Monday, February 15, 2016

City Summer

Google maps provide a very interesting glimpse of the world.  You can sit in front of your computer wherever you are and cruise along streets far away or around the corner.  These scenes are not happening in real time but were taken presumably by a car with a camera but it could as easily be a drone.  They are videos frozen in time.  The people will always be caught mid step where they are.  The buildings will always be standing on that street corner.  We have been capturing things forever as humans from the time man carved an image in a shell 540,000  years ago.  But Google maps is a new wrinkle.  You can go almost anywhere in the world where there is a public road and ride down it in the comfort of your home.  This is a strange and wonderful thing.
I am looking for scenes of Philadelphia for a project.  I am really not going to go out with my paint and easel or even my camera to the wilds of the city in this weather.
What to do?  In the comfort of my studio I cruise the streets.  I came across this scene in North Philadelphia that says something to me about living in the city in the summer. I not only was able to find what I was looking for but it was nice and warm there.

Nancy Herman
12" x 9"
oil on hard board