Hoover Dam, 2006

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I’ve been to Hoover Dam twice. The first time was seeing it on a guided tour in the mid 1990’s. The second was in 2006. I was shocked by how low the water line was. It’s noticeable in the picture above by the white “bathtub ring”. That year Lake Mead was the lowest point since the 1960’s. It’s levels have continued to drop since. It could be below its threshold of 1,075 ft. by 2020.

Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon is one of the most breath taking places I’ve ever been to. We got to the park about two hours before sunset. The daytime temperature was in the high 50’s and quick dropped as the sun went down. It was cold, but for what I saw, it was worth it.

Big Hand

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Palmer Square is a sub section of the Logan Square neighborhood. The park host various art installations. This was part of one of them back in the fall. Don’t let the hand get ya.

 

Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon, located in Arizona, is known as a slot canyon. They allow you inside via a guided tour. There, you can take photos. The best time is around noon where the light is directly overhead and seeps down inside the canyon, illuminating the red rocks inside.

Joshua Tree, 2006

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Heading west on US 93, We came across some scattered Joshua Trees. This is not part of the national park–that is in California near the Nevada border. I knew that I wanted to photograph one of these simply because of the U2 angle. They are magnificent up close.

You Are Beautiful

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It’s a simple, but positive message.  It was started here in Chicago. Back in 2002, a group of artists and designers printed stickers to pass on to others and to post them in various places in the hopes that its message would build people up. By 2019, it has grown from stickers that were found on walls and subway stations to public displays (like this one in Andersonville) near parks and schools. Its message has reached worldwide. You are not alone. Believe in yourself. We are all unique.

 

 

1150 W. Addison

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Saw this after eating lunch in Wrigleyville one day. Sure, there are plenty of homes and businesses around there that have W signs, but this one caught my eye. It had such a uniqueness. Not much of that can be found anymore in the city.

Go Cubs!

Scenes From Pilsen #2

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These are a couple more great murals that I found walking around Pilsen last year. There are some really incredible artists here. To cover these over should be a crime. These works of art really capture what Pilsen is all about.

Perkolator

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Perkolator Coffee is located in Portage Park, a northwest side neighborhood of Chicago. I go there regularly to work on photos, to blog for my website, or to work on a graphic novel that I’m co-writing. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and change the scenery in order to clear your head and let yourself run free and create. Perkolator reminds me of the coffeehouses I went to in the early nineties. I would spend the afternoons reading Beat literature and drinking bottomless cups of coffee until my hands were shaking. Good times.

Tim, 1997

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I found these two great photos of my friend , Tim on a roll of Ilford that I shot back in June of 1997. Most of the roll were photos of my Urban Views project. From what I can see, Tim was apparently tagging along with me that day down in the South Loop. These two photos really capture the real Tim. He wasn’t posing for band pics and looking like a rock star–he was just being himself. I miss that the most.

Happy 42nd Birthday Tim– All Eyes On The Stars.