The Pennsylvania Convention Center's recent expansion brings new colors and light to Philadelphia's Broad Street. The building's façade is illuminated at dusk, revealing a web of colored lights, which shift throughout the night in a pattern of different colors.
This stunning addition to the city's streetscape provides a unique challenge for the photographer: how best to capture these constantly moving lights at nightfall? As sunlight fades and the sky begins darken and change colors a longer exposure time is necessary for each photograph. So in order to photograph the buildings moving lights, Greg worked with the building's lighting designer, who slowed the lights' animation during the shoot. The resulting image shows the city as a palette of bright colors, giving a sense of the historic city's constant motion.
Another challenge in photographing the center was the limited timeframe to take the perfect image. Twilight is a magical time of day for photographs, but it is a very short window of time, especially to get multiple angles of the same building. To catch the building at its best, Greg worked with assistants, stationed at cameras in two additional locations, who photographed the building during that short window of opportunity.
The image is brightened by the newest Claus Oldenburg sculpture: a "paint brush" standing in the new Lenfest Plaza, across the street from the Convention Center. It wasn't the first time Greg had documented the Convention Center: last year he photographed the building's massive interior expansion. Seen here.