Swoosh
Swoosh
Swoosh
Swoosh

Hamilton Street, Philadelphia
digital collage printed on clear vinyl, 2009

When invited to do a piece for the walkway at the Philadelphia airport I visited the site to see how people would see this collage. One is able to see these images from all angles; looking up from below, and from both the inner and outer areas of the terminal passageway. Travelers leaving their homes, or returning to their homes would pass through this walkway. I wanted to use photographs of the homes in my neighborhood because I felt that the character of these buildings, as they have developed over time through the small modifications, renovations and weathering, were an expression of many human experiences in one specific place. The houses were photographed on my street, Hamilton Street, and some of the trees were photographed in Fairmont Park.

I like the idea that people would be walking along this path and looking up at it the same way I walk along the streets in my neighborhood and look through peoples windows and look up at the changing trees and architecture. Although Philadelphia is known for its row houses, these twin houses are characteristic of my neighborhood, and are interesting because of the way that they evolve due to their joint-ownership.

While working on the images, I altered the placement, scale and color of the trees and birds to animate the scene and create an entrance to a more imagined place. This space could be experienced first-hand as I have experienced on walks in my own neighborhood.