What happens at Rittenhouse, Philly

Rittenhouse park in Philadelphia seems to be the most crowded park in the city, at least on a beautiful and sunny day.  I’ve lived in Philly for a while and I skate/bike/run all over the place so I do get to see the parks rather often and, no, I always see more people by 18th and Walnut.  It never occurred to me to walk over here and focus on just taking the photos, strictly of the park’s attendants until I ran over an Instagram account of Jino Lee, a photographer currently living in Philly.  Jino has a project where he photographs Rittenhouse folks—very nice, take a look.  What’s the coolest thing?  Jino uses film!  B/W film!  Gosh, it’s been so long since I had to scan anything in…  I reached out to Jino and invited myself to go shooting with him.  Here’s the result.

This is typically what I’d photograph: empty street in a park.  I’d then go rumbling on and on about how I love the city and how the light reflects off things, etc.

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Shaded areas are tetris’ed by inhabitants.  Yeah, the day was kind of warm :-)

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My-style photo again.  I suppose breaking my tradition is hard—I need to practice this more.

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I just really like how these lamps fit into the park so nicely.  It’s hard sometimes to design things well…

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I’m not the type to just chill there and throw the ball around all day.  These guys were at it the whole time we were there.

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This I could see myself doing :)—making all kinds of yoga poses with a book.  Although, I hardly ever cary a book with me anymore as everything is now on the iPad.

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I wonder how long they will chill.  They’re not talking, either.  I suppose there is some charm in a comfortable silence, … I suppose…

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Heeeeyyyaaaaa :-)

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Lots of great-matching couples all over the place.  Very cool.  One day I might want to do this, too.

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Toldja!—great-matching couples :-)

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There is some law governing the distance between the relaxed grass-dwellers.  Self-assembled system going on here, I see.

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Yep, and all the guys are looking at her.  And I think she knows that :-).

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See, fixed distance between everyone.

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Oh, somebody made a necklace or a headband out of flowers.  Cute.  Maybe a boy did this for a girl and she was so taken by the action that she forgot everything in a kiss.  Or maybe they had a huge fight about that later since she forgot the only present he’s ever given her…  Who knows such things…

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Ah, the constant inflow of looks-like-may-be-homeless-or-not-who-knows people.

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And, of course, my usual look of an office-by-the-park.

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I’ve been watching this guy for a few years now and he is steadily getting better and better at his tricks.  I always wonder is he does this for a living now or this is just a fun project for a sunny Saturday.  Most likely the latter.  It’s just that seems like he’s there all day…

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Well, I am very thankful to Jino for allowing me to come with and even sharing a few tricks with me.  I hear he’s moving to California so watch for him out there.  Good photographers with clever ideas are hard to come by (and these days everyone thinks they’re a photographer, even I do).

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