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Edwards Way, Pittsburgh

black and white photo of street
black and white photo of street

Edwards Way, Pittsburgh

Yesterday’s view of Gomer Street was on the South Side Slopes in Pittsburgh. This is the last street on the South Side Flats and it faces the first thrust of the hill that’s called Mt. Washington, a steep and in some places nearly vertical natural high wall cliff above the Monongahela River.

Here a long and narrow street houses two- and three-story row houses off into the distance customized over the decades, looking straight into a tree-covered hill. At the top of that hill, at about roof level of these houses, is a single railroad line frequently carrying freight cars.

I liked the feel of it in black and white, a lot of contrasting detail. And the houses and the telephone pole really are leaning backward just a little bit.


Mission Street, Pittsburgh

photo of narrow street with church
photo of narrow street with church

Mission Street, Pittsburgh

The rain stopped and the sun came out. Narrow and curving, clinging to the side of a steep hill, and dominated by a church with a dome, that’s Pittsburgh.


A Retro Autumn Afternoon, 2010

retro metal chairs
retro metal chairs

Enjoy the day.

The Decade retro and vintage clothing and wares store on Pittsburgh’s South Side opens its door to the warm autumn afternoon and places two retro-colored retro metal porch chairs outside. Have a seat! Enjoy the busy street and what turned out to be the last warm, sunny day for a while.


Groovy, 2010

photo of building painted in 60s retro
photo of building painted in 60s retro

Groovy Building

A retro building is given a retro repaint from another era, but it works. I left a bit of the one next door, which is retro to yet another era, with perhaps a bit of shabby chic tossed into the look

This is Pittsburgh’s South Side where the main street is packed with building after building constructed around the turn of the last century or before. Most of the buildings still stand and some just get an update every few generations. It’s exciting to walk down the street and see one era or individual style after another; one of these days I’ll get around to a photo essay of the neighborhood.

I took this photo while sitting in traffic and didn’t get the chance for another shot to get the bottom of the building. I find the combination of colors, coral, purple and gold, really exciting, though I might have added a little turquoise or cobalt.

This, however, being Pittsburgh, it’s not complete without a little black and gold, in this case two posters for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sidelight windows.


Autumn in the City

south side pittsburgh

Autumn in the City

On a lovely sunny day in early November you can still find some color in the trees on this street in Pittsburgh’s South Side Flats, and on the cliffside of Mt. Washington above, the traceries of utility wires and details of windows and roofs as natural as the flutter of leaves.


The Domes of St. John the Baptist

orthodox domes

The Domes of St. John the Baptist

Skylines around Pittsburgh are full of domes topped with three-bar crosses bristling against the sky, but when the evening sun catches the bright gold and copper patina, especially against a bright blue sky, they could nearly stop traffic. These tight city neighborhoods with row houses mixed with small businesses, traffic, congestion don’t seem they’d naturally host the architectural splendor of a five-story church seating 1,000, but back in the day they were the center of culture.

They also still sell pretty good pyrohi and make the best kielbasa in the city.


A Retro Autumn Afternoon

retro metal chairs

Enjoy the day.

The Decade retro and vintage clothing and wares store on Pittsburgh’s South Side opens its door to the warm autumn afternoon and places two retro-colored retro metal chairs outside. Have a seat! Enjoy the busy street and what turned out to be the last warm, sunny day for a while.


Sah’Side

photo of carson street on pittsburgh's south side

Sah'Side

Here’s the other view of the South Side—a real favorite!

If you know Pittsburgh, PA, you know that “SahSide” is how we pronounce “South Side” in Pittsburghese, and also that part of town is just as colorful as the photograph!

And if you don’t know Pittsburgh, this photo seems to remind many people of other favorite cities—Amsterdam and New Orleans are usually the first guess. It’s a view of an old-style city street rejuvenated with new coats of paint and lots to offer.

While we can determine all our settings and skills, so much about photography is out of our hands at the moment we take the photograph. I walked out of a shop, saw this scene and photographed it, then went on my way. A week or so later I saw it again as I reviewed recent photos. I loved the colors, and at this angle the details of the gingerbread are clustered together and look very exciting.

But I wanted to go back and perhaps get a wider angle and try to shoot it without the truck and perhaps the car on the left so you could see more of the buildings.

I finally got to that spot again about three weeks later and it looked quite different. The original shot was in late January when there are absolutely no leaves on the trees and the sun is still at a very low angle; in this shot it was shining nearly full on the fronts of the buildings.

By the middle to end of February, the sun’s angle had risen enough that instead of shining full on the building fronts, it was casting deeper shadows from above. With more contrast, the colors just weren’t the same and the photos had quite a different look.

But aside from the colors I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of activity in this shot.

I sell this photo as a print and framed as well. I offer two sizes in my Etsy shop under Favorite Photos. I also carry other sizes, always matted with a plain white mat and black frame. Just ask!


Groovy

photo of building painted in 60s retro

Groovy Building

A retro building is given a retro repaint from another era, but it works. I left a bit of the one next door, which is retro to yet another era, with perhaps a bit of shabby chic tossed into the look

This is Pittsburgh’s South Side where the main street is packed with building after building constructed around the turn of the last century or before. Most of the buildings still stand and some just get an update every few generations. It’s exciting to walk down the street and see one era or individual style after another; one of these days I’ll get around to a photo essay of the neighborhood.

I took this photo while sitting in traffic and didn’t get the chance for another shot to get the bottom of the building. I find the combination of colors, coral, purple and gold, really exciting, though I might have added a little turquoise or cobalt.

This, however, being Pittsburgh, it’s not complete without a little black and gold, in this case two posters for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sidelight windows.