Looking Up


One of the things that sometimes happens when living in a city year after year, is that you forget to look up.

It’s so easy to get involved with the hustle and bustle of city life down below; forgetting to notice the beauty that’s above you.

With pedestrians busy walking while talking on their cell phones or text messaging, and not paying attention to what’s in front of them - often CRASHING into you - looking up seems to be the last thing on most urbanites minds.

I, however, am thoroughly enthralled with the view above city life. I love looking UP. And I must look like a tourist who’s never been to a city before because I’ll point and vocally say out loud, “Oooo….ahhh….look at that!”

City life, no matter how long I live it, still excites me because it forces you to get out there and MINGLE with people. I enjoy quiet time alone, but there’s a part of me that equally enjoys interaction time with other people.

Also, I’m a very visual person, and city life always gives me something unusual to look at and observe.

And photograph.

I love seeing all the various architectural angles and textures of the buildings, as they appear to be a work of art sketched across a canvas sky.

I’ve lived in both Philadelphia and Manhattan.

Philadelphia is a much smaller city compared to Manhattan, therefore there’s more ‘open space’ above you.

Manhattan feels as though you’re walking through a dense jungle of HUGE urban gorilla buildings.

Whereas, Philadelphia is much more spread out; not as tight. More like a European city.

For me, BOTH cities are architecturally beautiful and enjoyable, but with two completely different feels.

Earlier this week, I took my camera into the city streets and snapped several images of what was ABOVE me.

And since I adore viewing urban life in black and white, I changed my camera setting to fit my vision.

Please enjoy…..
















Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
X

*And don't forget to look up. You might just spot something REALLY cool!


55 comments

  1. Good morning, Ron!

    Those photos are absolutely breathtaking. I love the way that the buildings fill the frame completely. It does give perspective how massive they are. The black and white is beautiful.

    Stump and I were downtown in our own city years ago walking around while waiting for his truck to be hand washed by some people who had set up shop in a parking lot. I have lived here almost all of my life but had never looked UP while downtown.

    I was in awe as I passed the historic buildings that I had passed many timed before, when a woman asked us where we were from! She actually thought we were tourists. I have to admit I did feel like one.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    XOXO

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  2. FANTASTIC photos, Ron! I especially enjoyed the fire escape (is that the word?) one! Really cool!

    And talking about looking UP......one of the reasons I love the western U.S. is because when you look up, you can actually see stars and sky! Where I live, it seems as though trees block the sky in most areas (unless you're on the highway). Not that trees are bad, but I'd like to be able to see a constellation or two sometime.

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  3. Hi Ronnie,

    You knocked yourself out with these pictures- stunning! I LOVE them! That is so well stated that people no longer take the time to look up and around. Most of them are so engrossed in their phones. Each of them is in their own little bubble...

    You so beautifully used perspective and space. And Philly rocks in b&w. I can see the Liberty towers! Have you tried going up into a building and photographing from say, a roof top deck or coffee shop? That may be interesting.

    I haven't had the chance to compare NYC & Philly. Of course, I have to to go to NYC one day. I have only been on a half day stop there, one time. But, you know my feelings towards Philly already. (HEART)

    Happy weekend xo

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  4. Fabulous shots Ron and I absolute adore the fire escape in the second picture. You don't see those over here very much and I really like them.

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  5. Gorgeous. I love that these are in black and white, and the angles are superb! You make me want to take my camera around the city...I've thought about it but have enjoyed capturing nature so much I haven't found the time. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Good Morning Diane~

    Thank you.

    For some reason, I always think a city looks extra special shot in black and white. It gives it a rawness. Especially the cities here on the east coast because of all the historical architecture.

    " I was in awe as I passed the historic buildings that I had passed many timed before, when a woman asked us where we were from! She actually thought we were tourists. I have to admit I did feel like one."

    HA! And I know exactly what you mean because whenever I go to Manhattan (or even walking around Philly), I look just like a tourist because I'm forever looking at everything BUG-EYED.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl! Have a fantabulous weekend!

