A Week in New York: Highlights

Brooklyn Museum & Exploring Park Slope

We got into the city in the early morning and spent the day exploring Park Slope and the Brooklyn Museum. The museum had some great exhibits and the building itself is beautiful. We took a nighttime walk through Prospect Park.

 

Natural History Museum & The Met

We traveled into Manhattan to see the Natural History Museum and the Met. I walked just under 14 miles. My knees exploded somewhere around mile 7. We got Eric his first slice of NYC pizza and then got the best cupcakes I have ever had in my life.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free on Saturday mornings and it was absolutely beautiful. It’s massive and not crowded in the early morning. We also tackled the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Coney Island & Brighton Beach

We hit Coney Island in the early morning and we loved it. We played too much ski-ball and won a key chain and Eric’s weight in candy. We also did the Wonder Wheel, which is the tallest ferris wheel in the world, and TERRIFYING. We spent the afternoon running around on Brighton Beach. It’s stunning.

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Top of the Rock & Late Night w/ Seth Meyers

On our last day in New York, we planned to take a few pictures in Rockefeller Center and then take a walk through central park. Eric ended up surprising me with tickets to Top of the Rock which was stunning. (hi thanks eric). While walking through the NBC store (gotta get that Law and Order: SVU merch), an intern offered us free tickets to Seth Meyers’ Late Show monologue rehearsal! We weren’t allowed to take pictures (thanks NBC) but we got to hang out in the Late Show studio and watch the show come together, it was so cool (no seriously, thanks NBC.)

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We did so much in between all of these photos too. We walked over 100,000 steps while in the city and ate like… 12 too many cupcakes. This trip to New York was exhausting, but so worth it.

Pittsburgh Kid Stickers!

Hi Internet!

Are you a born and bred Pittsburgh baby? A transplant who loves too many bridges and french fries on sandwiches? Then BOY do I have a sticker for YOU!

Bad infomercial over. I make a lot of my own stickers and t-shirts and figured I'd start sharing them with yinz. Made this guy a few weeks ago as an alternative to a sports team logo (go Steelers) to stick on my laptop. Check out my new PGH KID sticker and maybe cop one or two (or twelve)! 

Thanks friends <3

What Now? | A Post-Grad Recap

On April 14th, 2017, a year's worth of my research, planning, crying, and photographing was showcased in Point Park University’s Senior Thesis exhibition. The project, Rust: Documenting the Steel Valley was shot over the course of a year and edited down from almost 300 photos to about 36. The work took about 10 hours to hang and I was in the gallery until 2 am. Seeing it as a finished body of work on a wall was a trip, as I’d spent almost a year agonizing over this project. The show was phenomenal. I had friends and family come to see my work hung next to my many talented peers (hi, nerds.) My heart was very very full this night.

My finished project, Rust.

The exhibition, titled f(x) was held at the Mine Factory.

On April 29th, I walked across a stage, accepted a very expensive piece of paper, and dove headfirst into post-grad existence!

On April 30th, I panicked. I needed a job and a place to live. I tried to stretch the post-grad dream of eating ice cream for dinner and only wearing pjs on for about a week.

Since then, I’ve been making it work. I’ve been doing freelance graphic design and photography and working in a local art gallery. I’ve applied to, at my last count, 97 photography and design jobs since May. I’ve had 4 interviews! No one hired me! Which is okay, because I’m making it work.

I had my own solo exhibition at the Space Upstairs and have had a few projects accepted into local art shows.

My solo exhibition on some very tall walls.

Nice hat, nerd.

Nice hat, nerd.

Post-Grad existence is hard and also really, really fun. I haven’t picked up my camera for personal work since April. I worked 50 hours in one week and forgot to buy groceries on my only night off because I was too tired. I got a car (that I’ve only locked my keys in once!). I found a place to live with a dear friend in a great part of town and watched an entire paycheck disappear into a rent payment. I’m surrounded by very supportive friends and family. I get to make my own schedule, though some weeks are a lot lighter on work than others. See? Hard and fun! 

I’m not sure what’s next but I’m excited for the next adventure (please hire me).