Rizzo mural defaced, 1999

The Frank Rizzo mural in South Philadelphia has been vandalized for so long that I was still shooting film when I made these pictures as police were investigating an incident near the end of the last millennium. According to my caption written that day in October, 1999: “It appeared that light bulbs, bottles, and Christmas…

Vigil for Charlottesville

There have been several gatherings in Philadelphia since last week’s violence in Charlottesville. I caught this overhead look at a candlelight vigil Sunday night on Thomas Paine Plaza. Hundreds are gathered on Thomas Paine Plaza in Philadelphia now for a vigil honoring the victims of white terrorism in #Charlottesville: A post shared by Jim MacMillan…

More Dilworth reflections

I have been having more fun lately with the reflections created just after they turn off the fountains on Dilworth Park, in front of Philadelphia City Hall: The Clothespin reflects in water left by the fountains on Dilworth Park at Philadelphia City Hall just now: A post shared by Jim MacMillan (@jimmacmillan) on Jul 29,…

Colorful creatures

I can’t recall during which year I made this picture, but the caption info says I caught this perspective on a man selling balloons at Marconi Plaza on South Broad Street during a Columbus Day Parade in South Philadelphia. Share this!

Bailing out, 2004

U.S. Army soldiers bail out after their Bradley fighting vehicle was disabled by a roadside bomb during a major incursion into the Sadr City section of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004. Nobody was seriously injured but fuel was gushing from a ruptured tank after the blast and they had to take shelter inside a…

Silhouettes, undated

An artist paints his canvas on a pedestrian bridge in the Fairmount neighborhood, not far from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 37-foot William Penn statue stands atop Philadelphia City Hall in the distance. I have no idea when I took this picture but it was probably during the 1990s. I remember spotting the scene…

Caught in the rain

Water from a sudden downpour pools in small boats outside the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River in Philadelphia recently.

The museum’s Workshop on the Water is “dedicated to the skills and traditions of wooden boat building and sailing in the Delaware Valley and the New Jersey shore.”