    XOXO

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  7. Hey there Bijoux~

    Thank you.

    Yes, that's the word exactly....fire escape. That building was just recently renovated into condos, and I was sooooo happy to see that the architecture KEPT the fire escape (as is), instead of removing it.

    "one of the reasons I love the western U.S. is because when you look up, you can actually see stars and sky!"

    I AGREE....the skies out west are AMAZING!!!!!

    And speaking of skies...I've always had a special affinity for the sky. I love clouds, stars, the sun, and the moon!

    LOVE em'!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a glorious weekend, looking up!

    X

    P.S. and did you see the MOON last night? It was STUNNING!

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  8. Good morning Akelamalu~

    Thank you.

    Yes, the fire escape shot is one of favs because I think the wrought iron railings are exquisite!

    Whenever I see a fire escape, I always think of the movie West Side Story, when Maria and Tony sing, "Tonight" to each other on the fire escape - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, m'dear! Have a lovely weekend!

    X

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  9. OH that was YOU pointing and staring up at the sky.... we put a dollar in your cup as we rushed by to get to Christmas Village. haha!!
    LOVE the photos, and damn, such impeccable grooming. There would be stubble and a bunch of nose hairs flying around if I got a shot of Ron from below. ;)
    My favorite shot is of the fire escapes, but they are all impressive. You're a fine photographer. xo

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  10. Bonjour Barbara~

    Thank you. I had a feeling (being a lover of Philly) you would enjoy these images.

    "Most of them are so engrossed in their phones. Each of them is in their own little bubble..."

    Exactly.....in their own little bubble.

    "And Philly rocks in b&w."

    I agree. I also like viewing Philly on a gray and rainy day. It brings out all the wonderful architecture.

    " Have you tried going up into a building and photographing from say, a roof top deck or coffee shop? That may be interesting."

    No I haven't, but thank you so much for suggesting that because I will have to try that one day. GREAT suggestion, Barb!!!!

    "I haven't had the chance to compare NYC & Philly. Of course, I have to to go to NYC one day."

    They're completely different "energy" feels. Everything about Manhattan is HUGE, whereas, Philly is on a much smaller scale. For me, both are delightful in their own way.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Happy weekend to ya!

    ((((( Barb )))))

    XO

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  11. Rob LenihanJanuary 06, 2012

    Wow, Ron, these are excellent photographs! You've got a great eye and I totally love black and white. And you make a great observation about life in the big city:

    "City life, no matter how long I live it, still excites me because it forces you to get out there and MINGLE with people. I enjoy quiet time alone, but there’s a part of me that equally enjoys interaction time with other people."

    Same here! That's why living in cities makes us so crazy--we're being pulled in opposite directions. New York has so many fabulous old buildings, but most people don't appreciate them. Thanks for the photos and here's looking--up--at you, kid!

    Have a tremendous weekend!

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  12. Yes, yes, yes. Me, too. I ALWAYS look up. Ceilings in church interiors are my great love but I always try to capture a building from the floor up. And aren't there so many variations. It's a shame to miss them by looking constantly at the floor. Actually I was trying to visualise what sort of position you were in to take that third shot...lol. My fav though is the second one. Beautiful!

    Have a splendid weekend.

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  13. Gooood morning SuziCate~

    Thank you. And thank YOU for inspiring me through your AMAZING photography!!!

    Isn't black and white wonderful? The thing I most enjoy about black and white photography is that it captures all the awesome shadows and highlights, that color doesn't. Black and white is so RAW.

    "I've thought about it but have enjoyed capturing nature so much I haven't found the time."

    I know exactly what you mean because I enjoy capturing nature as well. In fact, I plan on taking a day trip out into the burbs this month to capture it's awesome BEAUTY.

    It's ironic, because as much as I adore city life, I can be equally satisfied spending time in nature as well.

    Nature ROCKS!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend! Enjoy your weekend!

