Before there was Instagram, before there was social media, and before we had camera phones — or even digital photography — some us were carrying around heavy old film cameras to cover daily life in Philadelphia.
I’m glad so many people are having fun today, but to say that visiting the frozen Swann Fountain on Logan Circle is a “once in a lifetime” experience might be a mistake — unless you are 12 years old or less.
I took these photos on my way to work on the afternoon of November 24th, 2000, which was the day after Thanksgiving, and possibly why so few people noticed — or seem to remember.
Or, maybe it was just before loving Philadelphia was cool.
But having these on file didn’t keep me from going back out this morning and posting a few new angles (1, 2, 3) on Instagram.
You better hurry of you want to get some pictures of your own. At this pace, we won’t have another chance until 2026.
p.s. If you have any doubts, here you can see one of the towering empress trees that formerly encircled the fountain.
The curator of “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” is presenting tonight in a Drexel University class which is free and open to the public.
Anne Tucker, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curated “War/Photography,” which went from Houston to LA to the Corcoran in Washington, and will head to the Brooklyn Museum in November. It covers 165 years of war photography and was put together over the past ten years.
The class will meet at 6:30 in Room 301 in the Main Building at Drexel, at 3141 Chestnut Street.
The New York Times wrote about the exhibit last year: Battlefield Images, Taking No Prisoners
If we had Instagram on September 11th, I might have shared this photo right about this time of day, when I got my first look, not long after the towers had collapsed. I will share a couple more photos tonight and tomorrow, on the hours I found myself deep inside the ruins.