Summer Bean

Summer Bean by Harvey TillisSummer Bean

One of my personal commitments every year is to attend at least one day of the Chicago Blues Fest. I know what it’s like to photograph musicians at Festivals both as a member of the public and also with press clearance. In either case it’s tough to get good shots.

This year I decided not to photograph performers. Instead I’d look for visual opportunities to stress graphics, convert to black & white, and make photos look like sketches or etchings. 

Wandering around to several stages at Millennium Park it wasn’t long before I found myself near “Cloud Gate,” the famous shiny sculpture by Anish Capoor, that we all refer to as “The Bean” because of its shape. 

People can walk all around and under it. It is totally reflective. Shapes and perspectives constantly change. There’s quite a show of humanity always marveling at The Bean. 

I shot some photos from different angles and really liked this one, partly because of the angle and partly because of the way people were positioned all around.

When processing began this image included the entire sculpture and interesting angles of several buildings behind it. Many more people were there too.

I converted to BW and started to apply filter effects to accentuate graphics. Added a crosshatch effect too. All looked good, but the total image didn’t achieve what I wanted.

The phrase, “What I wanted,” implies I knew what that was. In reality I was moving toward a not quite formed idea. BW and graphic were givens. It should imply the heat of the day too. And it should eliminate anything extra that took away from making the strongest possible picture.

Cut, cut. Crop, crop. Again? Yes. How much could I leave? How much could I get away with by cropping and still have a strong image? 

I worked on this for days, thinking I was finished, then waking up realizing it still wasn’t quite right.

Finally, two weeks later, cropping and lighting adjustment ideas came to me late at night while driving home from a hearing music at a club. I worked on the image from about midnight until about 2. And there it was! And here it is.

This image, Summer Bean, is now for sale in my Fine Art Gallery – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 11.6 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Tin Ceiling

Tin Ceiling by Harvey Tillis

This tin ceiling is in Dusek’s Restaurant, a Michelin starred eatery that’s part of Thalia Hall in Chicago.

The Tin Ceiling at Dusek’s

My friend, Hana, works for the folks who developed and own Michelin-starred Dusek’s restaurant and Thalia Hall, an exciting music venue in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, on 18th Street one block west of Racine. I’ve shoot a lot of music concerts around town, but haven’t worked there yet. Hana set aside some time on a hot beautiful June morning to give me tours of both.

There are dining rooms and bars of varying sizes for both public and private events. The restaurants are always busy. Menu items change often. I was surprised to learn that they do a big business in weddings too. Bars stay open until 2 am. 

Thalia Hall one flight up is a real theatre with a wrap around balcony, flexible seating and standing areas, and with great sound and lighting. Capacity is probably in the 900 person range. Michael Che had performed there the night before. Sorry I missed him. I love his special on Netflix and his Weekly Update reporting on SNL.

I made my notes and began planning a series of photo shoots for upcoming shows.

As we were leaving we walked into a main area of the restaurant again and the light pouring in from outside forced me to look up at the ceiling. What a marvelous display! The first loft I lived in had a tin ceiling that was endlessly graphic and exciting. This one had a different pattern, but was equally cool.

As a bonus a restored antique chandelier was hanging in its middle with old fashioned bulbs blazing away (if you can call that kind of low watt bulb a “blazer”).

I’m a photographer. I love design, mood, and light. I couldn’t not shoot it. Luckily I had my Canon G15 with me. Set it to “P” and underexposed a third of a stop. I hoped not to burn out highlights and knew I would get a raw digital file at least 12 MB in size. That’s the raw meat I love to begin my processing with.

Back on the computer I pushed and pulled, adjusted and tweaked to discover how best to finish the image. I had an idea of how it might look in my mind. Now was the time to explore how to make that idea become real.

I like the image posted above very much. For now, I’m happy. Yet, my attitude these days is that I should always review finished images after a time to discover if I “see” them differently.

