The lost yet not forgotten spot of North East Philly. I have been hanging out in this hood for over 5 years, living here from now a year (now a year and a hald .. update: 8/23/2020). But it wasn’t until I was fully moved in in April of 2019 that I finally visited this legendary spot. I first started posting photos of this place when I first photographed it.
But knowing how close I am to it, its such an easy bike ride and just as easy of a walk to get there. I visit once a week. I don’t always take pictures. It’s the kind of place you go to take in the always changing art that is painted on every millimeter of the concrete, dirt, trees, and every single piece of the property. Its magical, its expressive, it’s everything a “art park” should be. The people you see are always nice… shit, they’re all different. Upper class folks out for an explore all the way to the homeless looking for a place to sleep for the night or day. It’s diverse. And it’s perfect.
I will continue to add to this folder because its the kind of place you can never see enough of. New angels, new art, different light, people, floods. It’s an ever changing, never the same, growing art space. And it’s in my neighborhood.
Something new that I started shooting on my last trip to the pier…. The eye level views and stunning art work is overwhelming, and one thing that I really have never done was look up. The architecture and design of the simple pier is really fun and cool with the lines. Some parts have wood and been burnt, some trees have grown in, etc. So here is a new part of this project that will focus on the underbelly of the pier. Shooting straight up is strange. The lens you choose plays into how the design is seen.
I will continue to add photos of that to this section of the post.
Also, if you have ever been to the pier, you know that there are numerous other piers that are flat and over grown with lots of brush, trees, grass, trash, camp sites, fire pits and so much more. The pier that some don’t see right away is the one right before the graffiti pier. The trail isn’t noticeable, but it has some really cool things at the end. Here are those photos.
I will also continue to add photos of the other piers to this section of the post.