1. Large chunks of ice and deep hidden puddles left behind from the winter vortex made for treacherous walking for even the most able pedestrians. This older gentleman didn’t seem to mind natures obstacles at all. Without hesitation he made his own path; down the middle of the street.

     

  2. One of my favorite things to do is to wander aimlessly. Its a reality, though, that most of us spend our lives dashing feverishly from point A to B. Any person or delay that impedes our progress towards the destination is met with frustration and scorn. For me, rushing down a beaten path gives me tunnel vision. It prevents me from seeing the countless unique people and places that may cross my path. After arriving about an hour ahead of time to meet up with a group of friends in Lakeview this afternoon, I decided to try and take off the blinders.

    While wandering, I happened upon the tag above behind a convenience store. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of tagging (a conversation for another day) but this one got me thinking. Why do I do what I do?

    Most simply, I make art in order to communicate. Photography helps me connect more deeply with people, and allows me to share my ideas in ways that I can’t with words. Creating art gives me greater perspective, and keeps me from forgetting that life is about the process.

    I’m really happy to have run into this simple question today. Its nice to find gentle reminders to reflect.

    I’d love to hear about why you make art?

     

  3. Truck #3 pulls into District #1 headquarters on W Illinois St late in the evening on January 9th, 2014. It was really amazing to watch how in tune the drivers are with maneuvering these huge trucks. Traffic behind the truck didn’t even miss a single light cycle as the driver deftly reversed into its eponymous garage bay.

     

  4. Chicago Fire Department responding to a 5 story apartment fire at 5820 N Sheridan Rd. in Edgewater Beach.

    I knew something pretty significant was happening around the corner from my apartment this morning when I kept hearing ladder trucks flying down W Hollywood Ave. Once I turned onto Sheridan Rd there had to be at least 10 ladder trucks and just as many ambulances. Keeping my ear to the news to hear about what happened, and at this point I’m not sure if anyone was injured.

     

  5. Last weekend (before Chicago was cryogenically frozen) I went out on a photo exploration with my friend Martin. Martin was my freshman year roommate in college at DePaul, and is starting to get deeper into photography. Apart from his photography he’s a marketing and branding whiz, and teaches classes on the subject through his company Idea Lemon. I grabbed a couple of portraits of him while we snuck into a parking garage to get a different vantage point.

     

  6. "Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind."
    -Nathaniel Hawthorne