    X

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  14. Hey there Mary~

    "OH that was YOU pointing and staring up at the sky.... we put a dollar in your cup as we rushed by to get to Christmas Village."

    Bwhahahahhahahahahahaa! OMG...that was HILARIOUS!!!!!

    CRACKED. ME. UP.!

    Thank you. I had a feeling (being a Philly admirer and lover) you'd enjoy these images. Isn't Philly gorgeous?

    " such impeccable grooming. There would be stubble and a bunch of nose hairs flying around if I got a shot of Ron from below."

    HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And it's soooooooooooo funny you said that because on the morning before I shot that photo of myself, I trimmed my beard and groomed my nose hairs!!!!

    Isn't fire escape cool? It's a condo on the corner of Chestnut and 13th Streets.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Have a glorious weekend!

    XO

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  15. Hey there Rob~

    Thank you, buddy. I love black and white too. Especially when photographing images of city life because it REALLY captures the rawness.

    "That's why living in cities makes us so crazy--we're being pulled in opposite directions. New York has so many fabulous old buildings, but most people don't appreciate them."

    I agree...city life can be CRA-ZY! So I must be crazy too, because I LOVE IT! City life is really good for someone like me, because I like walking out my front door in the mornings and throwing myself into LIFE. There is no escaping people when you live in a city because they're ALL around you; forcing you interact with them.

    " New York has so many fabulous old buildings, but most people don't appreciate them."

    Yes, it certainly does. I adore NYC with all my heart. I always share with people that I was born in Philly, but my soul lives in NYC.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Rob. Have a SUPER weekend!

    X

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  16. Good morning Valerie~

    "Yes, yes, yes. Me, too. I ALWAYS look up."

    You GO, girl!

    "Ceilings in church interiors are my great love."

    Meeee too! I LOVE photographing church's! Especially the ceilings.

    "Actually I was trying to visualise what sort of position you were in to take that third shot."

    I was standing close (and directly under) that building (which is One Liberty Place). Also, the shot below was taken standing directly under the awning of that same building.

    Yes, the second shot seems to be everyone's favorite. And it's funny, because that was a last minute shot.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady! Have a splendid weekend!

    X

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  17. Pamela D HartJanuary 06, 2012

    “I enjoy quiet time alone, but there’s a part of me that equally enjoys interaction time with other people”

    Ron, I absolutely MUST have my alone/quiet time, but I also enjoy interacting with people. I like to listen to them speak; watch their mannerisms; finding out what makes them tick. When we take the time to really get to know PEOPLE, they are quite fascinating!

    “I love seeing all the various architectural angles and textures of the buildings, as they appear to be a work of art sketched across a canvas sky.”

    That is pure poetry!

    I live near the city of Pittsburgh and some of our buildings are just beautiful. One of my favorites is our Court House. I am in awe that it was constructed over 120 years ago!


    I love your pictures. The 2nd one, with the staircase going up the side of the building, the stairs remind me of continuous Z’s!

    Thanks for sharing and have a super weekend!

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  18. Good morning Pamela~

    OMG....I was JUST thinking of you and getting ready to stop by your blog because I saw that you posted today!

    "I like to listen to them speak; watch their mannerisms; finding out what makes them tick. When we take the time to really get to know PEOPLE, they are quite fascinating!"

    Meeeeeeeeeeee too! It must be that LEO quality in the two of us that enjoys both our quiet time AND interaction with others. Having been an actor for so many years, I've learned to be an 'observer' of human nature, in order to duplicate it for a role. I like to watch people, and study their mannerisms; finding out what makes them tick!

    For as much as I love humor, I also enjoy sitting down with someone and having a deep conversation.

    "I live near the city of Pittsburgh and some of our buildings are just beautiful. One of my favorites is our Court House. I am in awe that it was constructed over 120 years ago!"

    I've never been to Pittsburgh, but have seen MANY photographs of the city and LOVE the look of it. It's a lot like Philly - old and historical.