I am always looking, shooting, practicing, experimenting to keep my skills current. It is not unusual to look at an image finished a few years ago and think that I could or should change it this way or that. Like practicing a piano – you play the same piece over and over for a time, then you don’t, then you revisit it and hear it new. Rethink it new.

This image, Tin Ceiling, is now part of my Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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The Pavaroti/Hadid/Picasso Guy

Robin Ford, by Harvey Tillis, performs at SPACE In Evanston, IL.

THAT Guy is THIS Guy!

I was trying to think of a way to describe my experience listening to Robben Ford. I hadn’t heard him before. Knew his name. Knew he had played with Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, and Miles Davis among others. Miles Davis! So he had to be good, very good, really good.

Intellectually I was ready for a fine night of music. Then he took the stage along with his bass player and drummer. 

It was apparent from the beginning that they had all played together a lot and that they enjoyed playing together. That vibe was strong.

Blues, jazz, folk, new songs and old. Each musician took long solos that couldn’t have gotten better, then did. So how can I sum the scene up? 

I tried to think of great artists, craftsmen, performers who were so far above any others that their names would instantly be recognized as top tier, best in class. That’s where Pavarotti, Hadid, and Picasso come from. And so…

You know how, when you go to concerts, you hear some excellent musicians. Then there are times when you hear a few who are noticeably better than all the other truly excellent musicians you listen to. Then, once in a great while, you hear someone much much better, significantly more masterful, more imaginative and brilliant than all the other excellent musicians. That’s this guy – Robben Ford.

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Pilsen Doorway 1221

Pilsen Doorway 1221 by Harvey Tillis.

The Magic Doorway

I arrived early for a meeting and decided to walk around the neighborhood on a hot morning in June. Found this scene waiting nearby.

The slightly slipping, not quite fitting brick at the top of the arch caught my eye. Its imperfection made this doorway perfect for me.

The first issue dealt with was making sure lines were as perfectly horizontal and vertical as possible – a concern I have more than ever these days. I don’t remember being as concerned about them in the past. Now they scream out at me in everything I shoot.

Light was very bright, but not direct meaning I didn’t have to deal with strong shadows.

Modern doors and whimsical graphics combined with classic architecture in this apartment building entrance. I included the thin branches with leaves in the upper right as well as a sliver of the store front with window display on the left to add interest and context.

We are in a newly revived century old neighborhood in Chicago.

Each section of the image was processed separately to achieve the look and feeling I wanted. That included punching up the areas over the doors with special attention given to the blue mosaic and winged golden face. 

Lily pads and flowers needed different levels of brightness and contrast. Same for the graphics on the glass in the arch.

I think of this doorway as a magic place that could lead to new, unknown adventure.

This image, Pilsen Doorway 1221, is now in my Fine Art Architecture Gallery – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 13.3 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Where You’r At

"Where You're At" by Harvey Tillis

A Chicago-speak Mantra

I was exploring new bicycle routes to and from the Logan Square Fresh Market one stunningly beautiful perfect Sunday morning. New views, sounds and smells are part of the excitement of living in the city and I love ’em all.

My street took me past a large empty lot. There might have been a factory on it for decades. Perhaps several store fronts with apartments above. Now it was just an empty lot with a mural painted on one of its border walls and graffiti on a gate. The rumbling  “L” slowed down as it approached its next stop.

I circled the lot a few times on my bike just looking. Then I saw the building in the distance.

It was one story and big with an overhead door. More graffiti on the roof above. Thought it might be an artist’s studio or a cooperative of some sort. 

Finally saw the words loudly making the owner’s statement that wrapped around the structure.

“It’s Not Where You’r From It’s Where You’r At.” This phrase sounds like Chicago speak to me. The force of an idea. A mission. An Artist’s Statement. Yah, maybe dat’s it.

The “L” flashed by gleaming in the sun and I got the idea for this photo. Black & white because that’s how I’m thinking right now. A straight photo with just burning and dodging. Catch the light. Document a scene. Done!

This is classic street photography to me. Saw it. Framed it. Shot it.

