This is the "Liberty Bell" on display in it's permanent (now) spot in The Liberty Bell Center, which is part of the National Historic Park that encompasses all of this area in downtown "Philly". Seen through the window (across Market Street) is Independance Hall, where the Declaration of Independance - as well as the US Constitution several years later - were debated, finalized, and signed.
If you go back to my previous post, this bulding that we are in here, would be to your right as you look at the group of tourists who were posing for their picture.
The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges which was Pennsylvania's original Constitution. Popular belief is that slavery abolitionists were the ones who actually came up with the term "Liberty Bell"
During the revolutionary war - The Bell was hastened out of town to avoid confiscation...the hiding place was the basement of a church in Allentown, PA which is about 60 miles north of Philadelphia and a scant 12 miles west from where I live, in Easton, PA. By the way, the chances of snatching the bell back then were probably far more achievable then, than they are now. This building is monitored and protected by all sorts of state-of-the-art electronic and sensory devices, as well as security guards, inside and out , who remain on duty " 24/7 - 365"!
Thanks to that "glary" sky, the time of day, and the huge window, this was about as much as I could do to take the shadows out of the bell in post processing and make it as visible as possible for you. Also, this wonderful lady popped her head right in front of me JUST as I was taking this shot! I probably could have tried to "obliterate" her (in post processing, that is), but I decided to leave her there, so I could complain about her on the blog and title this piece as I have.
Tomorrow, Denny gets serious, just a bit....Call it a rant.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire