Dolby Theatre – Academy Awards 2017

  Dolby Theatre – Academy Awards~ There are plenty of good things about being born and raised in and around Chicago. Flights to anywhere else in the country are more inexpensive because you’re at least already half-way there. There’s a personal strength that comes from outgrowing an inborn inferiority complex from living far away from …

He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke

  He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke~ Life is probably best when you go from, “Oh. We’ve made a horrible mistake,” to, “Whoa. This is amaaaaazing!”, in a matter of a few minutes. I was out celebrating the birthday of a great friend of mine. Her newish boyfriend had spent all day on Yelp, …

Photo Daily: Chicago River Sun and Ice

  The sun helps. When Chicago is in the grip of temperatures that hurt your face, just seeing the sun, whether it’s actually warming you or not, definitely helps. During that time, the Chicago River goes through various states of being completely frozen over, or sometimes looking like an icy jigsaw puzzle. It almost looks as if …

Photo Daily: If love were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.

  “If love were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard,” she texted. Where she was, below the equator, it was the middle of Summer. For me, Winter. Yet her words, warmed me. Clever words. She was, is, clever. Checking in from time to time. Morning for her, middle of the night for me. A world …

Photo Daily: If You See Her, Say Hello from Berlin

  I was in Berlin for a screening of a film I edited that was being shown as part of the Berlin Underground Film Festival. It was 1995 and only a few years since the Berlin Wall came down. Plenty of evidence of that still everywhere. But Berlin has a strong heart and the people …

Photo Daily: High Over Rush Street, The Viagra Triangle

Photographing anything from above always has a voyeuristic quality about it to me. If you’re high enough, you can take in so many little worlds, most of which are unaware of the others. You can’t actually know all of the stories happening before you, but you can certainly imagine them. I made this photograph recently, …