Philadelphia Reflections – City Hall and Avenue of the Arts – Picture to Ponder : Vol 5-issue 24

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 9, 2009

This past weekend I was in my birth city of Philadelphia, home for my first twenty years. Given I stayed in a hotel in Center City, I certainly experienced it differently, especially in terms of easy accessibility to so many locations. It was a family weekend since I was there to celebrate the wedding of one of my great nieces. At the same time, it was Independence Day celebration, in the “City of Brotherly Love” where the Declaration of Independence from England was signed.

Among the highlights of the weekend for me was using my camera to capture so much of what I saw in terms of reflections in buildings and the variety of colors, lines and textures in their structures. I took a few hundred photographs which, of course, makes it quite challenging, deciding on which to share with you here in Picture to Ponder.

I finally selected today’s three photos for no particular reason other than I like the composition, the lines and contrasts, especially in the top and bottom photographs. I particularly like the distorted lines in the middle photograph.

In the upper two photographs we see reflections of City Hall. The bottom photograph is taken through a large window in a building on Broad Street, south of Market Street, now known as “The Avenue of the Arts.” In this picture I really like what seem to be reflections within reflections, as well as the repetition of shapes and colors.

There is so much going on in the above photographs that it’s hard to know where to start in terms of queries.

Despite all that is happening in each of the scenes, based on my intuitive sense of design, they each hold together compositionally. Acknowledging this leads me to invite you to look at your multi-faceted life, especially where you have a lot of diverse activity.

I suspect that there is some “glue” holding it all together, some common bond to all of the elements. Can you identify that/those thread(s)? If so, I invite you to mentally “bookmark” whatever they are to assist you in getting grounded in tthe future whenever you may feel particularly scattered.

And, since today’s photographs are following the theme of reflections, I invite you to also look in to your life. Is there a particular area upon which you would like to reflect today? If so, I invite you to treat yourself to that in meditation, writing, whatever form works for you.

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