Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square Rittenhouse Square Historic Philadelphia Philadelphia Parks and Gardens Rittenhouse Square is one of the five open spaces that William Penn incorporated into Philadelphia’s original plan. Logan Circle, Franklin Square, City Hall, and Independence Park are the other four locations. It is one my favorite subjects in my Philadelphia series. With the changing of the season different aspects of its personality emerge. My photographs reflect many of those...
Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square Historic Philadelphia Philadelphia Parks and Gardens I am a native Philadelphian who grew up in an Italian South Philadelphia neighborhood. Over the years I have lived in various parts of the city; Center City, West Philadelphia, Germantown and Powellton Village. I appreciate and enjoy Philadelphia’s cultural offerings, architecture, and its  beauty. But as many of us  do when we are too familiar with a place, we take much for granted. Because of my friendship Alice (yes the same Alice from Philadelphia: Through an Artist’s Eyes), I realized something about Philadelphia that I hardly ever thought about; that early American history and the history of Philadelphia are one and the same. Alice’s love of early American and Philadelphia history rubbed off on me. Being able to walk around Philadelphia; through parks that William Penn designed; seeing private homes where the first leaders of our country lived; visiting buildings where the revolution was planned and the country founded; with eyes wide open with this awareness is of profound importance to me, and a deep source of artistic and personal inspiration. I am in awe to be in a city that first allowed religious freedom and was the home of men the likes of Benjamin Franklin. The photographs in this gallery are part of an ongoing collection of images of those  locales that are of historical interest and national...
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square Historic Philadelphia Philadelphia Parks and Gardens Depictions of the urban experience have undergone an undulating phenomenon in the 20th century. Modernists praised urban living and the cosmopolitan perspective metropolitan living afforded. In the post war years, the urban experience was cast in a tarnished and critical light, leaving many to view the quartz towers  of our urban landscape with distrust and dissatisfaction. However, in the dawning of the 21st century the cultural tide has turned yet again. There is a  sense of new romanticism and vigor in urban living. The spirit of these times is succinctly illustrated in my cityscapes. These sensitive portrayals of the kinetic and optimistic aspects of the cities soul aptly reflect the rejuvenation that urban centers are experiencing in America and abroad. The city of Philadelphia plays a leading character in this renaissance. These photographs of Philadelphia’s parks burst  forth with light and life, the city streets breath mystery and promise, beckoning the viewer towards further exploration. These images reflect an optimistic perspective of an artist, who finding no substance in  negative depictions of his environment, yearns for a more harmonious...
Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens

Parks & Gardens Rittenhouse Square Historic Philadelphia Philadelphia Parks and Gardens Surrounding Philadelphia are some of the most illustrious parks and gardens in the nation; Fairmount Park, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Chanticleer Gardens and Morris Arboretum.  Along with these illustrious names there are countless small neighborhood parks and  gardens throughout our greening city. This gallery is dedicated to my on going collection of photographs of the great and historic parks and gardens and the small local...