This series is a collection of portraits taken of neighbors living on, or near, my childhood street, Milton Street. These photos are intended to celebrate the quiet and constant presence that neighbors have had in my own and each other’s lives. I hope that through these photographs the audience will learn a bit about each subject’s uniqueness as well as the community created by their convergence.
This project is a photographic exploration of Swissvale Borough and its surrounding regions. While working, I tried to keep in mind Henri Cartier-Bresson’s emphasis on the decisive moment by looking for instances when composition and lighting matched the mood of the scene. I also drew inspiration for Paul Strand’s quiet compositions from his “New York Backyards” series. I was surprised to find that I felt closer to Swissvale after photographing it; I had discovered a new gentleness to the area I had not felt previously.