When we came across this video on the web, our first reaction was: “What?? What do you mean by Philly is Ugly?!?!? We love Philly! After watching this, it all made sense.
Photographer Nathaniel Dodson has created an incredible time lapse film of over 150 locations across Philadelphia showcasing the city from different angles, at different times a day. We asked him about his inspiration for creating the film and what made him name it Philly is Ugly.
The name “Philly is ugly” came about as I was casually thinking of some funny or interesting names for the project. I did not want to give it a cliche, or “fluffy” name like “Philly Lights”, or “Philadelphia is Beautiful”, or “Philly, Philly, Philly, Vanilly”, well maybe not that last one, but I knew I wanted to do something different, something that would punch you in the mouth. The more I thought about the name “Philly is ugly”, the more I loved it. “Philly is ugly” will make both those who love and those who hate Philadelphia (surely there isn’t anybody like that out there!) turn and look at the film. If I did my job, the film will show everybody just how beautiful Philadelphia is. It was mildly terrifying sticking with the name, but once I bought the domain name, there was no going back! You will never influence the world by trying to be like it. Step out and do something different. Be daring.
Philly is Ugly (or not). See for yourself!