2020 was a year like no other. While Inquirer photojournalists continued to provide Philadelphians a window into each other’s lives, into cities that suddenly seemed deserted, into emotions that filled our streets, there was so much more of 2020 that happened away from the spotlight. We wanted to share in the moments that mattered to you. Here are some of our favorites from more than 700 images submitted to our Instagram #OurPhilly gallery, selected by a team of our photographers.
We hope to see more of each other in 2021. Be well, Philly.
We made a trip to one of my favorite sunset spots this weekend! While I got some great new shots of the city, I was surprised how well this shot of the PATCO train leaving the city turned out. I always forget to take the shot of the train heading the other way, remembered this time, rushed, still had my lens in manual focus and had just enough time to get one shot in focus as the train crested over the hill. What I didn't realize at the time was how perfectly framed the people on the bridge were! That chance moment took this from a shot I may not have even edited to one I really love!
#WhiteCoatsForBlackLives Today we gathered representatives from medical school, anesthesiology, family medicine, urology, internal medicine, and OB/GYN to stand in solidarity with Black America. As doctors and doctors-in-training, we treat the effects of racism every day. We see the gunshot wounds, the preventable illnesses, the mental health issues (to name a few) and we realize that we can no longer stay silent. As Virchow put it, “the physician is the natural attorney for the poor.” We have to leverage our social capital to give amplify this message. To all those who came out today, I thank you. Thanks also to those supporting from home. For anyone who wished they could’ve been there, know that you can take part from your own home. Throw on your white coat, take a knee, and spend 10 minutes of silent remembrance. If you feel so moved, share it on social media with #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives. Let’s put ourselves on the right side of history.
Nothing like live music while we give out food! This is Justin. We met Justin one day as he was coming out from school, one of our volunteers offered him some cookies and invited him into the center. And the rest is history. Justin serves on the worship team, food distribution and anything else we ask him to serve in!