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Exploring philly street art with conrad benner

Exploring philly street art with conrad benner

Oct 24, 2019

Artist Series: Conrad Benner

Named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine and “Rad Guy of the Year” at the Annual Rad Awards in 2017, Conrad Benner knows a thing or two about turning a passion project into a career.

 

We sat down with the Philly-based photographer, podcaster, and founder of StreetsDept, to talk about his passion of exploring art and public space in Philadelphia. Since most of his work is outdoors, he was also the perfect guy to put in one of our Bison Ultralight jackets.

 How did you first get into your photo-blog and podcast? 

I started my blog in 2011 after years of freelance writing. I wanted to create a space where I could talk about the things that I loved: street art, muralism, and creativity in public space. At the time, I was going to community college part-time and working full-time at a gelato shop, so the blog was simply a passion project of mine. Over the years though, it’s grown into a career, and I’m incredibly grateful to be able to say that. 

 

The podcast started back in 2017, as an extension of my blog, and it has quickly become one of my favorite aspects of Streets Dept. It’s inspiring and humbling to interview creative mindsranging from activists, small business owners, poets, to politicians. It’s always a surprise what you’ll hear, and I learn something new every time.

 

What’s a typical day in the life for you?

There really is no typical day for mewhich is something that I love, but it can also be challenging. Without a routine, it’s easy to focus solely on the day-to-day, rather than plan for the bigger picture. Nevertheless, not having a set structure of daily to-do’s gives me the luxury of remaining flexible, and I can stay fully engaged on whatever project I’m working on at that moment.

 

What's been inspiring you lately?

Crisp days. Long walks. Structural change. 

 

What are some current projects you’re working on? 

That I can talk about right now: my ongoing curation of Art at Mission, my largest curatorial project to-date Streets Dept Walls at Fashion District, our street artist interview series created with Tattooed Mom that will result in a street artist pop-up shop at Mom’s this November, the 3rd season the Streets Dept Podcast that’ll kick-off very soon, and my ongoing Philly Art Walk guided tours! 

 

 Any advice for others looking to start their own creative endeavor but don’t know how to start?

Don’t wait, just start. Begin with what you have. Begin with as much time as you can put into it now. Begin and iterate, don’t give up. Begin and pause, when you need to pause. Begin and it will grow. It’ll grow much more slowly than you might want it to or hope for, but that’s good. Begin and just keep going. 

 

What has been the biggest lesson(s) you’ve learned? 

To make my bed every morning. I can’t explain why, but this set the rest of my day in motion (even when I’m not feeling motivated).

 

Lastly, how do you try to live a more sustainable life?

There’s plenty of things individuals can do, but I’d say the biggest responsibility is on our government. Most of the carbon that’s put into the atmosphere comes from the practices of big corporations, and that’s why we’re facing a climate crisis. I try to live more sustainably by voting for politicians who will fight to ensure a green future that’s more equitable and sustainable.