Christopher Rowe

Christopher Rowe @cjrowephoto

Christopher Rowe was born in Maryland and lived there until he started attending the University of Pittsburgh. After a short stop back in Baltimore, he moved to Pittsburgh full time and has called this great city home for the last 7-8 years. He works as an engineer during the day, but tries to get out to shoot as much as he can. Most of his photography is focused around nature and landscapes/cityscapes, but he’s also really drawn to street photography, as well as some more abstract stuff.

Photography has always been something Christopher was interested in. He was into art, drawing/sketching, painting, some photography, from an early age. He actually thought that he wanted to be a photographer when he was in high school, without having much experience beyond simple point and shoot cameras.He ended up taking a different path, and a few years later, he had an engineering degree from Pitt. It was probably about 7 or 8 years ago when Christopher was craving some creative outlets that he got back into photography. I bought my first DSLR and quickly realized I had a lot to learn.

Christopher’s photo was taken at Frick Park. The irony is that he was trying for weeks to find a good weekend to get out of the city and capture some of the fall colors at McConnells Mill, or possibly Ohiopyle. However, life got in the way, and he was never able to find a full free day for the trip. Feeling a little down, and thinking it was his last opportunity to get anything decent this year, he made the short walk from his apartment to Frick Park on a cold Sunday morning and was just blown away by the color of everything in the beautiful hazy morning light. He stumbled on some moss growing on the side of a rock wall and was drawn to the water droplets. He probably spent a solid half hour sitting on the ground trying to get the shot he wanted. The shot itself doesn’t have a specific meaning to him, but the day overall was a great reminder that sometimes things just fall in your favor and it’s really important to enjoy those moments when you can.

“It’s such a thrill to be selected! I had been a little stagnant with photography over the last couple of years. I started to really put a lot more effort into it over the last 8-12 months, so it’s great to see some of the time and hard work paying off!”

Christopher would like to primarily thank the internet, because he gets so much inspiration and motivation from other like minded photographers on social media. He feels that there are so many people in Pittsburgh just killing it right now, and that drives him  to push himself and constantly improve. All of these people have jobs and lives, and are still finding the time to produce beautiful artwork. It just shows you that there is always time to get out and shoot if you want it enough – no excuses! Also, Christopher would like to give a shout out to YouTube for the days worth of Lightroom tutorials he binged in the past year.