This, one of the premier accounts in Pittsburgh, is run by a guy named Jay who – believe it or not – lives in The Strip District (near Hot Franks, if you care to stake him out). I have talked at length to lots of photographers throughout this process about how certain accounts can be associated with certain parts of town, and I feel like I’d be all over the Strip District title… but that aspiration is dead now because of the fact that stripdistrict412 is arguably the best account in Pittsburgh and is asked to do work as a photographer for things like weddings or for places like Marty’s Market. So it goes (#slaughterhouse5). But that’s cool. Of the people I’ve interviewed, I think Jay (32 – Westinghouse) was probably a guy I related with the most and definitely someone I’d crush a few beers with if the opportunity presented itself, so I don’t mind ceding this turf to him. And for good reason; he’s been into photography for a super long time and with the introduction of the iPhone he has transcended just finding good things to take pictures of and become, first and foremost, a master editor. <<< three links from different parts of the conversation in one sentence = yinzster is officially a pro interview summarizer. And, like I said, he’s just a great account. Go ahead and check it out, I promise. I’ll wait.
See what I mean? Now, I’m not sure how or when I discovered Jay’s account, but it was early. According to Jay (sources pending) his pictures were featured consistently more than anyone else’s while I was running my Picsburgh series, something that will be returning for June in one variety or another now that I’m finishing up with this series. Of his themes, one of my favorite things has always been the interspersing of “The Girl with The Hat“, which are pictures of his lovely girlfriend (elsmith10) wearing a knit hat and staring at different, recognizable features of the city. Jay’s edits, as always, make the photo crisper and more interesting than I can make it sound in text so be sure to find one or two of these in his feed, because they’re cool. And his edits got so good, quite frankly, because he really cares – as you can tell from this audio clip, which also does a good job at bringing this project towards its close since it talks about some of the other more advanced accounts the city has to offer and reveals each of our levels of respect for (some of) the best – kinda the express intent of this work. Thanks for the time, Jay. See you around the block.