Friday, October 22, 2010

The City of Brotherly Love

I can certainly say I have some love for Philly after spending a few days there last week helping a friend settle into her new place near Rittenhouse Square. I fell in love with the streets, with the history, with the old signage and painted brick walls. I fell in love with the colors, textures and tiles found in every building and have decided that I shall have honeycombed tile in a house of my residence at some point in my life. I fell in love with the color red, which seemed to be everywhere (and may or may not have been contributed to the Phillies being in the playoffs.) I fell in love with the long, twisted, typographic lightbulb signs that hung in most every store front window and dreamed of one day having my name of business spelled out in all its twisted, typographic glory. I was in love with the super secretive, speakeasy style bars in the basements of buildings and back alleys (and certainly loved it when we were called from the back of the line to get in.) And, but of course, I fell in love with the food. It was love at first bite with a burger at Village Whiskey. Stood wide eyed, heart pounding, as angelic voices came down from the heavens, in the cheese section of Di Bruno Bros. (which happens to be just downstairs from my friend's place.) Had nothing but love for the creamy guacamole at El Rey. And true, mad, deep love for the enormous Root Beer Float at Franklin Fountain (although after recently watching an episode of Man vs. Food, will definitely try the Mt. Vesuvius Ice Cream Sunday next time around.) Mmmm, mmmm, mmmmmmmm.

And, of course, I came home with a few instant pics in my pocket...

Good luck in Philly, Lauren! I will have to be back to visit soon, afterall, there is much more food to try, and that Mt. Vesuvius.

Best Burger Ever (also try the homemade cheese puffs and pickled beets) (all pictured) / Village Whiskey
Delicious Granola (pictured) and Huevos Benedictos for brunch / Tintos
The smooth and yummy Humbert Humbert on a rock (pictured) / Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. (a.k.a. Speakeasy)
Gi-normous and delicious Root Beer Float / Franklin Fountain
Excellent Mexican food with a perfectly creamy heaping serving of guac / El Rey
Gourmet Grocery and Cheese Heaven / Di Bruno Bros.


About Caroline

I decided my destiny was to be an artist at age five when I won an honorable mention in a art competition in kindergarten. Ever since then I have been following a dream that has manifested itself in a variety of rewarding and delightful ways. I have practiced in the field of graphic design for over 8 years and recently acquired my Masters in Graphic Design at NC State University in Raleigh, NC (check out my design portfolio by clicking here if you like). But a passion that has stuck with me ever since I got my hands on my first Nikon camera in my undergraduate art education at Florida State University is photography. The instruction I received there was but a seed in what would develop over the next years of my life. Recently I have begun photographing people in their celebrations of life and could not feel any more blessed to be a part of capturing those memories.

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A great american writer once wrote, "If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan my day." EB White penned the thoughts of my own heart. One part of me is a graphic designer working to challenge the world, seeking out problems and striving to create avenues for change. The other part is seeking out the beauties of the world and working to capture them in our memories forever through photography. This is what you will find here. Me enjoying the world. I have been truly fortunate to photograph such incredible people at truly beautiful moments in life. I can only hope that the images I've collected will forever keep alive those thoughts and emotions that swelled in their hearts and minds that day.

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