This image, Where You’r At, is now for sale in my Fine Art Street Photography Gallery – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

 

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57th Street Art Fair

57th Street Art Fair by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

This art fair is a must for me. It has been the first one I make an effort to attend every year for at least the past 25 years. It is always exciting and entertaining. Near the University of Chicago campus. Great exhibitors. Delicious food. Fine music. And loads of people in every shape, size, color and language. No wonder it has lasted for 70 years.

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Armitage Building

Armitage Building by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

This building has been a favorite of mine for years. I pass it often on bike rides through the city. Wanted to make it into an image that didn’t quite look like a photograph. Perhaps more like a sketch or etching, old and tinted. I’m happy with this.

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First Street Fair

Season's First Street Fair by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

These street fairs pop up in different neighborhoods all over the city throughout the summer. Sometimes in a park, often just blocking part of a residential or commercial street. Here is the first one I saw, in a big parking lot next to a high school on the near west side of Chicago. A small roller coaster, a ferris wheel, a few more assorted rides and stands and food. Not too big, not too much. Just enough to be fun. It was a perfectly clear night during Memorial Day weekend. Cool breeze. An otherwise quiet night filled with squeals and laughter from kids in shorts and T-shirts enjoying being out among the lights, rides, and the promise of summer.

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City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge

City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge by Joy & Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

This image was captured by Joy Tillis. I applied a variety of adjustments and filters to achieve this final result. 

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Season’s First Art Fair

Season's First Art Fair by Harvey Tillis.

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

This view reflects a small section of the Renegade Craft Fair during a perfect mid-May weekend on South Halsted Street between 18th and Canalport. 4 blocks long with uniques wares for sale, friendly faces, baby strollers, bicycles, music, and the smells of summer food in the air. Shops and galleries along the street were open and welcoming.

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Serenading Sam’s Wife

Serenading Sam's Wife by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

I heard live music nearby early on a quiet Sunday morning while bike riding. Followed the sound to this house. Seven musicians including a trumpet, three guitars, two violins and a singer were serenading someone inside. The smiling man nearby introduced himself as Sam. He hires musicians every Mother’s Day to play for his lovely wife, the mother of his children. Afterwards he takes them to play for his own mother. 

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Small Town Pawn Shop

Small Town Pawn Shop by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 15 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Stopped

Stopped In Traffic by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14 inch image on 13 x 19 archival paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Art consultants and galleries welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Amigo Loan

Amigo Loan by Harvey Tillis

Amigo Loan by Harvey Tillis. From the Fine Art Project. Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 11.5  inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Clark Sommers At JAM 2017

Clark Sommers by Harvey TillisBassist Clark Sommers performs in Chicago at a program during Jazz Appreciation Month. 

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Lake Street Corner

Lake Street Corner by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Looks like an etching. Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14.5  inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Spring Flowers In The City

Saturday Afternoon Spring Flowers In The City by Harvey Tillis

We walked around downtown Chicago on a beautiful Spring morning just happy to be able to do it. 

The original framing of this image includes much more. I include what looks good to me, then enlarge to 100% on my screen, then slowly pull back while moving the image around to find that “thing” that caught my eye in the first place.

Every part of the image was adjusted somewhat. Contrast, color, sharpness. Save a version, then do more. 

From the Fine Art Project – Looks like a painting. Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 11 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Four Portraits In April

In March I created portraits of almost 100 lawyers, construction contractors and workers. April brought me to some music projects including portraits of these four special people. George Freeman was still going strong and celebrated his 90th birthday playing two nights at Green Mill. Suneetha sounded better than ever as she celebrated a special birthday with fans and friends at the Jazz Showcase. Meanwhile, Sam Lay and Corky Siegel were interviewed at SPACE for a podcast about their careers, times together and the history of the blues they had lived through. 

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End Of A Night

End Of A NIght by Harvey Tillis

Joe Segal opened the Jazz Showcase in the early 1940’s. I’ve been to several of the club’s locations . Like this one best. 

There’s music every night and a matinee on Sunday. I like it late into the second set on weeknights. That’s when this glow comes over the scene. 

