Filed under: Pennsylvania | Tags: oakland, pittsburgh, polaroid, self portrait, softtone film, spectra
When I lived in the South Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh in the early ’90s, I rarely ventured outside my tiny world on Semple Street. I dreamed a lot about leaving the city when I graduated. But lack of funds, and fear of the unknown, kept me here; I explored my hometown, searching for a place to call home. I know Pittsburgh well – its shortcuts and cul-de-sacs – streets so familiar I don’t even remember some of the names, like feeling your way through a dark room in a house you’ve lived in your entire life. So I was excited to find this part of South Oakland on the Ley Line walk, a piece of the city that looks as if you have arrived in the country.
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