Adam Christian Tripp

Adam Christian Tripp :: @trippac


Adam is not a native Yinzer, but a cheerleader for Pittsburgh. He is originally from northern New York close to the Canadian border, one of the few places more cloudy and overcast than Pittsburgh, with a lot more snow, so he is the rare bird for whom Pittsburgh is practically balmy. Adam is a psychiatrist (MD) and formerly a neuroscientist (PhD), helping people here in
southwest PA with their mental health struggles. He mainly see people in his private practice Better Stories next to Children’s hospital, and also as a shrink who does house calls seeing geriatric patients in their homes with his UPMC staff through a county program helping seniors who are homebound. In the meantime, Adam and his wife also wrangle their four children (and 2 cats and 2 dogs), three of which are in this picture. She is a physician as well, and the better artist, so it is always a bit of a carnival in their home.

In grad school, Adam got into ceramics and oil painting as a contrast to his scientific research and medical training, but as Adam and his wife had more children, and continued their medical training, his art needed to become quicker and less messy. So he transitioned over time from oils to acrylics, to spray paint and mixed media, then to oil pastels, and now photography in the last 6 years. He really enjoys portraits (mostly of his children) and street photography, there is randomness and chaos to it that he likes, he can’t totally get away from messiness.

Also creating beauty and beautiful things is an important balance to his work now as a psychiatrist, creating some light in the darkness, and to quote a line from Jack Gilbert’s A Brief for the Defense, “We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. To make injustice the only measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.”

This photograph was a bit of serendipity, Adam had been going for a run around his neighborhood here in the city and he carries his compact camera to take interesting photos along the way typically, and he was just coming home, and the kids were all looking out front window looking at the fall leaves, and it was a great picture of fall, family, and kids enjoying the leaves and the season.

“It means a lot, what started out as keeping my hands in something creative, and documenting the moments of our kids has turned into wanting to improve my craft and skill, and to be recognized for the art of the picture is so great, that beyond just me enjoying my photos, they speak to or resonate with others and bring some joy into the world.”

Adam would like to thank his wife Susannah, fellow artist and physician, for encouraging him to continue doing artistic pursuits and always providing critical and honest feedback to help improve his eye and composition.