Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory, a beautiful multi-winged greenhouse founded in 1893 by steel magnate Henry Phipps, is one of the jewels of the city; a gorgeous tour-de-force of plant life from all around the world, housed inside its old, weathered, temperature-controlled glass walls. Every year, the conservatory goes through many different changes, each cultivated to represent a different part of the world. When I had taken the tour in the fall of 2015, the conservatory had been reworked to represent a Japanese zen garden during autumn; a beautiful sight represented here by these delicate paper umbrellas, hung overhead down a long, glass hallway. Outside, a dreary mist filled the October skies...but that just added to the allure and mystique of the sight, unusual as it was.
On the 4th of July, 2014, some friends and I took it upon ourselves to go out and explore the city, and to watch the annual river racing festival, the Pittsburgh Regatta. Of course, being that I love taking photographs of practically anything I get near, I took this opportunity to snap some photographs of our fair city in as unusual a manner as I could, including this shot you see right here. This is the Fort Duquesne Bridge, mashed up against a backdrop of urban imagery. The Highmark Building can be seen in the background, with the rest forming a sort of mishmash between the old and new that so thoroughly defines what Pittsburgh is. The more I look at this, the more I realize that it's essentially Pittsburgh in a nutshell. The new, the old, the black, and the gold.
This photograph was taken of a statue of George Washington near the National Aviary, in a park along the north shore of Pittsburgh, PA. I was walking through the park outside of the Aviary, with my girl hand in hand, and we came across this statue, large and imposing. I pulled out my camera, as I so often do when I've got it with me, and snapped this shot. I can clearly remember I hoping it would turn out...and for the longest time, I'm not sure if it did. The photo needed a certain something, and it puzzled me for years. I liked the photo, but wanted to make it striking in some way. Drawing upon all I've learned in the past several years, I put forth my best effort, and wound up with this.