Sometimes pictures can tell stories better than words, especially those that have never
Photographer and founder of Brotherly Lost, Ben Wong wanted to create a platform to
showcase unique photographs of Philadelphia that no one has shot before. He wanted to
highlight the fact that although the famous landmarks of Philadelphia are breathtakingly
beautiful, some of the most run-down, underestimated neighborhoods house the most
People usually associate images such as LOVE Park, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge,
Penns Landing, and Boat House Row with the city of Philadelphia. However, through
his photographs showcased on his Instagram and personal website, he has showed his
followers that there is so much more to Philadelphia than what originally meets the eye.
“I’m on foot a lot so I like to, as the name implies, get lost. I love exploring all the nooks
and cracks in the city in hopes to find things that nobody else has probably seen,” said
Ben has always had an appreciation for photography, but decided to pursue his curiosity
for it about five years ago. Before taking up the world of street photography, Ben shot an
array of things including weddings, portraits, and events. In his leisure time he found
pleasure in roaming the streets of Philadelphia with his camera in hand. After compiling a
great deal of these unique photographs, he decided to create an online space where he
could house them. Soon after, Brotherly Lost was born.
Ben wanted to shoot scenes that skewed away from the norm. “I really enjoyed the
gritty, almost abandoned parts of the city where most people wouldn’t even step out of
their car,” said Ben.
Thinking outside the box and creating beautifully rustic images has earned Ben 16,000
Instagram followers, and counting.
He decided to categorize the photographs on his website by street. The best part of
posting, he says are the memories that his photographs evoke in people. “Some of my
favorite comments I get on my photos are from people who know more about the subject
in the photo than I do. Either they lived on that particular street or knew the person or
place, walked by it every day. I love hearing the backstory of the different streets and
buildings in my pictures by the people who lived close to them,” said Ben.
As for the future of Brotherly Lost? Ben plans on continuing to post to Brotherly Lost
everyday, as well as expand the concept to incorporate some of his other personal
projects. Brotherly Lost thrives on being authentic and utilizing the city that we are
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring photographers Ben said, “Use the
resources you have and it will make you more creative. There are established
photographers out there that only shoot on their phones, and their images are better than
some with professional grade equipment. You don’t always need a good camera to be a
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