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Just got back from a walk around the South Side and realized that half of the photos I snapped had to do with ‘No Parking’. And while ‘No Parking’ is a hassle for Pittsburgh suburbanites flooding the South Side on the weekends, it’s a way of life for us residents. We deal. Continue reading
The Silver Eye Center for Photography has opened submissions for it’s annual fellowship competition.
“As we enter our 11th Fellowship year, the competition is now open to all
international photographers, not just Silver Eye members, and we are now
awarding two Fellowships.”
• A $3,500 award and is open to all eligible photographers.
• A $1,500 is open only to Pennsylvania residents (who may apply in both
Both winning artists’ work will be exhibited at Silver Eye in shows
opening in late November 2010.
Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before Friday, August 27,
2010 at 6 p.m. EST and be complete upon submission.
Please mail or deliver to:
Fellowship 2010 Competition
Silver Eye Center for Photography
1015 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 USA
More information and an official entry form are available at:
http://www.silvereye.org/exhibitions_opportunities.htm Continue reading
First off, we apologize for this being March already and only our first interview of 2010. But, we think made up for it with this one. I was pretty excited to get the chance to get to know Michael Paul Smith a little better, as you will too after reading the interview.
Notice anything about the pictures above? Any similarities? Yes, they both have cars. Yes, they both depict classic mid-century scenes of America. It’s daytime…come on. Give up? Look a little closer…yes…they are not real scenes…well, they are…but in miniature. That’s right! Mr. Smith is a model builder / photograper. Each of the photos above, as well as below, are all hand built models. Everything but the cars (which are die cast collectibles) and the scenery in the extreme background is built from scratch.
When I stumbled across Mr. Smith’s work last month I was not only taken aback by the fact these were not real street scenes, but ecstatic when I found found out he is a Pittsburgh native. He currently resides in Massachusetts, but as stated on his Flickr profile, Pittsburgh is his spiritual and geographical center. His fictional town of Elgin is based on his hometown of Sewickely, PA and looks like a page right out of Pittsburgh’s history book. Read on to find out more as well as see more of Mr. Smith’s amazing work.