Category Archives: Architecture Photography

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On The Way To Dinner

We finished our drinks and walked out into the misting night. All was dark and quiet with only the factory in the distance hissing and puffing white smoke.

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Phil’s Kastle

There was so much visually going on I became haunted by the desire to get back to that neighborhood as soon as possible. About a week later I got my chance.

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Ms. Reid

“Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Tomeka Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble.”

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City Fire Escape

But I still like ’em because of the graphics they produce all day long. Revealing printed details easily seen on cloudy days, creating strong shadows on sunny days. They are a mess and tangle of iron rods that make perfect sense and save lives too. 

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Linda’s Flower Shop

And here is my spin on a photo that really looks like a painting of a place I didn’t know existed before, but sure helped me out when I wanted to do something thoughtful and fun for a friend. 

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Paris 1890’s Jazz Club Musicians

Paris 1890’s Jazz Club Musicians by Harvey Tillis. Some say this is a long lost sketch, found in the stacks of a Paris library, by a little known artist of the day, Marvin Lowtreck, while he was living in poverty in Paris in the late 1800s… And, the story goes, some other guy copied his style and name and became better known. Well maybe.

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Peaceful Resting Place

Peaceful Resting Place by Harvey Tillis. Time passed. Years passed. Now I visit when I’m in the neighborhood which isn’t often. Lost memories coming back. Good times and bad. It’s still important to me. 

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Lost

Lost by Harvey Tillis. This image was inspired while looking through a fashion magazine showing models in random European locations appearing not to be aware of the camera. Creating a sense of story in a single frame. 

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Lunch At The Pick Me Up Cafe

Lunch At The Pick Me Up Cafe…Without Rich by Harvey Tillis. Another salute to Edward Hopper. I must have seen one of his paintings in a book or magazine over the past few days.

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Mr. Broast

Mr. Broast by Harvey Tillis. Mr. Broast serves food late every night. The glow of this fast food shop late at night caught my eye. Glad there was no one parked in front.

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Bike And Bricks

Bike And Bricks by Harvey Tillis. I visualized how this image would look before it was shot. That fast! Saw it and knew it would look like a frame from a comic book panel.

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Corner Home Early Evening

Corner Home Early Evening by Harvey Tillis. The architecture, color, and quiet of this place caught my eye and imagination. No traffic, distant sounds, or people. Time to indulge in a feast of details.

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Tin Ceiling

Tin Ceiling by Harvey Tillis. …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…

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Armitage Building

Armitage Building by Harvey Tillis. 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.

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City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge

City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge by Joy and Harvey Tillis. This image was captured by Joy Tillis. I applied a variety of adjustments and filters to achieve this final result. 

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Small Town Pawn Shop

Small Town Pawn Shop by Harvey Tillis.  This is the lone building on a block off Main Street on the way out of a small town. Looked ominous. No activities nearby. No cars or sounds. Couldn’t see in. Should I explore?  Just say I’m looking around? Maybe next time I pass by. 

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Lake Street Corner

Lake Street Corner by Harvey Tillis. The shadow that tracks cast on the street at this corner caught my eye. Making the image graphic and etching-like, eliminating all color came to me in processing. Tight cropping finished this idea.

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Spring Flowers In The City

Saturday Afternoon Spring Flowers In The City by Harvey Tillis. Found these flowers on State Street one sunny morning. This version looks like a painting.

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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. 

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Alone At Last

Alone At Last by Harvey Tillis. …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.”…

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Entrance To Platform Here

Entrance To Platform Here by Harvey Tillis. The remains of these stairs implies to me a once busy route to the commuter train stop above. It’s just a memory now. The scene implied the past so my goal was to re-create that mood.  

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Alterations Men & Women

Alterations Men & Women by Harvey Tillis. Found a beautiful storefront walking through a new neighborhood. Photoshop filters and adjustments helped me explore and present the details. In the process the image took on a life of its own and revealed how it could look to me. That’s the beauty of creating art.

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Zebulun Barnow at the Uptown Underground

Zebulun Barnow At The Uptown Underground by Harvey Tillis. I first met Zeb when he performed with Big Time, the Tom Waits tribute band, and I quickly became one of his biggest fans. He is endlessly animated, creative and musically talented. Fun to be around too.

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Roosevelt Old and New

Roosevelt Old and New by Harvey Tillis. The original Roosevelt University in front of their towering latest downtown building in Chicago. How’s this for big architecture hiding right in front of me!?! Requirements for seeing: turn head, take time to look. 

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Urban Impressionist Street Photography – Sort of…

Urban Impressionist Street Photography – Sort of… by Harvey Tillis. My impressionist view of touring in downtown Chicago.

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Doorway 1221

Doorway 1221, Night by Harvey Tillis. The entrance to a building in one of Chicago’s older neighborhoods.

