2020 Year in Review
I recently went back and reread my 2019 year in review where I started off all sappy about how January can be a lonely and quiet time for a photographer blah blah. Little did I know that lonely and quiet would be 2020's middle name.
It’s almost hard to remember first reactions to the news of the virus. So much speculation and mixed information. I recall the stages of acceptance and realizing this wasn't going to disappear and that I could literally be jobless for a year. There was something apocalyptically exciting about it though. I'm not a huge fan of routine and the mayhem got me going.
The vacuum of paid work opened up an opportunity to throw myself into personal work and focus in a way that is difficult during a normal working year. I got obsessed with capturing everything COVID-19 in and around Pittsburgh. All of my photography energy was focused on capturing the weird things happening around me, things I knew would be fascinating to look back on 20 years from now.
When the lockdown was announced I saw an opportunity to work on a more orchestrated project. I wanted to focus on something that represented both my intrigue and the times. And so came my project, Isolated Radiance. This felt like a defining project for the year and I'm glad I had the time to put effort into it. It got me a little press and a body of work I’m proud of.
Work did pick up towards the end of the summer and got busy for the last few months of the year. I felt some new energy jumping back into client work. The time off gave me space to conceptualize, experiment and learn which helped move my work forward.
It was a dynamic year that offered a lot of opportunity for growth. I hope that we all come out of this a little stronger with a more adaptable attitude moving forward.
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The Voice of UPMC Shadyside
I spent a couple hours maneuvering a poison ivy covered hill with this group of goats and their donkey leader. UPMC Shadyside hired this eco-friendly herd to remove poison ivy from the hillside next to the Luna Parking Garage.
From a January trip to Israel
Leah Lizarondo for TEQ Magazine - Pittsburgh Technology Council
Part three of an ongoing project called Pittsburgh Founders which was paused for most of 2020
H Magazine - The Heinz Endowments
Photographed for the COVID issue released in December. Some of my personal work was used for a photo essay at the front of the magazine.
Jamie Irick of PPG for HR Magazine
Far fewer assignments than normal but was able to get a few good ones in
McQueen Building Company
Pittsburgh International Airport
Reopen PA Rally
Grace Life Church Drive-in Easter Service
A writeup in The Jewish Chronicle and NEXTpittsburgh
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Pitt Medical School
Photos of the new dean of the medical school, Dr. Shekhar, for their annual report
Link Magazine - CMU School of Computer Science
Favorite Snaps from 2020 (non COVID related)
Moods from some much needed adventures in 2020. A lot of miles on the car this year.