It is a common saying in Pittsburgh that those who grew up in Pittsburgh and decide to move out, eventually come back for one reason or another. Well, I am now part of that statistic. My eagerness to leave in 2005 was equally matched with my eagerness to return in 2011. There is an easiness of living in this city and a type of culture that cannot be explained. Pittsburgh has an unmatched community feel that is truly hard to find elsewhere.
While living in Baltimore and Washington, DC, I spent six years listening to criticisms of Pittsburgh from people, some of whom had never even been to the city - "gloomy, boring, small, rundown, cold", you name it. And of course, it was always followed by some negative remark about the Steelers. These comments must have shaped my expectations without realizing it, because when I returned, I was surprised by the incredible new people I have met, the new restaurants, bars and cafes I have found, and the booming art and cultural scene. What has hit me the most is the amount of people I have met, who have moved to Pittsburgh and are living here, that have told me how much they love it and have no intention of leaving.
Although this blog will be devoted to all types of projects I work on, I will always make it a point to rediscover Pittsburgh and post about the new finds in the city through my photography. I hope you enjoy the blog, the photos, and my personal journey.
I'm glad to be home.
Photo: Downtown Pittsburgh from West End Overlook