    " The 2nd one, with the staircase going up the side of the building, the stairs remind me of continuous Z’s!"

    HA! Hey, you're exactly right....it DOES look like continuous Z's! GREAT observation!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady! Always a delight to read your words.

    Have a super weekend.....X

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  19. Wonderful photographs, Ron! Philadelphia looks so beautiful. And you're right, black and white does have a way of making a city look extra special. It brings out the FEEL of urban life. And as you shared, a rawness. Having been to Europe, I agree, your city does resemble the feel of European life.

    As many other have stated, I really like the photo of the fire escape. But these are all really nice.

    Thank you for sharing, Ron. Really liked it. Have a nice weekend.

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  20. Hola Denise~

    Thank you. Isn't Philly cool-looking? I like how it's a mixture of both modern and old architecture.

    "Having been to Europe, I agree, your city does resemble the feel of European life."

    Yes, I think so too. I've never been to Germany, however tourists I've spoken to who have come into the store I work at say that Philadelphia reminds them somewhat of the German cities.

    Isn't the fire escape interesting? I pass that building every day while walking to work and LOVE looking up at it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  21. Beautiful Photos Ron!

    I don't actually have to look up to see wonderful views. I won't see any tower blocks though. Sheffield city is a hub of excitement but Mo and I rarely go there now. Maybe it has something to do with being born in London and living all of our younger life there, that makes us want to be free of the dirt and traffic fumes :) We prefer the clean air of the rugged countryside we have here in Yorkshire and one day I may post a series of photos of it. Though you wouldn't want to live here, I know you'd love it's photographic qualities :)

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  22. Hey there Babs~

    Thank you.

    "Maybe it has something to do with being born in London and living all of our younger life there, that makes us want to be free of the dirt and traffic fumes."

    Yes, I can totally understand your feelings about city life. Some people simply get to a point where they say, "Enough." And some people enjoy just visiting a city, but not actually living there.

    I have a friend who lives in the UK (Wimbledon), and says I would love London.

    "We prefer the clean air of the rugged countryside we have here in Yorkshire and one day I may post a series of photos of it. Though you wouldn't want to live here, I know you'd love it's photographic qualities.'

    I would LOVE to see photographs of where you live. It sounds delightful!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you a faaaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

    P.S. say Hi to Mo for me, okay?

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  23. ...Wow, these photos are just awesome! The fire escape (?) on the third photo is artistic metal - beautiful!

    ...I'm rarely in the city. Ever. So I can't relate to seeing these huge works of art towering above me. It must be awe inspiring to see in person.

    ...And you are just too dadgum cute! Love the photo of you. :o)

    ...Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for letting us tag along!

    ...Blessings :o)

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  24. Hey there TJ~

    Thank you, dear lady. It's so nice to finally have some free time to take pictures again. I was so busy last month, I barely even touched my camera.

    "...I'm rarely in the city. Ever. So I can't relate to seeing these huge works of art towering above me. It must be awe inspiring to see in person."

    I think you would enjoy Philadelphia because it's a city, but a cozy one. It's not too big, and VERY walkable. Now, NYC on the other hand is GIGANTIC and constantly moving. I LOVE it, but for some people it feels overwhelming.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, sweet lady. And thank you for your kind words.

    Have a terrific weekend!

    (((( TJ ))))

    X

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  25. Just remember while looking UP all the time, Ron, to occasionally look DOWN. Otherwise you might step in the remains of Fido's breakfast. I'm just sayin'.

    Also, fantastic pics!! Love the one with the fire escape especially. And great choice going with black and white, too.

    Have a wonderful weekend, whether you're looking up, down, or sideways!

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  26. Howdy Mark~

    "Just remember while looking UP all the time, Ron, to occasionally look DOWN. Otherwise you might step in the remains of Fido's breakfast. I'm just sayin'."

    Bwhahahahhahahahahahaha! HILARIOUS!

    *cheering*

    I KNEW you were going to say something to that effect! And thank you for 'catching' that, Mark! You da' man!

