A great opportunity called BlogHouse brought me back to the City of Brotherly Love, a decade after my first visit with Science Team in middle school. Lately I’ve been focusing on travel within North America, to new cities as well as returning to those I’ve always wanted to see again. At Sherry Ott‘s instruction, we set out to shoot the city in a unique way. I haven’t been doing as much street shooting lately, since candid portraits and photo essays have been dominating what little time I have for photography these days. It was good to get out there and flex the muscles; I hope you see not only a city you recognize, but a few surprises as well!
Hiding from the heat outside the Liberty Bell.
This year, Visit Philly is focused on the many modern aspects Philly’s historic district, like Second Story Brewing. I only wish I had more time to check out all the other breweries. Philadelphia has a real growing craft beer scene!
Philadelphia does an amazing job translating its historical significance into fun experiences for all ages. This includes the “Once Upon a Nation” storytelling initiative, where docents at benches scattered throughout the historic district share engaging slices of Philadelphia history, often incorporating audience participation. Kids can even collect stickers at each bench, completing an American flag.
Historic Philly is just as lovely as I remember it, right down to the “busy body” on the window on the left, which was a clever way to see who was knocking at your door without being seen.
Trying to find an interesting take on highly photographer landmarks is a favorite challenge of mine.