Everything Changed, Then Changed Again by Ivette Spradlin

Issue 82

Everything Changed, Then Changed Again features portraiture of women in transition, in locations undergoing their own transformation in and around Pittsburgh. Having grown up in Miami and Atlanta, I was not accustomed to Pittsburgh's long and isolating winters. I started this project in the midst of my second winter here, wanting to connect with people and build friendships.

There were a few locations I selected, but most often the subjects choose a place that is evolving or that is significant to them. It revealed a facet of their life we could discuss and explore, and is a great way of forming bonds and creating substantial, meaningful work.

These photographs document my attempt to build a community here and familiarize myself with the diverse and complex landscape. Through capturing these wonderful women on film, my own renewal is explored.

Ivette Spradlin lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
To view more of Ivette's work, please visit her website.

 

  Antonia by the Allegheny Lock & Dam, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Antonia by the Allegheny Lock & Dam, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Tara by the Allegheny River, The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Tara by the Allegheny River, The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Gretchen on Aiken Ave., Friendship, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Gretchen on Aiken Ave., Friendship, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Ashley by the Carrie Furnace, Rankin, PA; 2011

Ashley by the Carrie Furnace, Rankin, PA; 2011

 
  Debra in her backyard, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Debra in her backyard, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Heather on North Ave., Manchester, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Heather on North Ave., Manchester, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Lea and Jones by the Allegheny River, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Lea and Jones by the Allegheny River, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Lauren on the Bates Street stairs, Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Lauren on the Bates Street stairs, Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Melissa by the Allegheny River, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Melissa by the Allegheny River, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Jenn on Negley Ave., East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Jenn on Negley Ave., East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Shaunna with child, Braddock, PA; 2011

Shaunna with child, Braddock, PA; 2011

 
  Tricia in Frick Park, Regents Square, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Tricia in Frick Park, Regents Square, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

 
  Alex by The Monongahela River, Pittsburgh, PA; 2012

Alex by The Monongahela River, Pittsburgh, PA; 2012

 
  Heidi on Jackson St., Rankin, PA; 2011

Heidi on Jackson St., Rankin, PA; 2011

 
  Renee in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Renee in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011