    Yes, I love black and white photography - whether it be still photos or old movies. Somehow black and white film GRABS me.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, bud! Have a spectacular weekend!

    X

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  27. These are such awesome photos! The angles...the black and white. I feel like I'm looking up at Philly from my first life in the 1940's. :-)

    I'm with you. I still get totally jazzed with the architecture of Cleveland. What fascinates me the most are the old neighborhoods that sadly are far too dangerous to get out of your car and photograph. I just imagine what they must have been like 50 or 60 years ago.

    Have a fabulous weekend, Ron. It's in the 50's here. Maybe I'll dig out my camera. ;-)

    xoxo

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  28. Hiya Chrissy~

    Aw...thanks, girl. I had so much fun taking these photos.

    "I feel like I'm looking up at Philly from my first life in the 1940's. :-)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And it's funny you said that because Philly has such a VINTAGE feel to it.

    " I still get totally jazzed with the architecture of Cleveland. What fascinates me the most are the old neighborhoods that sadly are far too dangerous to get out of your car and photograph."

    The pictures you've shared on your blog in past posts, have GREATLY reminded me of Philly. And we too have areas that are far too dangerous to get out of your car and photograph.

    It would be safer to take photographs from a HELICOPTER - HA!

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, Chrissy girl! Always FAB to see ya!

    Have a maaaaaavalous weekend!

    X

    P.S. yes, it's around in the 50's here too. No real snow yet, but I'm WAITING!!!

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  29. This morning this was not letting me leave a comment! :-( I especially love the second one with the fire escapes and the last one. AWESOME photos. Just be careful not to get a "crick" in your neck from all that looking up!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  30. I completely love your Philadelphia tour posts - you are the best tour guide ever and I think it's because you're so enthusiastic about everything that offers visual interest - just like you said. Makes me enthusiastic about it too. And the photos carry that positive vibe. You are really a gifted photographer Ron and can I just say how much I love your self portrait? It's a beautiful composition of a wonderfully handsome man. xo, Diane

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  31. Hiya Peg~

    "This morning this was not letting me leave a comment! :-("

    Soooo sorry :-(

    But THANK YOU for letting me know, my friend. I think Disqus is going through some upgrades right now, because it's doing weird things for me me too, at times. Hopefully, it will fix itself.

    Disqus works best with Google Chrome. I don't know whether you use it on your computer, but it's a faaaaaaaaaabulous web browser. And it's FAST.

    " I especially love the second one with the fire escapes and the last one. "

    Thank you. Most people are saying the same thing about the fire escape, so I'm glad I was guided to take that shot.

    "Just be careful not to get a "crick" in your neck from all that looking up!"

    HA! Okay.

    Thanks sooooooooooooooooooo much for stopping back and trying to leave another comment. You're the best!

    Have a super weekend, Peg!

    X

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  32. Diane, your comment was so touching.

    Thank you for your sweet words....X

    Glad you enjoy my Philly tour posts because I TRULY love to share them. They're so much fun to put together.

    Philadelphia truly IS a beautiful city. And so brilliantly diverse in it's architecture. It's a joy to photograph.

    Thanks so very much for stopping by, dear girl. You made my night!

    Wishing you and Cristybella a faaaaaaaaabulous weekend!

    X to you both.

    P.S. and I can't wait to see what you do with that chair!!!

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  33. gorgeous photos ron and i totally agree, sometimes i forget to look up, some of the best things to see are because of looking up. i especially love looking up at buildings and trees. a different perspective indeed. thanks for sharing.

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  34. Hey there ladyV~

    Thank you. I always think of YOU whenever I take black and white photos because yours are ALWAYS so AWESOME. You have such a talent with a camera, girl!

    " some of the best things to see are because of looking up. i especially love looking up at buildings and trees. a different perspective indeed."

    You said it....a different perspective indeed. It's like a whole different outlook.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying this gorgeous Saturday.

