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Joe Bender

Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Hello there!

My name is Joseph, and I’m really glad you decided to stop by my profile. I am a 23 year old graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I received my Bachelors in Information Science last spring, and am currently pursuing my Masters in the same field. I was born and raised in this city, and will shamelessly defend it’s unique “character” to the grave.

I’m passionate about a lot of things, and love to share with people who are interested in the same! I’ve been an avid photographer since I got a DSLR for my birthday in high school. I’m a very visual learner, and to me photography is such a powerful tool to share ideas and emotion. I’m a Nikon guy, and I’d argue a D90 can be as loyal as a dog. I enjoy shooting concerts, nature, architecture, people, food, the night sky, cityscapes, and sunsets. You can check out my photography website here! Forever in pursuit of the perfect configuration of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed…

My family has owned a Bed & Breakfast in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland called the Carmel Cove Inn for 22 years. My mom taught me everything I know about gourmet food…well breakfast that is. Mary Bender is a perfectionist, and working for her I learned the value of holding yourself to a high standard in a kitchen. Quality of food is directly proportional to the care put into the preparation. After working in a kitchen, I fell in love with cuisine. Despite being an ill-equipped college student, I do all I can to explore the culinary world. A night out, in a dimly lit booth, at the new Pittsburgh restaurant is paradise to me. Although, I’d just as happily take my time to craft a beast of a dinner at home.

I spend more time then I would like to admit discovering, downloading, and enjoying music. I’ve attended every annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee since I was 15 years old. I believe the occasional live performance is necessary to a balanced diet. Sometimes I find a track I’m just itching to tell people about, so you will probably find it here.

I was raised in the city, but having a getaway in Maryland made me fall in love with the outdoors at a young age. In the winter, snowboarding is practically stress relief. In the summer, mountain biking is my adrenaline fix. Being on a lake, I learned quickly that fishing is one of the most complicated but rewarding hobbies someone can have. As long as it’s a nice day I’ll be biking, kayaking, longboarding, hackysacking, disc golfing, geochaching, stargazing, or just going for a hike.

For almost a decade I have played the eclectic sport of Ultimate Frisbee. After captaining my high school team, I played five years on the University of Pittsburgh Ultimate Frisbee team. I won two national championships, and made some of the best friends a young man could ask for. Playing a competitive sport for so long I learned the discipline and leadership skills to be an effective teammate.

Honestly, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the material in my photography portfolio, and don’t be afraid to reach out and start a conversation or ask a question. Always remember, you learn most when you bend the rules a little.

-Joey B


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