Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States.
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction.
In 1681, in partial repayment of a debt, Charles II of England granted William Penn a charter for what would become the Pennsylvania colony. Despite the royal charter, Penn bought the land from the local Lenape to be on good terms with the Native Americans and ensure peace for his colony. According to legend Penn made a treaty of friendship with Lenape chief Tammany under an elm tree at Shackamaxon, in what is now the city's Fishtown section. Penn named the city Philadelphia, which is Greek for brotherly love (from philos, "love" or "friendship", and adelphos, "brother"). As a Quaker, Penn had experienced religious persecution and wanted his colony to be a place where anyone could worship freely.
Philly is not so popular on TE as it deserves, less than 300 photos. And it is very pleasant city with many monuments of historical importance and some very old - more than 200 years! There are many school excursions around and the guides wear historical costumes. I liked most this guy looking like a soldier from the Revolutionary War.
I really enjoyed walking around, good lesson of the history of American Independence.
In fact I prefer portrait of the soldier , I couldn't decide what should be the main post. I liked the view with the kids too. What do you think?
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photographer_sg (3179) 2014-03-22 1:19
Fine daily life photograph. the composition is very natural and spontaneous. the different attitudes and expressions of the students, the guide and perhaps an instructor make for interesting viewing. fine backdrop of the reflections in the glass.
(thanks for naming me as a favourire. I am honoured.)
have a great weekend
mirosu (12684) 2014-03-22 1:38
Superb snapshot in excellent light, nice details. Perfect tight crop & excellent focusing. You have also nicely captured the window reflections in BG.
Very well done
Wish you a nice weekend.
snunney (79973) 2014-03-22 2:43
Both shots are beautifully presented, but I think I prefer the one with the school kids; it has a story to tell. It is nicely cropped and benefits from a pleasing warm light and colours. A fine example of candid street photography. Have a pleasant and enjoyable weekend.
Sergiom (55477) 2014-03-22 5:28
Et dire que je n'ai jamais visité cette ville, près de laquelle je passais presque tous les ans pour aller en vacances à Cape May. Elle avait à l.époque très mauvaise réputation. Je pense que je vais y faire un petit tour bientôt.
ktanska (24290) 2014-03-22 11:18
I can imagine how excited U.S domestic tourists are visiting these historic quarters and receiving guidance from such a gentleman. I'm not very knowledgeable about USA history myself, of course.
Good tightly framed view of people looking to every direction. Nice colours too.
serp2000 (38355) 2014-03-22 11:19
Oh, yeahhh, I've read about their history. This State was full of so dramatic events in past. I like your capture of the school excursion. But I'd like to learn the West Coast history too.
Your Mr. I.F.
marabu61 (7481) 2014-03-22 13:21
This shot with the school kids is definitely the one that fits the day best. It is a great snapshot of the young admiring the older gentlemen's knowledge.
Philly looks definitely a city worth a visit.
A am less sure about your recents over saturation of your latest pictures though, they look somehow unreal to me.
have a great weekend
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-22 19:22
I like Philly a great deal and have friends there, but have found that every time I visit, it rains! So while I've posted a few shots from the city, I haven't posted as many as I'd like. This is a nice group portrait with wonderful and funny emotion - I wonder what it is they all are staring at?
I can't decide whether I prefer this to the WS or the other way around. Great detail in the WS and a very nice portrait there as well. Thanks!
fabbs99 (16129) 2014-03-22 23:58
Great colors and sharpness in this composition.Very well done.TFS.
Fis2 (82540) 2014-03-23 2:05
Fajna scenka zulicy.
Dobry reporterski strzal.
Ladny kadr i kolory.
U nas pada :( ale wiosennie :)
Krzysztof i G.
mcmtanyel (10979) 2014-03-23 20:43
I lived in Philadelphia for about 10 years but do not have much to show for it in photos. I like both of these photos. I like the reflections in this photo and the textures in the WS photo.