Yes, I still shoot film on occasion, and I realize that this is being posted on a Saturday, but the post title states otherwise. Things move more slowly in the analog world.
Decided to concentrate on four nearby neighborhoods this day – East Falls, Chestnut Hill plus East & West Mount Airy.
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All images shown were taken with a Nikon F4 with a Nikkor 35-70mm F2.8 AF-D lens. The film used was Kodak TRI-X, shot at 400 ISO and developed in HC-110.
Once a suburb where well-to-do Philadelphians escaped the city’s summer heat, Chestnut Hill saw an influx of year-round residents with the arrival of railroads in the 19th century. Since then, it remains a relatively affluent community with an array of historic mansions and Victorian twin and row houses.
East & West Mount Airy
Sometimes a name so perfectly fits a neighborhood that it immediately creates an accurate mental image. Gently rising from the banks of Wissahickon Creek roughly 20 minutes from Center City, Mt. Airy combines dense leafy parkland, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor attracting aspiring entrepreneurs. Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historical roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century commingle with Victorian and 20th-century homes.
East Falls (a.k.a. The Falls) is a neighborhood in the Northwest section of Philadelphia on the east or left bank side of the now submerged Schuylkill River cataracts, the ‘Falls of the Schuylkill’ that became submerged as the Schuylkill Canal and Fairmount Water Works projects were completed in 1822. The East Falls community is located adjacent to Germantown, Roxborough, Allegheny West, and Nicetown-Tioga neighborhoods.
Recently, East Falls has been undergoing redevelopment to elevate its status to nearby Manayunk and other local shopping districts in the Philadelphia area. The recently completed Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center offers instruction to Philadelphia youth in a 9.2-acre, sixteen-court facility that operates in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, and others. It was built with private funding in partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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