neighborhoods : downtown [part one]

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Downtown Chicago is the iconic Chicago. It's the area most people immediately envision when thinking of Chicago. Hell, it's really all I knew of Chicago before moving here eight years ago. I just assumed the skyscrapers stretched on forever... or at the very least, to Naperville. Visiting, it's what's people want to see. It contains all of the imagery of classic Chicago--the Sears Tower, the Hancock Building, the river, Watertower place, as well as a number of the larger theatres and more prominent museums.

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Patrick and I have decided to shoot downtown in pieces; we're kind of blending and dividing a few recognized districts of downtown rather than actual neighborhoods.  Our first portion hovered around the financial district but we stretched those boundaries a bit to the north and west.

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Visit this link to view Patrick's downtown shots.

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last days in LA

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I make it no secret that I have a fascination with American romanticism, and the photographs I take, regardless of the subject matter, are always an exploration of that sentimentality. If there were one place in Los Angeles that encapsulates all the things I'm searching for as I roam from coast to coast, it's the Griffith Observatory. Blame it on a few too many viewings of "Rebel Without a Cause" or the untarnished perspective above the angelic city: the place brings out all my maudlin tendencies.

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The lower level of the Observatory contains a star lined corridor leading to one of the galleries. In a very LA fashion, these are not images of stars or portions of rock or anything particularly astrological, rather thousands of man-made stars in the form of jewelry, pins, and an assortment of other shimmering items, both vintage and new, fashioned to sparkle. I followed a few steps behind an elderly couple, overhearing them remark on some of the more spectacular pieces. In some bizarre way, in this bizarre land, it seemed like the west coast equivalent to a country night spent star-gazing. And it was really, really sweet.

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I Am

One of my goals for this blog is to document the lifeblood that pulsates through the places that I both live and visit. This generally manifests through my exploration of creative lifestyles but occasionally I try to expand beyond that and include other walks of life as well. The other night, I was in downtown Chicago attempting to shoot photographs of the city in the rain, none of which were turning out as I had envisioned, and just as I was about to call it a night and head home, I stumbled across a protest regarding the current Trayvon Martin situation. I jumped among the protesters and began to photograph them instead.

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