Over 30 years ago, I left the city where I was born and raised, certain that I’d never live there again. Now, however, circumstances have changed. Having aged parents with failing health, I feel the need to be near.
During my time away, I traveled extensively and resided overseas for more than 10 years, feeling I could go almost anywhere and quickly be at ease. In sharp contrast, returning to live in this place I once called home, I often felt disconnected from the people and places I encountered, like a stranger in a strange land.
When confronted with new and strange environments, I’ve often found that photographing not only connects me with my surroundings, but also clarifies my thoughts and feelings. Cautiously hoping that this would once again be the case, I began to explore my familiar yet unfamiliar new home, camera in hand.
Having no preconceived idea of how or what I’d photograph, I worked slowly and deliberately. I was drawn to small, unspectacular, everyday moments; simple moments that were rich in nuance, gesture and detail.
Special Thanks to the people and city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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