On a Friday night in July when Anthrocon - the viking invasion as well as gallery crawl were happening, my friend Donna and I decided to go on a photo walk in downtown Pittsburgh. I don't do this nearly enough so it was fun to go out without expectation and capture whatever we saw.
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The snow is falling today and reminded me of a day last winter when I brought my film camera loaded with some black and white film, and explored the shapes and textures of Carnegie Museum of Art. It is so vital for me as an artist to go out and shoot just for fun. I do it regularly, and always to learn something new. Here I played with the latitude of a 400 ISO film underexposed two stops and then pushed in developing. Nerd-speak for: Tri-X film is an awesome choice in dark environments.
Every dog owner knows that Walk is a word that must never be uttered unless you mean business. Around the house we call it The W. On weekend mornings after Alice has had her breakfast, she gazes out over the neighborhood, and eventually starts following us around the house, smiling and howling as to indicate that it is time to go outside. Of course she eventually wins, and we head to Frick Park which is a stone throw away from our backyard. We return with a happy girl who naps the afternoon away. What is your weekend routine with your pup?
Guess what happens when you leave a photographer behind to keep an eye on the dogs at the camp site while the rest of the gang go tubing down Clarion River? A forest-inspired mini-shoot of course. I mean, how could I not capture these film portraits of Eloise, Hilda, and Alice?
Elliott Erwitt once said "To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them". I love that quote, and I've been embracing the slow season that naturally happens in January/February by exploring places around Pittsburgh and shooting film. Sort of like a treasure hunt that helps me re-charge, try new things, and just have fun.
The reason I choose film for personal work is because it slows me down. I don't constantly look at the LCD in the back, I stay in the moment, and am limited to only 12-24 frames, which means that I have to be very deliberate with what I capture. Even though I visit Phipps Conservatory numerous times per year, I always find something new that catches my eye. Here are a few from the Phipps winter flower show.
What is your favorite place that you love to explore? Tell me in the comments below.