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Art – Everywhere is a canvas, in Pilsen.

In Pilsen, street art / murals are found all over the place. This particular spot is a painted wall under the L tracks close to the 17th street station.

At this moment, there was a lot of light hitting the building I was shooting past, which was then reflected in these windows. This helped make an otherwise cool scene have some warmth. The wavy quality of the reflections I thought worked with the interesting characters painted on the walls.

Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.
Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.

Race of the Dead – Pilsen Street Art

Race of the Dead – Carrera De Los Muertos

I do not purport to be an expert on Mexican culture or street art. The day of the dead is a Mexican festival to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost in the past. When Catholic Spaniards took over Mexico, this holiday was co-opted by the Catholic Church and moved to coincide with All Souls Day.

During this festivan, in the Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen, Chicago, they have The Race of the Dead, a 5k race to promote good health.

In this picture, I took a photo of the bridge they painted with the race’s logo, and there was what looked like a family walking back from the store.

The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.
The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.

Chicago Henge over the L

It was an incredibly cloudy day this first day of fall in 2014. But I could see a sliver of hope on the horizon! The streets of Chicago are supposed to line up so that on either Equinox you can see the sun set on the street. But… you never really know just how exact the streets are and just how exact the sun will set.

But boom! The sun cracked the difference between the cloud and sky and horizon within ten minutes of sunset. The brightness of the sun changed drastically in this time. It was supper hard to control the exposure for both the horizon and to make the scene visible for the people in the foreground. Some of the most dramatic and interesting stuff happened on Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

This scene I took the fastest exposure I could muster, turned it black and white and gave you what I could of this scene. I hope you enjoy.

Chicago Henge over the L

 

BTW, I have several exposures and versions of this I’ll be releasing soon. 🙂

The L Runs Through It

This was taken from the near north side / River North neighborhood of Chicago from on top of a parking garage. It’s basically 3 blocks north of the Chicago River and about 2 blocks east of the north branch of the Chicago River.

The L Runs through it
The “L” going through the near north side before it runs into and becomes the Chicago Loop.

 

When I posted this photo, I used the moment to introduce my new photography page on Facebook.  Please follow me there, too! I have to say that Facebook is an entirely different social media animal compared to all the others. The connection with Google +, WordPress, Instagram, and Flickr is so far centered on people who just love to look at photos. But even with just a few likes in, on Facebook, I can already sense that there’s just more opportunity to expand your reach to people who aren’t just trying to improve their own photography or people who aren’t that focused on art. And that’s a good thing.

Also, personal facebook pages are much more closed sharing places. But a public photography page allows me to reach more people that aren’t really interested in being my personal facebook friend. Let’s face it, I don’t want everyone’s information on my personal feed, either.

 

The L Runs Through It

The L runs beneath the Chicago Skyline

I shot this from the top floor of a parking garage. It’s actually a single frame of a much larger panorama I’m still working on. I was really hoping I’d get an L train here. This is an hdr processed photo and of the three photos I took to process this photo, the L train arrived in time for the final shot, a long exposure.

The L beneath the Chicago Skyline at night.

The L beneath the Chicago Skyline at night.

Prints can be purchased at my Smugmug page by clicking on the photo. You can also view a full res version by going to my Google Plus page.

Late Night Train

Late Night at the Chicago Ogilvie Train Station

I took this photo in of the Metra Rail in Chicago when it was late at night and I needed to get home. My train was leaving at 12:30 and the station was full of late night revelers playing it safe with public transportation. But they were also bringing the party to the station. I escaped to this quiet track that was done for the night. I actually feel lucky that I wasn’t greeted by a security guard, wondering why I’m taking a photo of the train.

 

Late Night Train