May 23rd, 2011

Convention Center Exteriors

Posted in architectural photography, featured by Greg Benson
Broad Street facade of Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Broad Street facade of Pennsylvania Convention Center.

My photographs of the interior are here.

The new expansion to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center adds a dramatic facade on Broad Street near City Hall.

View of Convention Center with City Hall in the background.

View of Convention Center with City Hall in the background.

Photographing in a busy urban area is a challenge. Cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians crowd the streets, creating visual distractions. Minimizing their presence allows the building to stand out.

Wide view of Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion.

Wide view of Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion.

As part of my preparation for photographing the center’s exteriors, I received permission from the Philadelphia Film Office to mark the 1300 block of Arch Street as a “no parking” zone for the day of the shoot. This enabled me to take photographs of the south-facing facade without parked cars distracting the viewer’s attention.

Arch Street facade of Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion.

Arch Street facade of Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion.

Bridge that connects the new expansion with the existing Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Bridge that connects the new expansion with the existing Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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