Philadelphia, like most cities populated by smartphone users with a little too much time to kill, boasts a thriving Instagram community, and its members are not afraid to show off their surroundings.
We have the pleasure of living in a photogenic town, rich with opportunities to pic-share stuff more interesting than dashboard thermometer shots and butchered Starbucks cup names. But with so many active ‘grammers out there flexing their Valencia, Sutro and Earlybird skills, it’s only natural that some shots are cropping up more frequently than others.
Here, in no particular order, is a rundown of the Philly-centric Instagram shots I come across the most. Let me preface this roundup by stating for the record that I'm personally guilty of most, if not all, of these moves. Now join me in celebrating the Philly Instagram Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
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The "Drop Your Pants Off To Us" sign at Warwick Cleaners near Rittenhouse (above). Everyone loves a solid double laundry entendre.
Beauty shots of the Ben Franklin Bridge from Morgan's Pier, with or without a clutched can of craft beer (usually Hell or High Watermelon) in the corner to taunt your friends who are still at work.
The Kurt Vile mural at Front and Master.
South Street's Magic Gardens, but only the outside, because it costs $7 to get in.
Ben Franklin laid back in the cut on Penn's campus, with toggleable selfie option.
Some variation on a disembodied hand holding a delicious donut from Federal Donuts. Don't forget to caption it "There goes my diet!" and hashtag it #foodie or #nomnomnom.
Any late afternoon/early evening view from the South Street Bridge, accompanied a melodramatic civic pride hashtag like #bleedgreen or #putonformycity.
Any elevated skyline-type view from Schuylkill River Park, also accompanied by a #THISISMYCITY-type hashtag and/or a comment about how far you jogged to get there.
The Keith Haring mural in Point Breeze, clouds optional.
Christmas in South Philly. Everyone should Instagram these all the time regardless of what month it is because they're the best. Photo | @thequeensupreme
Anything featuring the Phillie Phanatic in any context. Another thing that should be 'grammed all the time, no questions asked. I'd be OK with everything on Instagram being replaced with Phanatic photos, actually. Someone please develop an app that does this in a manner similar to this useful "replace all pics with Ryan Gosling" tool.
The Cowboys-bashing POS system screen at Jose Pistola’s.
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