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: 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: 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: Grant Chambers Liberation Movement

  Like the models I photograph, musicians are innate performers, and by their nature, always fun to photograph. Whenever I collaborate with a musician, I do my best to find the persona they are trying to emote. Sometimes serious. Often thoughtful. Always cool. Grant Chambers of Liberation Movement stayed at my studio a couple of …

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: Stop and Enjoy the Sunset

  It’s a challenge to make an interesting photo of sunset. At least for me it is. It’s kinda like trying to make a great photograph of the Grand Canyon. How can you capture the scale and the wonderment that you are experiencing with your eyes? It’s a bit about context. It’s true that there …

Photo Daily: Blue Angels Over Chicago

  I’ll admit, I still feel like a 10-year old boy whenever the jets fly over head. Probably the best time to see the annual Chicago Air & Water Show is during the Thursday and Friday rehearsal days. Yes, they actually rehearse. What makes it great is that because the stage is a 10 mile …