Morning Service @ Beth Shalom | Communities Project

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to photograph the morning service at Beth Shalom temple in Squirrel Hill.  As part of my "Communities" project, I would like to document as many different Pittsburgh communities as I possibly can.  That being said, I have special interest in the Jewish community.  Having grown up in the Soviet Union, religion has always been a taboo topic at home or at school.  Also, given the ever-present antisemitism, I did not find out that I were Jewish until I was 12.  I've been learning more about my heritage and culture in the recent years thanks to my kids, but having an opportunity to observe and document a religious service was a welcome experience.  Many thanks to Rabbi Adelson and the Congregation Beth Shalom community for welcoming me.

Stuart Day Guitars

A few days ago I had the privilege to photograph Stuart Day at his Allentown shop for my "Communities" project. 

Stuart Day has been working in high end lutherie for over a decade; he is formally trained in the construction, repair and period correct restoration of all stringed instruments. He's gained notoriety in north America, Japan and some parts of Europe for his hand crafted acoustic arch top and flat top steel string guitars and offers professional level repair and restoration services out of his shop in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  

Kickstarter for BoXZY Rapid-Change FabLab

A few months ago I did some product and team photography for the guys who created BoXZY - an all-in-one maker's dream machine - a mill, a laser cutter/engraver, and a 3D printer, all in one device.  Well, it turns out that their Kickstarter campaign kicked butt and they raised enough money to put this amazing machine into production.  Way to go! BoXZY Rapid-Change FabLab: Mill, Laser Engraver, 3D Printer

My grandmother

As a general rule I don't post too many personal things on my business blog - I keep a separate blog for my personal projects/photography.  However, these photos mean a great deal to me.  My grandmother is 94 years old; she survived World War II, Stalin's repressions, a decade of life near the Arctic circle, and immigration to the United States.  She is one of the most important people in my life.  Unfortunately, because my grandmother lives in Norfolk, VA, I can only visit her 3-4 times a year.  Every time I visit, when I say goodbye, it always feels like I'm saying goodbye for the last time.  Every time I visit, we have the same argument about photography - she hates being photographed and I try to document every memory.  These photographs are from my most recent visit - May 9, 2015 (which is coincidentally the day when World War II ended). Hopefully I'll have many more moments with my grandma.