Allen C. Benson, Writer, Photographer, Librarian




Pittsburgh Staccato

Many parallels can be drawn between music and photography. There are similarities between musical counterpoint and the relationships between elements in pictures; there are similarities between instrumentation and the defining characteristics of cameras.

I began my work with pinhole photography while studying traditional black & white photography under Dylan Vitone at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. I experimented with camera focal lengths, film planes, angles of view, and the pinhole diameters--aspects of photography that are as pervasive and variable as tonality and timbre in music.

Like a musician who composes a motif then shapes it into a phrase and finally a movement, I began with the architecture of Pittsburgh, exploring various interpretations, creating associations between light, shadow, proximity, and point of view. Over the next two years I developed a composite of related images, all made from subjects found in and around Pittsburgh. These pictures evolved into the series Pittsburgh Staccato.

--Allen C. Benson 

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