Photographed while at a red light on Valentine’s Day 2015.
On the steps of the City County Building.
This is a bronze sculpture of former mayor (served 1977-1988), Richard S. Caliguiri.
Here’s an article he wrote about facing his diagnosis of the fatal disease amyloidosis.
“On October 19, 1990 a statue of Richard S. Caliguiri was dedicated on the steps in front of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. The sculpture was made by well-known sculptor Robert Berks. It stands 9 feet tall and is 3 feet wide.”
Tonight was the annual viewing of the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day movie. If you follow the blog, you know how much my family enjoys this holiday. (No gifts required)
I noticed in the opening credits how different the 1993 skyline looks.
The updated version will have to be another post. And I’ll need a helicopter ride to capture the same angle.
A screen shot of my computer screen shows the old skyline as it appeared before all the advertisements.
Just two years ago there was an article written by Bob Bauder about this issue- Skyline-defiling signs targeted by council chief. “Harris said the signs, including company names and logos, clutter the city skyline and detract from its aesthetic splendor.”
And author Charles Rosenblum’s blog post Under a Bad Sign- Pittsburgh Architectual Club weighs in on the issue.
Back of my neck feeling dirty and gritty.
This is a photograph without a caption other than waiting. One of my self-assignments is to experience more street photography this summer.
Taken with a 100-300mm Canon lens. The old lightweight one. Bought it used for $150 at the Camera Repair store.
Shot through the driver’s side glass when I was at a red light. I think I was spotted.
I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again. Don’t ask. Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.
Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!)
A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.
But don’t worry. The giant dancers will be in place until October.
Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoir ) is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look
The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.
Used the 70-200mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark ll.
I had to take the 5D into the Camera Repair Shop on Market Street.
One thing when I take a shot like this, I realize I’m not a persistent or aggressive or even comfortable street photographer.
I remained unnoticed and now wish I had taken more angles as I think about it in retrospect.
One certainly wouldn’t want to interrupt the intense concentration.
Got a sneak preview Thursday afternoon. Was at a meeting with the Penn State professors and preservice teachers ( I learned that student teacher is no longer the correct term!)
We were surrounded by terrific art created by Pittsburgh Public School students from all over the city!
The Pittsburgh Public Schools All City Art Show is in the Cultural Trust Gallery – 807 Liberty Avenue.
I loved the arc of shoes created by Mr.Kyle Kline’s art classes at Pittsburgh University Prep. Each one an original design. Painted on cardboard (which could not have been easy to cut out)
In the next block, I was too late to pop into the ToonSeum but captured a glimpse of the Golden Book Art Exhibit through the front window. I saw some familiar titles as I peered through the glass and look forward to seeing them in person tomorrow.
The Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 years of GoldenBook Exhibit will be up until June 30th.
The ToonSeum is located at 945 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh.
Do you have a favorite Golden Book you remember from childhood?
Mine would be Mickey Mouse Picnic and Santa’s Toy Shop (adapted from a 1932 Disney animated short)
I also loved the Tiny Golden Book series, especially The Naughty Little Guest by Dorothy Kunhardt and illustrated by Garth Williams. I had a Giant Golden Book of Christmas I liked, too, and can remember my mother reading me Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens Story by Getrude Crampton.
ToonSeum Hours of Operation
Self- Portrait in the window of the August Wilson Center.
I don’t like to take a ton of shots, hoping to get a find one of the action. I try to anticipate when the moment will be optimum to shoot.
Here is one of a skateboarder by the Game Pieces public art in Philadelphia.
The giant dominoes are part of Game Pieces-
and the cropped version
See 3000 dominoes and the domino effect on an old Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode.
Action photography post from four years ago with an airborne skateboarder at UCONN
Walking along Smallman Street, I saw this sign.
Just returned home after an unexpected evening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Friends called and asked if we would like to go with them. My dad loved this play and I thought of him a lot as I watched it.
Thornton Wilder wrote it in 1938. I’d say it is still going strong!
Directed by Ted Pappas. A really fine performance by all, headed up by Tom Atkins. Act 3 made me cry.
You’ve probably read the play or seen it, the movie or a TV version. Iconic, they say. A classic.
My parents were married in 1939. I have to ask my sister more about their affinity for it but tonight was a dress rehearsal at the O’Reilly Theater.
Opening night is tomorrow September 26th. It will run until October27th.
Everyone stood at the end of the play and gave the cast an enthusiastic, solid standing ovation. Powerful.
Had my cell to shoot this scene outside the theatre. The LION KING was happening at the Benedum and a school bus parked, waiting. A busy night for downtown Pittsburgh, our town.
Anyway, if you live in Pittsburgh, find a time to get downtown sometime in the next 30 days and experience OUR TOWN.
Penn Avenue Shot at Intermission between Acts
I was going down to the Strip to work on an ongoing photography project I started.
Seemed like a good day to go as I was in town, no school on Sunday and the weather was perfect.
As soon as I neared the Strip, I saw an incredible amount of traffic backed up and some tent tops. Parked immediately instead of trying to get closer and walked the rest of the way. Here’s what I saw
Strip District World Festival- A Community Event
I ate a delicious Baklava from Taverna 19, a new place with Greek food and dancing at night. (Right across from Primanti’s) I had already eaten lunch at home. Who knew?
Manuela the Caricaturist
Dance to the Music
Steel Dragon Kung Fu members dance the Lion Dance
This note from Chris at Steel Dragon the dance is actually a LION DANCE
I would like to mention that actually we did a lion dance today. The MC confused the name of what we were doing. Our name (as you know) is Steel Dragon (or Gong Lung in Chinese). What we did was a lion dance. The actual name of the one we did today is “Eight Immortals Carry the Mountain to Fill the Eastern Sea”, which is a story from a classic novel called the Eight Immortals Cross the Sea.
Incidentally, Dragons have many more people than lions (7-100 people vs 2 in a lion) and when you see the head, you can tell their different. If you want, you can check out the video we just posted which has clips from lion and dragons dances on it (plus I just edited so I love when people look at it :-) ) The link is on our website under videos. (see link)
Look behind you!
Alex and Ben were the Lion with Steeler Colors
Two Pound Pepperoni Roll and Mr. Sunseri
Schorin’s has everything
Mr. Bennett Price