Hernan Brizuela

Hernan Brizuela :: @photobudpgh


Hernan was born in Cordoba, Veracruz Mexico and grew up in Easton PA. He has lived in Pittsburgh since 1994 where he attended the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he married Linda Brizuela (née Heise) and began working as an IT professional at the University’s computer help desk. He currently work for the Department of Chemistry doing computer support.  Outside of work, Hernan is an active musician, playing the blues harmonica and saxophone with two local Pittsburgh bands. His exploration into the world of photography began this year, where he has taken a keen interest in street, nature, and architectural photography.

Hernan’s father has been interested in photography since he can remember. His father used to moonlight as a wedding photographer and would develop his own pictures in his darkroom. Music has been Hernan’s main creative interest since childhood, so the interest in photography came late for him. His interest started this year with a trip to Mexico over Christmas and New Year visiting his father and nearby family. His father gave him his old Nikon D70 digital SLR that he wasn’t using anymore and Hernan soon began learning and practicing. Hernan is also lucky to have two brothers who are also into photography. All three have been a source of encouragement, giving valuable guidance along the way.

This picture was taken during the Captured::Pittsburgh and Preservation Pittsburgh’s joint photowalk in September. The photograph is the South Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilkinsburg, PA – a historic church, beautiful both inside and out. The weather was just fantastic that day with clear skies and the early morning sun providing some warm highlights and deep shadows.

“It is quite an honor to have one of my photos chosen for the November gallery. Participating in the Captured::Pittsburgh photo tour of Wilkinsburg Churches was the first chance I’ve had to meet others from the Pittsburgh photography community. It was a wonderful opportunity to make new acquaintances, learn from other talented artists, and explore the history and architecture of this nearby neighborhood. Many thanks for organizing this event and the gallery feature.”

Rarely does one grow without the support, experience, and guidance of others. Hernan can’t thank his wife and family enough for the constant support and encouragement. He feel very lucky to be in a city with so many talented and generous artists and fellow travelers.