About a year and a half ago while shooting a long exposure photo, I witnessed a man commit suicide off the Ben Franklin Bridge. The experience is something that I’ll never forget. The mood was so heavy and dark that one could feel the loss of the person’s life in the air. I can only imagine what this person saw and felt the day he took his own life; what the city must have felt like and looked like to him. It was pretty hard to shoot this time-lapse without thinking about what I had witnessed.
Using Black & White Long-Exposure photography, I wanted to capture Center City Philadelphia in a darker light. Rarely when walking through the city do we look up and see the towering buildings above us. In this Time-lapse I wanted to capture what we don’t see. The last scene is where I saw the man take his own life.
I dedicate this time-lapse to him. May you forever rest in peace…
If you would like to read more about this please see my blog post (Departure):
If you are someone that needs help there are people that can help, please contact Hopeline.com or 1-800-Suicide.
All scenes were shot with a Hoya ND400 filter and a Canon 7D. Black & White conversion and other effects were done in post-processing.
Music provided by the “Music Bed”
Song from A. Taylor, “Who Will Remember”.