Pharaoh At A Fair

Pharaoh At A Fair

Pharaoh At A Fair

This antique photo from a lost archive in the corner of an old library somewhere in the city depicts a forgotten ruler in an ancient land reminding me of the Shelley poem, “OZYMANDIAS,” and the lines,

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,

Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,

The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains: round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

No…wait. It’s just the front of a children’s ride at a summer street fair. It swings up and back, holding 2-3 squealing, screaming, laughing kids on warm nights surrounded by electric lights, the smells of carnival food, and clumps of every size and shape people slowly walking, talking. I worked it up in Photoshop. It was late at night in winter when I just had to create an image. Looked through many photos on file, then came to this one. Pushed and pulled, cropped, removed then added color. A nice experiment. Sorry for the confusion.

 

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Arnie’s Liquors

I am fascinated with city street corners. Sometimes I process them into paintings where you only see brush strokes and the effect of Photoshop filters. In this image I wanted to see a straight photo with details. Feels just right to me. I love the people walking along, each in their own world. Arnie’s is closed at this time of day, but may be open all night long. A street corner is prime space.

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New Stop Food & Tobacco

New Stop Food & Tobacco

New Stop Food & Tobacco

Little grocery stores like this one are all over the city. Buy a slushie, a sandwich, basic groceries for cooking, and don’t forget your lottery tickets. I found this one on a rainy, cold day in January. Photoshop helped me achieve the feeling I wanted by using a variety of adjustments and artist filters.

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Buy Sell Trade Fix At The Corner Of Kedzie And Somewhere

Buy Sell Trade Fix At The Corner Of Kedzie And Somewhere.

Buy Sell Trade Fix At The Corner Of Kedzie And Somewhere.

This is another example of my fascination with cityscapes and city corners. Here is a brief moment when there was no traffic moving through this usually busy intersection on the west side of Chicago. I shoot quickly as the design and color elements come together before me. Then they are gone. I have to do a book of city corners this year.

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Gail and Dave’s View

Gail and Daves View

Gail and Dave’s View

Since our friends were spending a long weekend in the city we planned to meet for dinner and to hear some music, but the bitter cold and Chicago wind made us rethink the evening. Instead we decided to just stop and hang out. We ordered food, relaxed, then caught up on so many events and stories that speed by in busy lives. We also made time to just look out the windows to enjoy their views of the night. I processed this photo into a painting using Photoshop filters, adjustments, and cross-hatching. Details are still there, but not like a photograph. Sometimes I think that implying what is there is more effective than showing it in sharp detail.

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A Home In The City

A home in the city.

A home in the city.

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Outside NMH

Outside NMH

Outside NMH

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A Summer Memory

A Summer Memory

A Summer Memory

I love to post a summer photo when the weather turns cold, the wind blows cold, and snow threatens.

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Pilsen Pizzeria Milan

Pilsen Pizzeria Milan in early Spring.

Pilsen Pizzeria Milan in early Spring.

We walked up 18th Street on the first warm night of Spring in Chicago. Everyplace looked interesting if not exciting. Even this pizzeria. I create my images from whatever moves me. In this case I preconceived that the image had to include the alley and it had to be converted into black and white. Since shooting with so little light leads to noisy (pixelated) images I decided to use Photoshop adjustments to minimize them which changed the final effect from being completely photographic to being, I don’t know, maybe a little more painterly.

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Smoked Fish & Fried Shrimp

Smoked Fish & Fried Shrimp are the best at Calumet Fisheries

Smoked Fish & Fried Shrimp are the best at Calumet Fisheries

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