Current Status, Northwest Tower and Hollander Fireproof Warehouse
New-ish on top of old, North Avenue
2800 W North Avenue, Humboldt Park
Printing is underway, both large and small, for my exhibition at Bru Cafe. This condo development at the corner of North and California just west of Wicker Park was “under construction” during the housing boom until well after the economy tanked. It’s no doubt this location was selected due to the proxmity to Humboldt Park (the park) and at six-stories, has views of downtown. Although I’m not too sure how cozy residents feel at this particular corner of the city.
This median divider separates the Kmart and Jewel grocery store on the south side of the street from the homes on the north side. This is the 1600 block of W Blackhawk Street. You can turn the corner and neighborhood looks completely different, tree-lined with curb appeal. Here, however, most would not imagine this to be Wicker Park, a thriving Chicago neighborhood.
Another, that I forgot to include earlier, from Maggie Daley Park
Silhouettes at Maggie Daley Park
I have found a perfect location for future portrait shoots!
Wicker Park Alleyway, July 2014
Vibrance in the Mundane: Choppers, Ashland and Wabansia
Another blue hour long exposure of Choppers Burger Shop at 1659 N Ashland. Ashland Avenue doesn’t get enough respect in Chicago. One could assume this is because the street is primarily used as both a connector and divider between the different neighborhoods in the city. Ashland is not known for it’s curb appeal or having any appeal to pedestrians. In fact, just a block away, to the left of the photo Wabansia Avenue dead ends to the Kennedy Expressway. In this blue hour series, I wanted to illustrate how, in the right light, even what are considered the “ugly areas of the city can be colorful and vibrant.
Ashland and North Avenue: Billboard Corner
This is one of four long exposure pictures I’m using for my project ‘Evolving Wicker Park’ made during the blue hour. The intersection of Ashland and North Avenue is both bright and bleak, and like most of Ashland, geared more towards drivers than pedestrians. I’m sure that’s the reason these 3 large billboards grace the landscape in this area of Wicker Park -there’s actually a forth billboard on the left outside of the frame. The streetscape looks surprisingly clean here and is probably the most appealing it could ever be. The blue sky after sunset definitely adds beauty to the mundane.
Crown Fountain is literally Chicago’s frontyard public playground.
Friday night rush, Adams St
Eating, Reading, Walking, Running, Biking, Sweating, Resting, and Playing Chess. A typical Sunday on the Lake Shore Trail.