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This past Friday was the third annual Philly Photo Day. The idea is for people all over Philadelphia to participate in documenting a day in the life here; thousands of people each send in one photo taken anywhere in town on this date, and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center gathers them all into an exhibit to open in December.

Last year, I submitted a picture of people waiting on line at the state liquor store on South Street. This year, alas, Philly Photo Day caught me cameraless––but not really utterly cameraless. I am still blessed with a cellphone with which to do the deed.
 
So early in the morning of Friday, 26 October 2012, I wasted no time. Hopped out of bed, grabbed my phone, spun around, and recorded for posterity an image of where I'd just been.
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Motel room near Rio de Janeiro.

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 In the 1890s, Toulouse-Lautrec painted a number of works showing lesbians kissing in bed. This painting, "The Bed" (1893), is probably part of that series, though the gender of the bedheads is arguably ambiguous and he may in fact be portraying a boy and a girl. 

In any event, this is among the first Western paintings to show two adult human beings sleepily together in bed. Sshh.