Rogers Park & Other Things

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I constantly find myself bring reminded how quickly time escapes (have you noticed this blog-wide theme?), this is not helped by the fact that more often than not, I have no idea what time or day or date it is.  I could almost be convinced that New Year's Eve was just two weeks ago because the memory seems so recent and so fresh that it feels impossible for ten and a half months to have passed.

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Is the increasingly unstoppable speed of time what growing up really is?

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Regardless, I have worked myself into and out of a bit of a rut the past month. I had a steady flow of inspiration but a very consistent lack of motivation, it was nothing that a bit of will power couldn't turn around.  Now that I'm up and at 'em again, I've begun work at a project that has been on my mind since moving to Chicago over four years ago and has changed format a few times, with the intention remaining the same. The focus of the project is that of the neighborhood I've lived in exclusively during my time in this city: Rogers Park. Before moving to Chicago, I was totally unaware of the neighborhoods and how the city was divided up. It just never occurred to me. My at-the-time boyfriend and I spent a great deal of time trying to decide on apartments while he was abroad and I, though at a close five hours away, had absolutely no idea what I was looking at. Through the help of a friend, we secured a tiny place in Rogers Park.

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Then my research began. I became obsessed with the neighborhood--reading about every single documented business, learning the history, discovering the neighborhood landmarks. I knew before even stepping foot within it's boundaries that I was going to fall in love with Rogers Park. It is way up north, it does have a bit of shady history, and it's certainly not as gentrified as the others. But it's incredibly diverse; in fact it's one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire country. And it's beautiful, stunningly so. I could go on and on about how wonderful it is, truthfully. Though the words won't do it justice. For the past four years, this neighborhood has provided ample inspiration and a safe haven, and all I want to do is reciprocate by showing the subtle pieces that create this amazing Chicago anomaly.

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In the meantime, here are some other things to check out.

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I participated in a RAW event at  Double Door in Chicago and my video interview from the evening is up here.

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I was at the House of Blues Chicago for the Giving Tree Band's album release show. *Most* of the photos are up on Flickr; I'm still working on processing and scanning in the film but those should be up soon as well.

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I took a road trip to Memphis with my brother in September and absolutely fell head over heals for the whole city. I was absorbing so much of it that I didn't take a great number of photos but what I did take, you can see here.

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That's all for now, there isn't any more.

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