I was asked "How did you take that picture?" a few times this past week.
This blog was born with the express purpose of documenting a series of weekly road trips I took, during the summer of 2007, leaving on a different highway out of Philadelphia to simply enjoy and photograph the journey. To be honest, I was just trying to replicate a wonderful road trip I made in 2002 retracing the route of Lewis and Clark in the west (and here in Philadelphia).
Nowadays, my trips are mostly just drives between assignments, but like lots of people on real Road Trips, I like to collect travel mementos. Once it was just "collecting" the right to say "I've been to all fifty states." I completed that goal with Maine in 1984 (I was covering the New Hampshire Primary and in Portsmouth, for a campaign rally, so I drove across the border to Kittery for lunch).
As predicted, we did get snow again yesterday. And as I suspected, it started to fall, not in the morning before my shift, but in the evening as I was working into the night. I was finishing up an assignment in the Northwest as the snow flurries began, so figured I would drive down Ridge Avenue through Roxborough hoping to see something along the way back toward Center City. I didn't.
It just wasn't coming down hard enough to photograph, and with the diffused lighting of a cloudy day at twilight, not enough contrast to see the snowflakes.
Forecasters are saying snow coming tomorrow, five days after spring arrived.
It will be the 15th day this winter with at least 1 inch of snow. We tied a record (for second most) at 14 days with the winter of 1898-99.
Okay, so I know you're not supposed to begin any letter, email, correspondence, intercommunication, note, dispatch, card.. or blog post with the phrase, "sorry I didn't write earlier."
It has been a while. But here, included in a gallery of my favorite photos of the year 2013 are many of the photos I might have talked about. If I had posted earlier.
The iconic 20-foot high statue of Benjamin Franklin inside the rotunda of the Franklin Institute gets a special protective polyethylene cover.
Ben is actually the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, as designated by the United States Congress in 1972 as the official national memorial to Franklin. It was sculpted by James Earle Fraser, and weighs 30 tons, sitting on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble. Originally opened in 1938, the rotunda was designed by architect John T. Windrim and modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.
What is it that catches a photographer's eye? That question is one of the things that makes photography so personal.