Composition in Scraps – Primary

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“Composition in Scraps – Primary” – Bricks from my garden… River stones from the alley… Dandelions and Buttercups… Blue Flag Iris… Bamboo… Red Twig Dogwood… Apple…

A collaboration of a few of the things I find beautiful… Mere scraps to most… But to me… To me these things all posses as much individual beauty as they do as one composition… They were collected for a reason… They were collected to define a season… They were collected to define me…

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Composition in Scraps – Composing Me

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“Composition in Scraps” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – As the name implies… Scraps from a day at work… It was either this or the garbage can… Almost a self-portrait in a way…

Put me in a group of people… And I crumble…
I stutter… Shake… And ultimately stumble…
Nature is my saving grace… My constant drive…
Put me in the forest and watch me come alive…

Know where I’m going… I’m just not sure how to start…
Looking for my salvation in the form of natural art…
Stop for a moment below a twisted mulberry tree…
Every part of which can heal… From root to canopy…

Shattered glass outlines brick like shiny gemstones…
Naked trees against the sky resemble broken bones…
Moments in time always shape our inner perception…
Shadows in our lives lead to shadows in our reception…

Towering grey clouds rise from the distant horizon…
Thunder rumbles as the afternoon humidity rises…
Towering Maple trees sway as the steady breeze blows…
As this moment progresses my tattered spirit grows…

Right here… Right now… I am among the poorest…
The most I have to offer is some pictures of the forest…
Sitting here watching the sun rise over rotten homes…
Sitting here watching the sunrise… While my soul roams…

I never know where my mind will take me… I never know what I will find… But as long as I slow down and pay attention to the world around me… I always find something beautiful… I always find something grand…

Someday… I will find you…

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Frick Park to Front Yard

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Grand

"Man Made Militia" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA - Installation - Sculpture of stone -

“Man Made Militia” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Installation – Stone Cairns
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I don’t have access to the scenic vistas or beautiful landscapes that are commonly thought of as “grand”… So I have to make them… Believe it or not… This installation is on the banks of a sewer… Your surroundings are what you make of them… And in my case… I want to make them grand…

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The First Rays of Sunlight

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“Sun Ray” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

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I took a walk to Frick Park as the sun was rising… On my journey I spent a few moments watching the sun rise over an old church that was covered in pigeons… I found myself questioning whether God would consider the exorbitant amount of money spent on our places of worship money well spent… Probably not…

When I arrived to my destination the sun had yet to break the trees… As always… I sat for a while and scanned the area for stones… Having been to this spot before… I actually knew exactly where the sun would rise… I carefully chose my starter rock to be situated in front of the sun… Watching the beams of sunlight fall from the sky as the sun rose… Finally landing in all the right spots…

This photo is the result…

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Ninety Degree Day in May

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“Throat of an Iris” – © chriscondello 2013 – Whitney Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA – An iris large enough for me to stick a camera inside… Enough said…

I will have prints available soon… I promise… I have never been asked for prints of my work… I am not afraid to admit that I have no idea what I am doing as far as that is concerned… Please hang in there… And any suggestions would be welcomed… I am thinking of opening an etsy site… But like I said… This shit is new to me…

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“Almost Fake” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – This stack is taller than me at around 6’… A woman on the trail told me it looked fake… Then she corrected herself… Almost fake…

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“Forget-Me-Not” – © chriscondello 2013 – Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – Growing in the ruins of an old garage… Roofless… And only two walls remaining… Forget-Me-Nots growing through the concrete floor say it all…

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“Bench View” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone” – As I spend more time in Frick Park… I’m getting a little less shy… This stack was placed across from a bench on the banks of Nine Mile Run… A few people stopped and watched… But I didn’t freak out… In fact… I was able to completely zone them out…

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“Neighborhood Shining” – © chriscondello 2013 – Pink Columbine – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – A photo from my front yard… Taken with a cup of coffee… Faces east in the morning… And west in the evening…

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“Still Life” – © chriscondello 2013 – Sculpture of Stone – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Over 6′ tall and withstood the curiosity of a big ass wet dog… I almost had a heart attack though…

