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 …

Barrier to the Beauty

  Barrier to the Beauty~ Hello Gentle Readers. Continuing my theme this week of sharing photographs I’ve made since I arrived in Los Angeles last year, Barrier to the Beauty, is what I would call a found image. I was walking through a parking lot outside a venue where I was photographing an event that evening. One …

Daily Photo: Ego Trip

  It seemed like a perfectly fine building. Some might even call it beautiful. A nice addition to Chicago’s skyline. And then he had to put his name on it. To use his vernacular, “Huge.” I guess we should have expected it. He does it on all his buildings. His ego trip. But the name …

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: Remembering Blue Skies

  This is the time of year, the gray winter has lasted too long time of year, when I need to remember the blue skies of summer in Chicago. When I’m tired of every snowy sidewalk step being a potential slip. When crossing the street means navigating the single-shoe-width path between huge piles of snow …

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: Melissa Angel Over City

  There are always such great hopes looking to the new year. Looking out to the horizon, wondering what is to come. Mostly, it’s up to us. There are certainly things we’ll have to react to, that we can’t control. But really, what’s to come depends on each of us. “You make your own happy.” …

Photo Daily: Chicago 5:06pm

  It’s rare to get a do-over on a citywide scale. As tragic as it was, The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was our do-over. We’re approaching the 143rd anniversary next week on October 8th and it will be remembered this weekend with a massive fire-themed event on the Chicago River. But it was the moment …

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 …