Marlena

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The recent murder of mother -to- be Marlena Ochoa was a vile and disgusting piece of news. Without getting into the gory details, I would like to hope that justice gets served for the three persons involved and may allow the family and friends of Marlena to take solace and try to move forward from this horrible event. This is a newly painted mural in her honor just west of Halsted on 16th. Street in Pilsen. RIP Marlena.

Robin W.

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I thought of the name Urban Hues many years ago as a color counterpart of the Urban Views project. That title actually dates back to 1995 when I was still in college. I played around with different concepts over the years and nothing seemed to stick. Recently while looking back at my work over the past ten years, I discovered  that the images that drew me in were that of murals and graffiti art.
This mural literally made me stop in my tracks. I shot this very recently while walking down Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. It is colorful, it is detailed, and it is mesmerizing. If anything made you miss the laughs you got from the late Robin Williams, then this beautiful mural of him in front of his Aladdin character would do it.

Sleeve #1 and #2

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Scott endured the freezing cold in order to show off his tattoos. Once the weather gets better, I will be calling him back for another shoot. He has far more work done on him than is seen here– and it’s constantly evolving.

Patio Theater 2011

Patio

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For the longest time, I feared that the Patio would be torn down. It had been closed for years until someone bought and rehabbed it in 2011. It now regularly plays recent films and has a loyal neighborhood following. I’m glad that it’s been resurrected because I hate when they tear down these beautiful, old movie palaces.

Autumn Leaves on Wrought Iron Fence 2009

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I was just on a walk around Bucktown one fall afternoon and saw this. One must remember that beauty can be also found right at home and not only in national parks. This is how I can describe autumn in Chicago.