This is a soft photo of a moody place. The only way I would process it is as a painting. Maybe Vermeer would like it.

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 16 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Alone At Last

Alone At Last by Harvey Tillis

Like an itch that had to be scratched, suddenly I wanted to make a picture. Needed to. Had to. At a formal dinner dance enjoying the evening as a guest, mingling, relaxing with friends. HAD TO MAKE A PICTURE! 

Not just a snap. Make a black and white image. Moody. Graphic.

All I had was my smartphone, but technical limitations be damned. I’d figure out how to make the image look the way I wanted later.

My hunt around the ballroom began, looking, searching, when suddenly I remembered a lesson learned long ago while street shooting.

When you look too hard you miss too much.

Calm came over me and I settled into the scene. That’s when I saw the couple on the balcony, talking with animation and body language that suggested they felt no one could see them.

Processing went from Photoshop to Snapseed to Prisma to Snapseed to Photoshop. Convert from color, eliminated noise, crop for interesting graphics, dodge and burn. 

This image will scale quite large and still look great! For now it is in my Fine Art Gallery – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 11 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Entrance To Platform Here

Entrance To Platform Here by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Alterations Men & Women

Alterations Men & Women by Harvey Tillis Photography From the Fine Art Project – I remember where I started so many years ago as I look at this photo – shooting street photography. And at the same time I can see how far I’ve come as I practiced my craft. Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Some Eyes

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Packed House

Packed House by Harvey Tillis Photography

From the Fine Art Project – “Packed House” is a color digitally manipulated photograph of the scene in a crowded jazz night club in Chicago. From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. Roughly 11 x 14.6 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

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Portrait of Ryan Cohan

Portrait of Ryan Cohan by Harvey Tillis Photography.

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Waiting With Tom

Waiting With Tom by Harvey Tillis Photography

Waiting, with Tom Hanks and invited guests at a private event, for the President to arrive after his farewell address to the nation.

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Wojo At The Bike Shop

John Wojciechowski plays sax at Ancien by Harvey Tillis PhotographyJohn Wojciechowski, known to friends as Wojo, performing his original music at Chris Anderson’s Ancien Cycles & Cafe on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

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Outtakes

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No Place Like SPACE

Here’s Lucinda Williams on one of the four nights she played at SPACE in Evanston, IL at the end of 2016. I’ve been shooting in that intimate listening room since their beginning eight years ago. Jazz, blues, folk, classical, new groups, internationally famous artists. What a great venue! http://evanstonspace.com

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Lucky Me!

 

Lucky me! “Urban Sketches” received Honorable Mention as an Editorial Photo Essay from the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards Competition. The series includes, “Howard Street,” “Quiet City Morning,” “Broadway Detour,” and “Urban Sketch 5001.”  

Limited editions of 12 prints each. Roughly 11 x 14 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

 

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Moss Play The Blues

Kate & Nick Moss play the blues on a cold, rainy evening bringing a familiar warmth to the night with a little help from Dave Specter.

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Mr. Clarke The Liberator

Stanley Clarke’s web site describes him as, “The Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses.” I can attest that it is decidedly so.

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The Charlie Brown Christmas Gig

To set the mood this holiday season, Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was performed at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective (JRAC) in Chicago by the Quentin Coaxum Quintet. The group featured Quentin Coaxum- trumpet, Hunter Jay Diamond- tenor sax, Stu Mindeman- piano, Andrew Vogt- bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery- drums. Paintings were created live in response to the music by Lewis Achenbach.

 

 

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Exhibition Continues

Exhibition Continues by Harvey Tillis

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Memory Chair

Memory Chair by Harvey Tillis

Memory Chair

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 11 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

These chairs were commonplace when I was growing up. Now I see them used more as antiques and decorating accents. I can still imagine the feel and hear the leather seat as I settled in. And what a big day it was when my legs were long enough so that feet actually touched the foot rest enough to flip it back and forth!

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Mr. Collier

Isaiah Collier performing at the 2016 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago.

