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Small Walks, Open Evenings

By Khylil

This is just a random thought I had when I was walking a few times recently after work; I get the feeling that I enjoy taking pictures of very bright things. I believe that my love for lights and good music is just one of the few things I enjoy to do outside and I want to continue doing just that whenever I am bored or need to clear my head. I also think that this has some part to do with my autism because every time I look at lighting, or listen to certain music, it just puts me in a very peaceful mood. It’s a hobby I used to do often to break out of nervousness or just to clear my mind of negative thoughts on what might have messed up my day whether big or small.

The excitement of seeing things that are very bright piqued my interest as a child and I always wanted to revisit the areas I had so much curiosity about as a child. It just felt like a strange, somewhat repetitive thing to do, visit certain areas at night, but sometimes it just gets like that with me. I like the images that certain tones of lights have at night, and I prefer to think that I am reliving my childhood when I am looking at the lights.

December is a great time to see the city and lights at night, but I don’t get to do it often since I am busy doing things that don’t allow me to go outside as much. I’ve been trying to put my best foot forward to get out more and it looks so much more beautiful than I thought. I’ve taken a couple trips down 15th Street in Center City, Philadelphia or 40th Street, West Philadelphia. There’s not really much to see down certain parts of 40th street, but some areas just give me that feeling of curiosity of liking lights and decorations.

Then of course, there are the trips I take around Center City and South Street near my job. These areas are well decorated and I have spent most of my current time there, enjoying the lights, music and some of the familiar faces. These two places have been my main places because of the people who’ve had the same hobbies to mine (well, mainly video games and comic books that is).

Since my time in school is about to come to a close, I really want to start getting out there and enjoy doing this more so I can have that feeling of enjoying lights on the streets and buildings, and also some good music on the side.