It’s happening all over the city. Across the state, throughout the country. I hear CMU freshman arrived on Monday and Tuesday it was the University of Pittsburgh (no one except out-of-towners call it University of Pittsburgh ) PITT is it! It’s the annual start of school. Freshmen arrive on campus and families assist, haul the stuff, then embrace and say,” good-bye!” You see them in the linens aisle at Target, waiting for a bus, walking down city sidewalks in a large group.
I pulled over to the curb and put the flashers on along with a line of cars with car-top carriers and U-Haul trucks and trailers. Got out and documented the occasion. Met a few nice and enthusiastic people on my way home from school. Mr. Vincent told of a little brother hugging his older sister and didn’t want to let go. You get teared up witnessing the partings. The unbelievable traffic and students arriving will be on television news, the wild moving-in scene. More than 7500 freshman I was told. That’s a lot of people! T-shirt sales were brisk on the corner. A beautiful day filled with mixed emotions. I dedicate this post to my dear friend G and her daughter S who’s a brand new freshman in another state!!! Laura told me today that she started college TEN years ago. I remember taking her like it was yesterday. And S.G. who used to babysit Mark and Matthew is taking two of her own kids back to school, dragging a futon and laundry baskets and who knows what. I love the carting off of the broken down boxes photo. And Michael starts his first day of KINDERGARTEN Wednesday morning, Anna the second grade. I am sure many of these parents were thinking about those milestones as they brought their children to college!
Alex and her mom, Dalia, from Philadelphia area (Newtown Square) graciously allowed me to document the moving process.
Mr. Mike Vincent, Pitt Class of 1977 (Criminal Justice) is now the guard of the Cathedral of Learning.
Cathedral of Learning
Light hits an object,
Capture as best I can.
How it changes, brings life
A beautiful day. And though inside from 7:30-4:00 I was able to catch the unfurled flag from the second floor window AND the flag shadow on the asphalt during lunch. Right through the glass.
The Cathedral of Learning in the distance, the light fluctuating as clouds rolled across the sky. Had to tilt the camera to get both the flag and the shadow- the angle a technique I don’t use often.
In the daytime look out the windows.
Branches bend, papers blow across the yard.
Ripples or waves on water.
A pile of leaves caught up in a whirl.
You can tell it’s windy.
At night, listen.
A train along the river whistles.
Calm, a burst, a roar.
Earlier in my car on the bridge.
Wait for the light.
Feel it. Vibrate.
Bounce bounce bounce
right up through the tires.
It’s dark in the morning on the way to school and you know how I like to shoot at red lights. Saw the Cathedral peeking through the driveway as I looked to the left out the driver’s window. Then when I got to school in Arlington the sun was coming up and I could see the Cathedral in the distance. The school buses lined up, waiting to let the children get off to go inside for breakfast.
From the Archives Oct 2008. Pre-blog era. Artist Lucette de Rugy created Artlumiere. See how she transforms the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning into a a shining tower of lights and patterns. It was stunning. Always practicing night photography. Capturing available light.
A little experiment. First slideshow inserted into a post. Eight slides of Forbes Field wall and homeplate. The huge print with Bill Mazeroski’s signature in the middle of the George Silk photo of fans cheering from atop the Cathedral of Learning. Last day of the Oakland tour. What I was photographing before I found the multiple Cathedral Learning Reflections in the Katz School of Business glass.
of Learning. The multiple reflection in the windows of the Katz School of Business at Pitt. A self-portrait. Just dropped off disc for the WesternPAWritingProject Poe*Art event from last Saturday.
Thursday night. Just finished shooting a poet for her chapbook photo at Frick Fine Arts. Started to rain. Stabilize camera on a sycamore tree. Experiment with wet pavement/light reflections. Cable remote so no camera shake. Cathedral of Learning behind. Enter stage left- Woman in a raspberry sherbet coat, a huge black umbrella strolls into line of vision.
Driving down Josepehine Street after school I had to pull over, take this picture. The light on the Cathedral was reflected just before the sun set.