2012 was a great year for Philadelphia on a couple of fronts, the city gained numerous accolades on the tourism end, and our food scene made national headlines. Although not everything is peachy keen (the income disparity and unemployment being major issues), there was a lot of positive momentum that those who live and work in the city can be proud of.
Photography is powerful; with the rise of instagram local amateurs stepped up and started appreciating the city via their photographs and projects like Philly Love Notes added to the afore mentioned positive momentum.
Some of my favorite photos were taken in the first half of the year, the summer was especially fun; wandering around and discovering many interesting nooks around Northern Liberties and taking in some of the great architecture around West Philadelphia were highlights. After the jump 35 of my favorite snap shots of Philadelphia.
City Hall, January
Foggy Comcast Center
Dusty Society Hill
Rainy night in Chinatown
Dusk in Graduate Hospital
Emerging cherry blossoms in Graduate Hospital
Full on Spring blossoms
Afternoon in Chinatown
Shooting Philly’s fashion landscape. See more from this photo shoot.
Discovering murals in Northern Liberties.
One of the most underrate public art projects in the city
Surveying the architecture around Girard Ave.
Emerging landscape in Northern Liberties
FDR Skate Park. See more from this photo shoot.
Sunset on Northern Liberties
Sunset on South Philly
On the waterfront
Surveying the fashion landscape of the waterfront. See more from this photo shoot.
New Hope makes for a great getaway
Summer joys, the fountain at Love Park
Historic architecture in West Philly
There are few things better than getting fresh peaches in the summertime at Headhouse farmers’ market.
Stumbling upon quaint little alleys
Looking down at Center City
The Barnes Foundation, one of the most beautiful additions to Philadelphia
The Barnes Foundation, housing one of the best art collections in the world
The Race St. Pier still hasn’t caught on, hopefully in 2013 they bring more food trucks and other activities to get people to go there.
The Rodin Museum, I recommend shooting it in the Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
The Parkway, a strange mix of high art and reoccurring homeless population. It’s always jarring to walk around here, there’s no other city that I’ve visited in the U.S where such a disparity is so prevalent in a highly tourist area.
This year felt a bit exhausting, towards the end I felt like I’d explored almost every emerging neighborhood and frankly had grown a bit bored of photographing the city landscape. As a challenge to myself I started the URBSVOX.com project, which showcases the creative people working in Philadelphia, it was fantastic to tell their stories and I look forward to doing more of that. Philadelphia has got a lot of hustlers and entrepreneurs, it’s one aspect of the city that I find continuously inspiring and challenging, it keeps you going and wanting to do better.