melanie Funken and Dave Walsh) a total of 3 and a half hours to complete the challenge. Random passersby would come in and pitch in. Most notably Brian who is pictured below.

It was a cloudy and rainy day. So the sky was pretty much a giant soft box. No shadows or any interesting light. So I used my bare flash, hand held to cast some highlights and was able to catch Brian mid stride. You can even see a little drop of sweat coming down his face.


Check out Pain for Gain on their website or facebook page.

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