Program notes said: “A graduate of ChiArts High School and first year student at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA, saxophonist Isaiah Collier has been turning heads in Chicago since his parents encouraged him to learn to read and play instruments fluently. Isaiah won the Kiewitt-Wang Award (2013) from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and has toured with Bobby Watson in Texas. He is a member of his family jazz band where he performs with his father, mother and two brothers. He has played with Joan Collaso, Charles Heath, Victor Goines, James Perkins, Bobby Broom, Ernie Adams, Robert Irving III, and Joshua Ramos in venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Du Sable Museum, Jazz in the Courtyard, Room 43, Operation Push Convention, and Café Logan. Isaiah has played at the Jazz Showcase with the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Quintet led by saxophonist Antonio Hart, receiving praise from Howard Reich as “the standout.”” Not bad for a man in his early 20’s.

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Hot Summer City Night

Hot Summer City Night by Harvey Tillis

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 13.5 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

It was a humid, hot evening as we enjoyed another couple while eating on the patio at one of the best, funkiest Cuban restaurant’s I’ve ever been to, 90 Miles From Cuba, on Armitage. Loud music, noisy people, delicious empanadas, ceviche and a bottle of red. Dusk turned to night. People, cars and kids floated by. So memorable. A special time.

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Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction”

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman's "Science Fiction" by Harvey Tillis

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction”

From the Fine Art Project – Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14.6 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Use my simple form to purchase this or any prints. Galleries and art consultants welcome. Larger sizes for most images available on request.

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” was created after hearing the music performed on September 3, 2016 at Millennium Park in Chicago by the Bad Plus. Artists included Ethan Iverson piano, Reid Anderson bassist, drummer Dave King, Tim Berne on tenor sax, Sam Newsome soprano sax, and Ron Miles playing trumpet. The music moved me to look up Coleman and his free jazz music style as I waited for my bus ride home after the concert. Wikipedia says, “… Free jazz is an approach to jazz music that was first developed in the 1950s and 1960s as musicians attempted to alter, extend, or break down jazz convention, often by discarding fixed chord changes or tempos. Though the music of free jazz composers varied widely, a common feature was dissatisfaction with the limitations of bebophard bop, and modal jazz that had developed in the 1940s and 1950s…” I’ve been working through my own dissatisfaction with how photos look, how my photos look, and am exploring different styles and effects that express what I want to say and show. Here is one of my results.

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Micro-Brewery #1

Micro-Brewery #1 by Harvey TillisWish I had my view camera and a tripod with me when I saw this scene. I would love to have captured extreme minute details of everything there. I carefully composed, then shot best possible hand held at 3200 ISO. The orange lamp shade at left first caught my eye. After that the entire scene exploded in my mind. It isn’t a good document of what happens in that brewery. Rather, it underlines again that I see my art wherever I find it. Love the colors and lines. They brew some tasty barrel-aged beer there too. Whiner Beer Company

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Tito Plays Peruvian With Juan

Tito Carrillo by Harvey Tillis

Tito Carrillo

Peruvian night jazz music, dance and song were featured at Constellation in Chicago. Music was performed by Chinchano, a band lead by percussionist Juan Pastor and included Stu Mindeman on piano, Patrick Mulcahy bass, Tito Carrillo trumpet, and Rich Moore on alto sax and clarinet. Edward Carpio Salguero sang. The dancers included Ruben Pachas, Jessica Loyaga and Cyndy Hill.

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Agenda

Agenda by Harvey Tillis

“Agenda” by Harvey Tillis

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Women Of The Blues Gallery Exhibit

Here are four images I was fortunate to have included in a wonderful exhibit that opened the week of Chicago’s Blues Fest; Ann Harris, Brittany Howard, Sharon Lewis, and Shemekia Copeland. Lynn Orman Weiss organized this 60 image show titled, “Women Of The Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection.” Her efforts paid off with over 400 fans and patrons attending including a handful of women who were pictured. Here’s a photo of me with Sharon Lewis, one of my all-time favorite blues singers. What a treat!

