For going on nearly 18 months, local photographer Matte Braidic of the South Side has snapped and curated roughly 20,000 pictures of his fellow Pittsburghers for his ongoing project called "FaceBurgh" -- an intersection of social media, photography, and a kind of love-letter to the people of his hometown (I wrote about FaceBurgh and Braidic back in May).
Typically he perches himself on street corners Downtown, in Oakland and the South Side to capture images of "normal people, doing normal people things" like coming and going in their daily commutes. Pittsburghers in the wilds of their natural habitat, if you will. So, it was inevitable that Braidic would eventually make his way over to Heinz Field for a Steelers game, and on Sunday, he finally did.
Shots of Steelers fans have been a staple of this blog for years, but I roam the parking lots for a few hours pregame, looking for interesting characters, and ask them to pose. In contrast, Braidic simply posts up in one spot and snaps his shutter at whomever passes through his viewfinder (plus, his pictures are better).
Braidic took 355 pictures of Steelers fans Sunday, with a few Jets' interlopers scattered about. Some people notice him, some don't.
Below is a small sample of his work (as is the picture at the top of this page).
View the full album here -- you might even find a shot of yourself in there.