#Yinzheaven. That was the hashtag that was trending on Twitter last Friday morning, after the photo of the sunrise over the Downtown buildings that David DiCello tweeted went viral.
David DiCello, a Pittsburgh native born and raised in the South Hills, never had plans to go into photography, but now that he has, his work has been shared far and wide across Pittsburgh, and has even been retweeted by the mayor in the past.
“I want people to see these pictures of Pittsburgh and say ‘I love my hometown. I love this city,’” DiCello said. “This picture brings out the best of Pittsburgh. It’s overwhelming that people love that photo that much.”
Sun rising over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh from South Shore (Credit: Dave DiCello)
DiCello, 30, did not enter photography to make money or to show off what he could learn by himself. “I got into photography because I love taking pictures and I love this city.”
His father was into photography, his son would often play with toy and film cameras. He was always taking pictures.
Moon on the edge of the clouds over Pittsburgh. (Credit: Dave DiCello)
When he started high school and college, DiCello stopped making so many images.
“After I graduated, it was always in the back of my mind. I never spent as much time on it as I wanted to,” says DiCello. The practice has grown for him in the past 8 years as he started taking photos again — of Downtown, family vacations, and weddings.
“I started looking at different angles of the city. I wanted to bring my vision of Pittsburgh to everyone else.”
Even after graduation, DiCello never took a photography class. Instead, he read about the art. “I’ve probably read more photography books in my life than I have textbooks,” he said.
After a while, reading turned into practice and now, he is “taking what I know and putting my own twist to it.”
Sunrise below the Ft. Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh along the Monongahela. (Credit: Dave DiCello)
DiCello notes that not all people have the time to take photos and “to see the appreciation for these pictures makes me thankful that people can enjoy it.”
David DiCello’s work can be seen on his website.