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.
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 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.
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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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Sometimes when out on the streets you try not to let your subject know you are taking their photo. Sometimes you just don’t care if they know or not. If you can’t tell by the reaction on this persons face, I didn’t care when I walked up and then knelt down and took the shot. I walked up afterwards to them and showed them the photo and they both liked it. We talked for a few minutes then I moved on. I am finding as I continue going out and shooting on the street that most people are OK with their photo being taken. If they look puzzled, or say something, I just walk up to them and start the conversation up and show them the photo. I have not had anyone get mad at me yet. I am sure some day it will happen, and I’ll deal with it when it does.
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Some of my readers and friends may wonder what happened to the plain old blog titled “Rich McPeek Photography”, well the URL is still the same, www.richmcpeek.com, but I changed the title a few weeks back to represent how I feel about my photography both as a human being and an artist. .
“Life As I See It” is from this point forward what my photography is going to be about. My landscapes, macros, HDR, portraits, etc. that I have been posting the last two years are all still here and I still love shooting these subjects and will continue to do so when I feel the urge. Social documentary / street photography is what I will be shooting because I feel I have something I need to experience myself for some reason. I don’t know the reason, I just feel it. It’s not because it’s the new “Hip” thing to do or anything like that. It all boils down to something inside me that is drawing me to the streets. Maybe it’s the almost 3 years of health problems I have been going through that has me wanting or needing to interact with people.
When I am out on the streets, I feel alive again. It has been a long time since I have felt this way. Sometimes I interact with my subjects and sometimes not. When I do interact with them it’s invigorating learning something from complete strangers who, more than likely, you will never even encounter again. I will have the photograph that I made to remind me of that time spent, however brief, with them.
Do people like my street photography or my work at all? I can honestly say that I hope they do, but I do not dwell on it if they don’t. I make the photographs for me. No one is paying me for this work so I am free to shoot whatever and whoever I want. Sharing on social networks is definitely not a way to measure the quality of your work as an artist. Having hundreds, thousands, or millions of followers is not important to me. Sure lots of people click their “Likes, Favs, +1s, etc” on the different social sites, some even make comments, but truly I don’t consider that a measure of my work.
When I publish something it is because I have a statement to make and think maybe, just maybe, some people that I’m connected with out there might experience something similar to what I am feeling in regards to my photograph. They also may feel completely opposite of me, may hate it, may think it’s stupid, may love it, may be shocked, thrilled, wow’d, and so on. I felt the need to make that photograph and share it with the world hoping that it will invoke an emotional response from the viewer is why I share them.
I have so many photos that I have not shared on social sites and probably never will that I myself completely LOVE. I guess this whole post about “Life As I See It” and the entire philosophical explanation will be read by some, but most will ignore it, and that’s fine with me too. I know a few people will actually read it and maybe take something from it or think it’s complete bullshit and move on. Either way, I am doing this because of this sense inside me that is telling me I need to move in this direction.
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read this long winded post. I’ll see you out there.
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