CP photo: Lisa Cunningham
Over 2,000 amateur photographers and videographers packed Heinz Hall on Wednesday in Downtown Pittsburgh for two hours of zooming in on their cell phones and holding their arms high above their heads to capture dazzling, blurry memories.
While many chose to give their arms a break every now and then, an impressive number of photographers in the audience kept their arms held in front of their faces for the majority of the evening, aggressively swaying back and forth to get the perfect angle between the heads in the seats in front of them.
"Man with the big black hat," who caused the woman seated right behind him much frustration at the beginning of the evening because she was too short to see over his choice of headware, grew taller as the night went on, his camera arm raising higher and higher until suddenly — emboldened that there were no ushers shining flashlights in his face like previous shows he attended at the Benedum Center, put both
hands on his phone and lifted them as high as his arms could stretch.
The look on his face was pure determination. Photography to him, so obviously his mission in life, his true love, his favorite sport.
Some shot blindly, never even looking at the screens as they held their phones in the air. Others edited as they worked, furiously checking each image as they shot, choosing which one to delete, and which to retake. And retake. And retake.
"Woman in the concert shirt from three years ago" took a more unique approach than most of the other videographers in the room, going vertical in her recording, capturing both the stage and
the ceiling in her videos, surely destined to get at least a bunch of likes from her coworkers and relatives when she posts them later to her social media sites.
The evening of photography was accompanied with live music by a former Beatle.