On the Friday and Saturday of Easter Weekend 2005, I headed down to Philadelphia to meet with some friends. It wasn't genuine travel per se (Philadelphia is just an hour away by car), but I took the opportunity to photograph Philadelphia's churches, streets, the waterfront, and city life, and capture the unique blend of squalor and splendor in one of America's oldest cities.

Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception


St. Peter the Apostle Church (Catholic)


St. Andrew's Orthodox Church (Russian Orthodox)

On this Saturday morning there was a most unusual service taking place at this church. There were only five people present: the bald and bearded Orthodox priest, two women, a man, and a teenage girl who was the focus of the service (which may have been a coming-of-age ritual). Although I did not take pictures, I did record some of the service on my camera, and you can listen to the mp3 here.

Philadelphia's Streets


The Old Mill Riverfront in Northern Philadelphia

c. 2005 Christopher Gunson