Final Project

For my final project, I want to create a series examining “Old Pittsburgh vs. New Pittsburgh”. I live in Pittsburgh’s East End (Lawrenceville, specifically), and in the few years I’ve lived there, the gentrification that I have observed is stunning. I want to create a series of photos that explores that idea. I want to create a series of 8 images from 4 neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will have two photographs, one of something very old and one of something very new. For example, in East Liberty, a photograph of the old cathedral will be paired with a photo featuring the new apartment buildings. I am fascinated by the intricacies of the evolving city, and change through time. I love looking at vintage photographs of areas with which I am familiar and being stunned by how differently they looked even 50 years ago. I think that Pittsburgh is in a crucial time of redevelopment, which is wonderful in some ways, but can be very damaging in others. Since I experience this change most in the East End where I live, I wanted to focus on those neighborhoods. I was thinking of doing Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Oakland and Downtown. Each photograph will be accompanied by a brief description of what the thing is and how long it has been there. In this way, the viewer will be able to see the changing face of Pittsburgh’s East End, and therefore, a piece of my personal existence as well. The photographs will be framed so as to best emphasize the lighting and dramatic architecture for which Pittsburgh is so well known. I am planning to try and keep the photographs as uncluttered as possible without people or street level distractions as much as possible to keep the narrative clear.

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