Keira – Sheer Focus

  Keira – Sheer Focus Keira Grant is a tiny person. In the best way. And in the week leading up to her visit to Chicago last August, I was still in my temporary in-between home before my move to Los Angeles, and the place was Box City. Still piled high with moving boxes. Everywhere. Including …

Daily Photo: Block Party Movie Night

  “You should come to our block party,” suggested my good friend Bob, who I now live two blocks away from in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Yes, I’ve moved out of the West Loop and into an actual proper tree-lined neighborhood. Why, is a story for another time. Suffice it to say I’m still …

Photo Daily: Morgan Station Light

  Over the past few decades I’ve gotten very good at studying sunlight. Where it is in the sky and how it changes with the seasons. In the 90s, I used to set up a webcam in my studio the day before a shoot to track the light and be able to playback exactly where …

Photo Daily: We’ll Always Call It The Sears Tower

  We Chicagoans are funny about names. It honestly doesn’t matter what the official name of something is. It’s our damn city and we really don’t care how many millions of dollars you paid for the naming rights. I’m looking at you, Willis Tower. We tried that for a while, but we’ve decided to go …

Photo Daily: Library Stop

  It’s funny how you can live in a city your whole life and then a series of events puts you on a different train than usual, and you see another side of something very familiar, in a new way. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Brown Line these days on Chicago’s …

Photo Daily: West Loop Fireworks

  I don’t often see too many b&w photographs of fireworks, but there is something quite wonderful about the contrast against the sky in the absence of color. I made this photograph from the roof of my studio the summer I moved in, ten years ago. It was a great vantage point because there were …

Photo Daily: Here Comes the Sun

  I think I’ll end my recent flurry of Chicago clouds and sky pictures with this one. You can almost picture a The End title over this photograph. It’s the kind of image that’s nothing but hopeful. Nothing but good on the horizon. All of the cloud and sky photos I’ve been posting and writing …

Photo Daily: Flying Blue Skies

  So often when I fly in or out of Chicago, especially when it’s having one of its long overcast stretches, it’s easy to forget there is blue sky up there. Somewhere. It’s always there. Sometimes we just can’t see it. Kinda like life really, when you think about it. But as the plane climbs …

Photo Daily: In Through the Void

  Another beautiful sky in Chicago’s summer of storms. I’m not usually a cloud photographer, but when you look up and see something like this, you make the necessary artistic adjustment. A few minutes before I made this photograph, dime sized hail was battering the studio windows. I had opened one, enough to shoot through, but …

Photo Daily: Chicago River at Kinzie Street Bridge

  All of the world’s greatest cities seem to have a river running through them. In Chicago’s case, that also means a lot of bridges. The most moveable bridges of any city in the world. Some of course, are frozen in their either raised or lowered position as the reason for their existence ceased to …