The Way I See It

Carnegie, PA: I ♥ You!

I recently had an opportunity to visit my daughter and son-in-law in Pittsburgh.


Perhaps I should be more honest about the real reason I went to Pittsburgh.  I went there to see my new baby granddaughter! (Sorry, Emily and Michael!) She is also the reason I have taken a small “vacation” from blogging and posting things on my FB artist page.  I just had to hold that sweet little girl in my arms for as long as possible every single day!

Anyway, I arrived at the PIT airport close to dinnertime. And because it was on our way home, we decided to stop in Carnegie (a Pittsburgh neighborhood) to eat at Papa J’s Ristorante, a favorite place of ours for some yummy Italian food. (Just thinking about their fried zucchini strips with marinara and lemon has me salivating into my keyboard).

We had a little time to spare before dinner, so we strolled around the neighboring area.  I am really glad I had my camera with me ( I always have a camera with me) because Carnegie is a treasure trove of uber cool grit and grunge just waiting to be photographed.

I am a sucker for any sort of urban scene; the more grunge, graffiti, grit and grime the better!  I fell in love with that sort of thing while living in Center City Philadelphia. Anything crumbling, decrepit, cracked, peeling or rusty leaves me weak in the knees. And let me just say this for the record, downtown Carnegie, PA has all that in spades! Here is just a small sampling of close to 50 photographs I managed to snap in about 15 minutes of wandering around the streets of Carnegie.  I must go back soon. In fact,  my next trip is already booked.

FYI: If you want see what I am up to on a regular basis check out my photos on Instagram.

Wooden Panel; Carnegie PA by Janet TowbinWooden Door Panel, Carnegie; 2014; Digital Photography

307 Carnegie by Janet Towbin307 Carnegie (Yin and Yang); 2014; Digital Photography

Bricks and Dots, Carnegie by Janet TowbinBricks and Dots, Carnegie; 2014; Digital Photography

Carnegie White Wall by Janet TowbinWhite Wall, Carnegie; 2014; Digital Photography

Peeling White Door, Carnegie by Janet TowbinPeeling White, Carnegie; 2014; Digital Photography

Mail Pouch Tobacco Brick Wall, Carnegie by Janet TowbinMail Pouch Tobacco Sign, Carnegie; 2014; Digital Photography


  1. Deborah Leu
    August 1, 2014 - Reply

    Love all these textural shots. The first one – plywood? – looks like a forest to me.

    • August 1, 2014

      Thank you for your visit and lovely comment about these photos. I thought about a landscape when I saw it.

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