Philadelphia is much, much more than old brick and cheese steak.
This week, I took my first trip to the Cradle of Liberty; Birthplace of America; Brotherly Love; etc. This was the last major city on the eastern seaboard I hadn’t been to, and I was pretty excited to photograph all the ordinary yet beautiful things in the city that make it a little different than D.C. and Boston, but little did I know how different my view would be.
The Philadelphia Coal Piers, according to Gjfoto, were used to refill ships’ supplies of coal. The ruins are covered in graffiti and progress in a staggered linear fashion, making for a disorienting and beautiful find, right off the highway.
A break in the labyrinth, halfway through.
Sunlight seeps in through breaks in the concrete walls.
Some areas are murals, plastered in detailed works of urban art.
The pier goes on for quite a ways, leading into new corridors and hallways.
Dark tunnels through the pier are covered in bright spray paint.
Secondary secession: the process by which nature reclaims spaces.
The front of the coal pier ruins. Dirt pathways run past this place, where four-wheelers and dirt bikes speed back and forth, leaving tire marks through the trash and graffiti-covered tunnels.
Some more light graffiti for your viewing pleasure… Like my other experiments with light, I always try to use it to interact with the environment and illustrate something intangible. Here, it’s music. It’s creativity. My B.C. Rich Bich was very cooperative for the shoot. I used a pen with a changing LED light in it for the light source. Frank, expect this one to be printed for class (or at least one like it)!
Here are a few examples of some of my photography, specifically a technique called light graffiti or light painting. By leaving the shutter open on your camera and using a mobile light source in a dark space, you can pretty much transform any area into your own canvas with which you can interact.
All you need is a camera, a stable place to put it, and a light. Any flashlight or even a cell phone will work, but LED lights create very vivid effects. Strobe lights and glowsticks are also fun to use. Let your imagination go wild!
Created using an LED light and my fisheye lens.
For more of my photography, check out my gallery at www.aeroartist.deviantart.com/gallery