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Late Night Business

Late Night Business by Harvey Tillis is another example of street photography and an homage to Edward Hopper who greatly influenced the way I see. I leaned back from my screen to view how it all looked and instantly realized that I had channeled Edward Hopper’s influence into the image…again.

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Outside Andy’s

Outside Andy’s by Harvey Tillis. …a cool Friday early Fall night in Chicago. Looking west I saw a riot of colors and motion.

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Richard’s Bar

Richard’s Bar by Harvey Tillis. A favorite street shooting scene.

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Body Language

Body Language by Harvey Tillis. I have never seen public transportation decorated so completely as in this car. It practically screamed, “I dare you not to photograph me.” So I did.

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Twilight At Mill Park

Twilight At Mill Park by Harvey Tillis. A section of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago at one of the last concerts …

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Lily Pads Along The Mississippi River

Lily Pads Along The Mississippi by Harvey Tillis. There were lily pads as far as I could see along this stretch of the Mississippi. I wanted to explore presenting them in a different way. Here you go.

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My Mystery Building

My Mystery Building by Harvey Tillis. I cannot say which street this building is on, but do remember that there was no address…

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Small Town Summer

Small Town Summer by Harvey Tillis. I saw this scene on a muggy, hot afternoon while driving through one of the very small towns that dot the banks along the Mississippi River in Illinois. It was totally quiet with no traffic on this Main Street…

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West On Randolph At State

West On Randolph At State Street by Harvey Tillis. In downtown Chicago at the end of a morning rush hour.
I was attracted by the vertical lines and signage. Photoshop helped me bring out some details and contrast, but most of all emphasized the brightness of this scene.

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Beautiful City Light

Beautiful City Light by Harvey Tillis. Some people find beauty in mountain landscapes. Seascapes. Gardens. I love them too. Love this as well. Mood, light and angles. Beautiful city light in the afternoon on one of Chicago’s busy streets.

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And The Letter Said…

By Harvey Tillis. …the letter said in part, “It’s been an honor to show your photography as part of the Fifth Annual Exposure Award…Your photography was included in the Architecture Collection and was presented at a private reception hosted at Musee du Louvre, 75058 Paris…

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LaSalle Street Looking South

LaSalle Street Looking South by Harvey Tillis. This 300 piece collage was created in 1989 when the scene was quite different. LaSalle Street and the Board of Trade were in the heart of the city’s financial district. This is a 40 x 40 inch limited edition print. $900. Art consultant, designer and gallery inquiries welcome. Please contact me for details.

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Fisher Building, Chicago

Fisher Building Chicago by Harvey Tillis. Completed in 1896 The Fisher Building was designed by Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham. It was the 2nd tallest building in the city at the time…

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Bridge Over The Fried Shrimp Shack

Bridge Over The Fried Shrimp Shack by Harvey Tillis. I love this bridge and the curves that lead to it from either direction. It also reminds me that a favorite old fish smoke house…

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Industry Integrating With Nature

Industry Integrating With Nature by Harvey Tillis. A rusting, industrial structure set in a landscape of baren trees and pavement…

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Aficionados

Aficionados by Harvey Tillis. …When they finished a jam session began at 1. A cordial, varied crowd pulled in by the music and the history of the place. I looked around and decided to photograph the listeners instead of the performers…

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Broadway Detour

Broadway Detour by Harvey Tillis. …This scene popped up in front of me at a red light. I quickdrew my camera, composed, shot, the light turned green and off we went.

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Xpress Food Mart

Xpress Food Mart by Harvey Tillis. …This corner grocery store was the only building at an intersection in a far southside, low income suburb. The other three corners were empty lots. No customer traffic outside. Dark inside, yet open for business.

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Intersection of State and Adams

Intersection of State and Adams by Harvey Tillis. …These days I continue to experiment with shifting from the literal nature of straight photography to a more impressionistic look…

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Blue Line Subway Stop at Monroe

Blue Line Subway Stop at Monroe by Harvey Tillis. …the subway station we waited at for the ride home on a beautiful Saturday afternoon after seeing the A. J. Motley exhibit at the Cultural Center, after having lunch at the Middle Eastern restaurant my wife found in the back of a jewelry store, after meeting Dana at Flax who told us about a wonderful photographer…

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Jazz Club Bar Scene

Jazz Club Bar Scene by Harvey Tillis. …”Listen kid,” said Joe, “if you like it it’s good. If you don’t it isn’t.” Still works for me today….

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Before The Event Began

Before The Event Began by Harvey Tillis. …I was attracted by the light. Didn’t want a straight photo. Didn’t want to be able to identify anyone. Just wanted to present the feel of the time and place…

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At The Concert

At The Concert by Harvey Tillis. …I looked around as the lights dimmed and saw this scene. Everyone was looking at the stage, but I was looking at the room…

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Pharaoh At A Fair

Pharaoh At A Fair by Harvey Tillis. 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…

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