    X

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  35. Collette PalmerJanuary 07, 2012

    Happy New Year, Ron! Beautiful pics! I love the black & white used on buildings & leafless trees. It has a classic, yet eerie feel to it.
    I tend to look down a lot (just in case someone dropped some money ;)
    I like to take pics while looking up, too, because the sky is the limit!

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  36. Helloooooooooooooo Collette~

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO!!!!!

    It's so fab to see ya! Hope you had an awesome holiday. Can you believe it's 2012!?!?

    Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

    " I love the black & white used on buildings & leafless trees. It has a classic, yet eerie feel to it. "

    Meeee too! I love the look of leafless trees. That's why I enjoy winter so much. To me, there is something so raw and beautiful about barrenness of winter.

    "I tend to look down a lot (just in case someone dropped some money ;)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Priceless!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012!

    Rock on!

    X

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  37. What a gentle tune to go with the photos--thanks for sharing that one. I'll have to play it for he-who-slept-in-.....again.....LOL

    Geeze--I've taken so few photos in the past 30 days, it's scary. But I got out yesterday and did some lookin' up. I'm a lookin' up kinda gal.
    And when you have eagles chattering around you, you get all sorts of happy! Well, I do anyway.

    NOT quite the same as the gorgeousness of the city's architecture--but still well worth the adventure and the clicking of the shutter.
    You really do some fantastic shots--and I smiled at the one of you. Really--WELL DONE!! :-)

    Smalltown USA--I think we have one three story building in town.
    (quit laughin'.....) I think the tallest structures are the grain silos. LOLOL Hey! They make for interesting photos, dangit. Maybe I'll try some black and white with them--not that you'd notice the difference when it's a gray day.

    :-/

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  38. Gooood morning Mel~

    "What a gentle tune to go with the photos--thanks for sharing that one. I'll have to play it for he-who-slept-in-.....again.....LOL"

    So glad you enjoyed the tune on my sidebar. And it's so ironic you shared that because I was hoping people would play the music while viewing these photos. I think the music goes well with the images.

    "But I got out yesterday and did some lookin' up. I'm a lookin' up kinda gal."

    Yes, I know from viewing your amazing photos on your blog, you're a lookin' up kinda gal. Libra thing perhaps?

    "NOT quite the same as the gorgeousness of the city's architecture--but still well worth the adventure and the clicking of the shutter."

    To me, there's beauty to be found looking up whether it be in a city or out in country. Your photos always BLOW ME AWAY!

    "Smalltown USA--I think we have one three story building in town.
    (quit laughin'.....) I think the tallest structures are the grain silos. LOLOL

    HA! And yes....they certainly DO make for interesting photos.

    I so enjoy looking at the images you share of where you live. It's a BEAUTIFUL place.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you're having a super-super weekend!

    ((((( Mel ))))))

    X

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  39. Katherine KrigeJanuary 08, 2012

    Look up. Look outside yourself and notice the world. See the beauty in life around us from all angles. I think with that full moon, I might just have to be heeding your advice my friend. Blessings to you Ron

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  40. Greetings Katherine~

    "Look up. Look outside yourself and notice the world. See the beauty in life around us from all angles"

    Amen! You said it!

    I too think that with a full moon! I LOVE the moon!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're enjoying an awesome weekend!

    X and blessings!

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  41. Herman TurnipJanuary 08, 2012

    Geez, Ron. That's a great collection of photographs. My favorite snap is the one with the fire escape. OH...and the third photo just below the fire escape one. Oh...and also the last one....heck, they're all great! Wish I had your eye. Nice use of black and white as well. *golf clap*

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  42. OHMYWORD! These photos are stunning!!

    And you make a very good point. It's hard to remember to LOOK UP in the big city. Thank you for posting and sharing these gorgeous pictures!

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  43. Howdy Herman~

    Aw...thank you, buddy. Glad you enjoyed. I had such a fun time putting this post together.

