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Urban Abstracts

I love Philadelphia for the same reason I loved living in San Francisco: it is an extremely walkable city, and I love exploring and photographing what I call “urban abstracts.” The term, for me, describes the  line, color, form, texture and pattern to be found everywhere you look, particularly on the exterior walls of buildings decorated with electric and telephone wires, pipes of all sorts and sizes, downspouts, rust, peeling paint, eroded brick and stone all coming together in marvelously random compositions that frequently rival the abstract art one might find in the traditional gallery or art museum. In fact, I consider these walks around Philadelphia and other cities as visits to the largest Urban Abstract Art Museum in the world. And it’s all free to enjoy if you but have the eyes to see.