Sometimes pictures can tell stories better than words, especially those that have never

been seen.

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

picturesque sceneries.

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

surrounded by.

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

good photographer.”

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