New life, and new light for that matter, is being generated into Wicker Park’s Northwest Tower, aka the Coyote Building. Recently lights have been glowing throughout the evening indicating that the new interior is well underway. The renovations are being lead by Mexico based operators Grupo Habita which include the 5-story Hollander Fireproof Warehouse next door.
All eyes are watching the construction of Wicker Park’s most iconic building. I’m sure new photographs will be frequent.
Street Photographers need to follow this bus around town.
I attended Day 1 of the Smyth Sewn Photo Book Workshop today and received a tutorial on design and layout for my first book, Evolving Wicker Park: Volume 1. We were all given a 25 sheet pack of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Duo, an amazingly thick fine art photo paper that must be experienced in-person to truly appreciate.
Printing at this level brings feelings of joy and terror simultaneously. On one hand you get to experience the production of a beautiful, tangible photograph and on the other hand you involve yourself in printer jams, paper tearing, and layers of Photoshop Hell. The frustrations are worth it. Plus the entire process allows you to reflect back and understand how an idea or concept develops and falls into the frame of a camera, to eventually be selected for print, and then sequenced and bound into a book. Cool stuff.
The agenda for tomorrow will be to fold, glue, sew, and bind (I think). I have no idea what I’m doing.
Evolving Wicker Park Exhibition at Bru Cafe Art Gallery ( @bruchicago ).
My exhibition will be up at Bru Cafe until October 10th. I have been thrilled to share this project in print to the public. The annual Filter Photo Festival begins this week. Tomorrow I will be attending the Smyth Sewn Photo Book Workshop with photographer and bookmaker April Wilkins. I have selected 16 photographs to include in my initial “dummy” version that I will present to reviewers over the weekend. Aerials, landscapes, house portraits, and Portrait Project will be included in what I will refer to for now as Volume 1.
On Tuesday we will be printing the images for the book and on the following day we will assemble and bind the prints together. Smyth sewing is a traditional method of booking binding in which a series of folded pages are stitched together to create high quality, long-lasting books. When my first photo book is complete I will be sure to share the results.
Beach Season Dwindling, North Avenue
The Classic Lady, Chicago River
Last night, at dusk, the lights on the 9th and 10th floors of the Coyote Building were lit up. Over the summer construction has been underway to convert the nearly century old Northwest Tower to a 120-room boutique hotel. As Wicker Park’s most iconic building, all eyes are watching the redevelopment of this Chicago landmark.