The short version is that I was born in Pittsburgh, left home for college at 18, then lived for 25 years in Los Angeles and New York, working as a writer and journalist. Now I’ve come back to Pittsburgh. I’m not sure what my life here will be like. In a sense, I’m starting over. At times, I feel like I’m on a familiar stage, but with a different cast and a new plot.
Okay: The above was written a couple years ago. Since then, much has changed in my life, and much hasn’t. As to the former: I got married, my wife and I bought a swell 1912 Craftsman home in Edgewood, and our lovely daughter was born in the summer of ’13. As to the latter: I’m still trying to find my new place in my old hometown. Still spinning out creative ideas, but haven’t yet figured out my path. And while I started this blog to have somewhere to post my photos and some thoughts about the city and my life in it, it seems clear to me now that this in’t the time for me to have a meaningful blog. I’ve never gotten many visitors here (mostly family and friends), and I don’t know much about “promoting” a blog, especially as my goals with it were always so vague. What would I be “promoting”? And an update of photos and casual thoughts every couple weeks –or months — has only lead to some pretty random posts and not much visual or philosophical coherence. So I’ve now (as Spring ’14 dawns) gone back and rearranged my photos more or less by theme and subject, and I’ll add new ones to the various headings here and there, time to time. But what I really need to do, outside the realm of this blog, is come up with a focused idea for a photo essay or book, and start getting my photos out into the world through other means. If possible. In the meantime, please take a look from time to time–or all at once–and maybe you’ll see an image you like. Let me know about that, or anything else. Thanks. –Josh, March 2014