Harvey Tillis at Women of the Blues Gallery Opening with Sharon Lewis.

Harvey Tillis at Women of the Blues Gallery Opening with Sharon Lewis.

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The JRAC Musicians & Artists Showcase

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 the Fareed Haque Quintet performed Chick Corea’s TOUCHSTONE album from 1982. The group included Fareed Haque on guitars, Reggie Thomas on piano/keys, Marlene Rosenberg on bass, Juan Pastor on Cajon/percussion, and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. That same night I had the delightful opportunity to showcase a portfolio of musicians and artists who have performed at JRAC, The Jazz Record Art Collective, over the past almost 3 years.

Harvey Tillis with gallery show of musicians and artists who performed at JRAC. Photo ©Philamonjaro, Phillip Solomonson

Harvey Tillis with gallery show of musicians and artists who performed at JRAC. Photo ©Philamonjaro, Phillip Solomonson.

This slideshow documents the portfolio. (All images ©2016 Harvey Tillis Photography. All rights reserved.)

JRAC events are produced by Chris Anderson and this gallery is a tribute to the work he has done in Chicago’s jazz community.

The Jazz Record Art Collective,” occurs every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St., in Chicago. Each month a new lineup of jazz musicians, painters, and photographers, perform and respond to a different earlier important jazz record and musician.

Many images from this showcase are available for purchase as 5×7, 11×14, 16×20, and 20×30 matted prints. Please contact me through this site for special pricing. Thanks!

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Zebulun Barnow at the Uptown Underground

Zebulun Barnow performs at The Uptown Underground in Chicago.

Zebulun Barnow performs at The Uptown Underground in Chicago.

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Roosevelt Old and New

The original Roosevelt University in front of their towering latest downtown building in Chicago.

The original Roosevelt University in front of their towering latest downtown building in Chicago.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

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Soon Famous Art

Paper pasted on a wall ready to be painted into a notable artwork.

Paper pasted on a wall ready to be painted into a notable artwork.

All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

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Remembering Hadid

Zaha Hadid. Photographer unknown so far (wish it had been me).

Zaha Hadid. Photographer unknown so far (wish it had been me).

Phaeno science centre in Wolfsburg, Germany Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Phaeno science centre in Wolfsburg, Germany Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Galaxy Soho By Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid died yesterday. Her work caught my eye and imagination years ago. She was fearless and strong. Her designs were thrilling. Here’s a link to the Guardian’s tribute, Zaha Hadid’s 10 best buildings in pictures.

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The Chi-Town Jazz Festival For Hunger Relief


This slideshow documents the 2016 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. World-class musicians donated their talents, venues donated their space, and volunteers worked together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients were Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. The Festival raised over $41,000 through 6 concert events. I’ve been documenting all seven years. Planning has already begun for next year. Details about the Festival are at chitownjazzfestival.org.

Musicians featured in this slideshow include Jim Gailloreto, Jill Kaeding, Cheryl Wilson, Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Greg Artry, Leandro Lopez Varady, Stu Miller, Makaya McCraven, Howard Levy, Larry Kohut, Justin Thomas, John Moulder, Ron Petrillo, Eric Schneider, Frank Catalano, Steve Million, John Sims, Juan Pastor, Mike Allemana, Tammy McCann, Reginald Robinson, Bruce Barth, and Sarah Marie Young.

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Mr. Puryear’s Sculpture

The Art Institute of Chicago presents a Special Exhibit "of over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures by Martin Puryear. This exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear's inspirations, methods, and transformative process."

The Art Institute of Chicago presents a Special Exhibit “of over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures by Martin Puryear. This exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear’s inspirations, methods, and transformative process.” Through May 1, 2016.

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Congratulations Theresa

Theresa Mah

Theresa Mah

Theresa Mah celebrating the news she had won the Democratic Primary for State Representative for the 2nd District that includes the Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods.in Chicago. With her is Chuy Garcia, former Mayoral candidate and a current Cook County Commissioner.

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