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“Framed” – © chriscondello 2013 – Golden Alexander – Zizia aurea – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – This was originally only intended to be included in my personal library of wildflower photographs… I noticed the framing effect of the trees on my camera screen… Readjusted… And came up with this shot…

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Stone Sculptures in Frick Park

"Man Made Militia" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA - Installation - Sculpture of stone -

“Man Made Militia” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – I guess you could consider this an installation… Placed on the bank of Nine Mile Run… This spot just felt right… So I sat and played… They are roughly 4′ tall…

 

"Friends" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA - Installation of Stacked Stones

“Friends” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – These stones were carved out of the cliffs that flank the creek… Transported here in a destructive flood… Only to be organized into what I believe is art… Temporary… But art…

"Group Shot" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Group Shot” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – During creation… I found myself questioning if what I was doing was illegal… I wasn’t removing anything… And I wasn’t vandalizing… Just organizing…

"Pawn" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Pawns” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – As I was playing in the stones… I met a few people… One of them had a curious dog that got a little too close to one of the sculptures… And knocked it over… The woman was extremely apologetic… I found this odd…

"Double Take" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Double Take” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – These stones were placed here by the destructive forces of a flood… That is also how they will be destroyed… To me… That is part of the beauty… Dogs share the park with humans… To witness a tower be destroyed by a tiny dog… Well that is also beautiful… Curiosity killed the stack…

"Pot Belly" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Pot Belly” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – Part of the beauty to me is the fact that the forces that gave me my canvas and medium… Will also erase them… The dog… Was simply an extension of those forces… That is fucking beautiful to me… Seriously…

"Leaner" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Leaner” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – I always thought of art as having to be something that lasted a long time… These sculptures… They might not even be here tomorrow… But that is beautiful to me… Claimed by nature… The very thing I draw inspiration from… Fucking beautiful… I don’t know what else to say…

"Stack" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Patiently Waiting” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – Although I gather the stones from all around me… The base stone is always left as is… I do not move it… I do not alter it… I just figure… That is where my stack was intended to go…

"Behind" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“Behind” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – If you have any interest in seeing this installation… Follow the trail next to Nine Mile Run down towards the bottom… It is on the stream bank…

"Backlight" - © chriscondello 2013 - Frick Park - Pittsburgh, PA

“In The Shadow” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sculpture of Stone – This was the first “sculpture” photo I took in the morning… So I figured I would close with it… Hope you enjoyed my little journey…

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Art After A Storm

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One Week In May

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“Swimmers” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wilkinsburg, PA – Dyed puddle, bleeding hearts and reflection – I have shot bleeding hearts from every angle imaginable… This has been my favorite angle so far…

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“Spring Fireworks” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Sun yellow flower shining in the sunlight…

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“Cornflower” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wilkinsburg, PA – I was trying to take an out-of-focus photograph of Jeanette Street… But this damn in-focus flower kept getting in the way… Had to settle…

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“Forget Me” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wilkinsburg, PA – Private Garden – Underneath a pine tree… Between two flagstones… Grows a tiny little alpine forget-me-not… Waiting for me to weed around it… I had to clean up before her close-up…

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“Garlic Watcher” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wilkinsburg, PA – Sculpture of stone – How do you see a pile of rocks?.. It just depends how you stack them…

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“Red Trillium” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Trillium erectum – These plants stink like rotting meat because they are pollinated by flies…

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“White – Red Trillium” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Trillium erectum var. Alba – Same flower as above but with a different morphology…

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“Stretched” – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – I saw this log laying on the ground broken… So I stood it up… I attempted to add a stone head… But the structure was very rotten…

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“Paper White Photo Bomb” – Wilkinsburg, PA – Campbell Street – I shot this photo in a sketchy neighborhood… I was kind of in a hurry to avoid coming into direct contact with a group of teens… After the photo… I quickly moved to the other side of the street… Then… The scary group waved at me… And I realized I knew half of them… Personally…

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“Askew” – © chriscondello 2013 – Wilkinsburg, PA – I was trying to take photos of dandelions… But my eyes kept getting drawn down the path… I couldn’t immediately figure out why… So I sat… And observed… Then I squinted… And I realized what I was seeing… This photo is as close as I could get…

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