pittsburgh film photographer

Carnegie Museum of Art

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. Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art Carnegie Museum of Art

Phipps Winter Flower Show

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.

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What is your favorite place that you love to explore? Tell me in the comments below.