1. This is Bru. My first solo photo show will be inside. Prints are being placed on the walls as we speak. Singer and acoustic guitarist Jay Schraub will be playing tonight. Tonight will be a good night!

     
  2. Current Status, Northwest Tower and Hollander Fireproof Warehouse

     
  3. Patterns of Age, Wicker Park

    Evolving Wicker Park

     
  4. New-ish on top of old, North Avenue

     
  5. 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.

     
  6. I am excited to announce my first solo photo show at Bru Cafe Art Gallery on Friday, 8/29/14 from 6:30 to 9p! All are welcome to attend. Below I have provided a brief project description along with some information about myself and the project.

    "Evolving Wicker Park" is an exhibit of photographs by Andrew Miller at the Bru Cafe Art Gallery at 1562 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. Andrew Miller is an Urban Photographer and Wicker Park resident working on a long-term project of the Near West and Northwest sides of Chicago.

    Andrew Miller is an Urban Landscape and Portrait Photographer, best known locally for his photographs of the neighborhood and city skyline from the Northwest Tower. Over the past two years he has developed a body of work that demonstrates the past, present and future states of Wicker Park.

    Many would argue that Wicker Park is well beyond a gentrified era. However, others describe the neighborhood as “edgy and eclectic.” It’s easy to see that a gritty-vibe is still maintained on certain blocks. There is a strong desire to preserve the neighborhood’s history in conjunction with an assertive push, by developers, to build contemporary homes and retail spaces. Contradictions and juxtapositions can be easily identified by both residents and workers in Wicker Park but go unnoticed by those who are casually passing by.

    In addition to the urban landscapes and architectural photographs, aerial photographs and environmental portraits will tie the project together. Urban scenes and urban people will be merged together into one project, including all 50+ portraits from the ‘Wicker Park Portrait Project.’

    Bru Cafe Art Gallery is both cozy and spacious and is a proud supporter of local artists. They are open 7 days week from 7a to 10p. Please visit their website for more information www.bruchicago.com.

     
  7. 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.

     
  8. Another, that I forgot to include earlier, from Maggie Daley Park

     
  9. Silhouettes at Maggie Daley Park

    I have found a perfect location for future portrait shoots!

     
  10. Maggie Daley Park: Chicago’s Front Yard Under Construction

    A couple of months back Andy Fowler and I ventured over to the construction site of the future Maggie Daley Park. Located just south of Randolph between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive, this highly anticipated park is scheduled to be completed during the winter of 2014. It’s an ambitious project that will dramatically transform the 20 acre Daley Bicentennial Plaza recreational area and will extend both indoor and outdoor events and activities that take place year around at Grant and Millennium Parks.

    From this ground level vantage point accessible from an area called Cancer Survivor’s Garden, you can see the disheveled landscape first hand. When I look at these photographs, I’m still stunned to see such a prime and central are of the city so wrapped up in construction. Chicago’s front yard is literally being reinvented.

    DNA Info Chicago recently provided a sneak peek to what is quite possibly the best playground ever. Here’s the article.

    To check out the renderings, aerial images, and for construction updates, visit the Maggie Daley Park Construction Page

     
  11. Wicker Park Alleyway, July 2014

     
  12. 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.

     
  13. 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.

     
  14. Crown Fountain is literally Chicago’s frontyard public playground.

     
  15. Friday night rush, Adams St