    Philly really IS a cool-looking city. And it BEGS to be photographed.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words.

    Hope you had a FAB weekend!

    Have a great week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler

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  44. Hey there Meleah~

    Thanks, girl. Glad you enjoyed. It's been so nice to have OFF from work right now, and to have the time for some photography. I enjoy taking photographs.

    "It's hard to remember to LOOK UP in the big city."

    It is. I think much of that has to do with having so much going on around you all day. You just forget to look UP.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my Libra friend. Always a joy to see ya!

    LOVED your last post!

    XO

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  45. ron, that staircase or fire escape or whatever made me weak in the knees, it's so beautiful.

    And so are you! Do you have on fake eyelashes? Come on, you do, don't you!! You are quite a beautiful man. I'd rather look at you.

    xoxoxox

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  46. Hello again Linda~

    Thank you. Everyone seems to like the fire escape best. And what's really funny, I took that photo LAST and on the spur of the moment.

    "Do you have on fake eyelashes? Come on, you do, don't you!!"

    HA! How funny because so many people ask me if I wear mascara - I kid you not. In fact, one day at work a guy I was waiting on asked me, "I hope this doesn't embarrass you, but what kind of mascara do you use because it looks so natural - I want to buy it too.

    I laughed and said, "Sorry....but I'm not wearing mascara."

    I have my father's eye lashes. He had dark and very long lashes.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear friend.

    (((( Linda ))))


    xoxoxoxooxoxox

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  47. Love the b&w. For some reason b&w always makes architecture look amazing, IMO. That one building with the fire escape is fantastic! You totally rock as a photographer, bro!

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  48. Hey there Lady Nitebyrd~

    "Love the b&w. For some reason b&w always makes architecture look amazing, IMO."

    I TOTALLY agree! And I think it's because B&W brings out all the highlights and shadows of the architecture.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis! And thank you for your sweet and supportive words.

    ((((( You )))))

    X ya bunches!

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  49. whenpigsflyJanuary 11, 2012

    Fantastic photos! I'm constantly looking up when I'm in a city. I so love Philly. It does have more of a European feel to it in some ways. I haven't thought about it like that before. Hope you're having a fab week.

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  50. Aw....thanks Jen.

    " I so love Philly. It does have more of a European feel to it in some ways. I haven't thought about it like that before."

    Yes, I so thought of YOU while taking these photos because I know how much you love Philly. I love that it has a 'European feel' to it, which gives it it's unique charm!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    Hi from Philly!!!!

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  51. I did that about 2 years ago in Kuala Lumpur. but when i take a shot. :) I'd do only 90 degree shots. So if i have to, i would lie on the floor and shoot.

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  52. Greetings Joanna~

    Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a comment. So nice to meet you!

    "I'd do only 90 degree shots. So if i have to, i would lie on the floor and shoot."

    It's so ironic you shared that because with a few of these shots, I was actually tempted to lie on the street and take the photo supine - it probably would have been easier, but really unsanitary - HA!

    Have a wonderful day. Please stop by whenever you wish, you're always welcome.

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  53. You're not going to believe this, Ron, but I have actually started to save photos intending to (one day) start a meme on this very theme. An elderly man once told me to look up and appreciate the architectural details in a city that most people never notice, and so I've always done so - sometimes at the expense of my poor damaged neck! But it's so true, there's wealth of detail up there.

    I love your photos, especially that wonderfully ornate fire escape! Black and white really suits architecture, doesn't it?

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  54. Hey Jay~

    "You're not going to believe this, Ron, but I have actually started to save photos intending to (one day) start a meme on this very theme."

    OMG...how COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I hope you do, because I would love seeing it!

    "An elderly man once told me to look up and appreciate the architectural details in a city that most people never notice, and so I've always done so -....."

    Excellent advice. And I'll tell ya, I use to NEVER look up as much as I do now.....since getting a camera.

    Yes....I ADORE black and white! It has such a wonderful feel.

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, my friend.

    Enjoy your day!
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