How I Photo

People have asked me how do I know what and who I’m going to photograph when I’m out. I can honestly tell you that most times I go out with no “game plan” whatsoever. I basically clear my mind and just shoot what feels right to me. I don’t follow any rules or structure as is suggested by so many “pro” photogs out there on the web. I just go from the gut. I don’t spray and pray either. I am very selective on what I choose to make a photograph. It’s really just an instinctive thing.

 

Social Documentary and Street photography captured candidly on the streets of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas
Social Documentary and Street photography captured candidly on the streets of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas

 

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Hand in Hand

Why don’t I update my blog more often? I can honestly say that because I am too busy with all the other photo endeavors and life that this one gets neglected the most. I would like to say I am going to change that but, only time will tell.

So today I am sharing a street photo that I really stumbled into making. Literally. I stumbled up the curb crossing the street about 30 seconds before I came upon this mom and her two boys. I have fallen in love with this photo. I am so happy that I was able to capture their expressions as they were walking towards me and I just kind of moved out of their way.

Hand in HandThanks for visiting and I am going to make an honest attempt to update here much more often. In the meantime, please visit my latest photo project at the following website: People of the Steel City

 

 

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Life Ain’t Easy

It surely isn’t. We all know it. It’s hard as Hell. Even when it’s going good, it takes hard work to keep it that way.

For people suffering depression and mental illness it is even harder. Do we quit and give up when it seems that it is never going to get better? Some do and that is one of the sad realities of humanity.

Can we cope? Can we overcome? Can we conquer? Tough questions that elude some and dominate others thoughts and actions.

Every day is a new day. Hopefully more folks can make it without giving up.

 

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Pre Game

Over this past weekend, my wife and I stayed in a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh on the North Side directly across from PNC Park. Our plans were to stay there Saturday night and to go watch the Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon for her birthday.

Going to the city for any length of time assures that I will have some time to shoot some Street Photography. A friend of mine, Mike “ThearterWiz” Criswell, and I worked out a deal for his Fuji X100s and I was dying to get out and shoot with it. What better opportunity than some evening and night shooting on the North Side?

After a lengthy, and completely refunded and comped check in at Residence Inn, which is another story in itself, Jen and I headed out to get some dinner. After dinner, on our way back, the crowds of Pirates fans had gathered for Saturday night’s game. As we approached our hotel directly across from the ballpark, there was a group of guys doing “Kegstands” in the little courtyard at our hotel.

Kegstand
Kegstand

We watched for a minute and then I had looked away and was shooting some photos of the crowd. When I looked back, the keg was gone and I saw the above and had no idea how he had been hurt or how bad it was. We crossed the street, I snapped this shot and then saw that he had hit his head falling down on a concrete bench and was bleeding pretty bad. The paramedics showed up and I decided that was enough because I really didn’t want to “know” the story. I wanted the photo to speak for itself.

Never a dull moment when I’m out shooting.

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Donald Trump visits Pittsburgh

Donald Trump came to Pittsburgh for a Town Hall meeting and Rally yesterday, April 13, 2016. Defying objections from my family who were concerned about me due to my dizziness issues, I went downtown with an assistant to help ensure my safety to record what I knew would be protests.

I have no agenda here. I only wanted to document what I saw. I have to say, while I was there I saw no physical acts of violence or trouble. A lot of swearing and chanting by both sides. More by the protesters than the supporters.

The following photos are some of what I recorded with more to be added at a future date. I have received many requests to get my photos posted ASAP so this will be the beginning. Many more photos will be uploaded very soon.

If interested in prints of any of my photographs, please Contact Me to order.

 

Protesters Marching up Penn Avenue
Protesters Marching up Penn Avenue
Protesters Marching
Protesters Marching
Topless in the Crowd
Topless in the Crowd
Protesters Marching
Protesters Marching
Trump Supporter
Trump Supporter
Masked Protester
Masked Protester
Trump Supporters
Trump Supporters
Trump Supporter
Trump Supporter
Protesters
Protesters
Penn Avenue and 10th Street
Penn Avenue and 10th Street

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Walking in the Rain

A fitting image for today. The weather was very lousy across a large part of the USA last night and into today it continues. Including here.

 

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Walking in the Rain

 

I hope everyone stays safe and has a good day. Take care and thanks for visiting!

 

Transport

One of the ways I get to places to shoot Street Photography. There is always interesting characters on the T in Pittsburgh. I really liked the silhouette of the big guy in the middle. Sometimes I will write a lot about a photo. Other times I will just let the photo speak for itself, like today.

 

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Transport

 

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