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Memory Chair

These chairs were commonplace when I was growing up. Now I see them more as antiques and decorating accents. Continue reading

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Mr. Collier

Isaiah Collier performing at the 2016 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Photo by Harvey Tillis. Continue reading

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Hot Summer City Night

… eating at one the the best, funkiest Cuban restaurant’s I’ve ever been to, 90 Miles From Cuba on Armitage. Continue reading

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

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” was created after hearing the music performed by the Bad Plus. Continue reading

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Micro-Brewery #1

inside the Whiner Beer Company brewery in Chicago. Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Old and New

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Remembering Hadid

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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Doorway 1221

Found in the old Pilsen neighborhood, this is the entrance to what is now an apartment building in a funky changing section of Chicago. The lights were coming on as the city changed into night. Street light illuminates the outside … Continue reading

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My Vermeer

More than a little, often subtle, Photoshop work changed the surface, focus and overall lighting in this image. All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

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Girls’ Night Out

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Late Night Business

…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. Continue reading

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West On Randolph At State

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

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Rainy Highway

I’ll take a two lane highway over an interstate anytime. This one cut through a tasseling corn field during a rain storm. I photographed in color, but the feeling was for toned black and white which is what you see … Continue reading

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Beautiful City Light

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Chicago Board of Trade

As of today, July 6, 2015, almost all open outcry pit trading on Chicago’s commodity futures exchanges will cease. Computers replaced the trading floors. This 300 piece collage was created in 1989 when the scene was quite different. LaSalle Street and … Continue reading

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Ready Tables

Early in the evening, before the working crowd arrives for drinks, recapping of the days’ events, and the making of plans for tomorrow, dining tables wait patiently in the warm, friendly supper club. Photoshop levels and luminance adjustments, a few masks, … Continue reading

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Fisher Building, Chicago

This building, with ornate details and solid footprint, has always been a favorite of mine. I stared at the details over this entrance for a very long time, finally deciding to include a piece of the old elevated train section which may have … Continue reading

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Waiting For The Subway Train

It was a quiet moment in one of Chicago’s long, cavernous downtown subway stations. No sounds except the echoes of a busker somewhere with guitar, softly singing. A tired man sits with eyes closed waiting for the distant rumble of … Continue reading

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Needing Some Help From My Friends

I entered a competition, The Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award, and I’m asking you to vote for me AND…AND, briefly comment at the link below, just below the “Click to Vote” button, where it says, “Add a comment.” Spread the word … Continue reading

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Blue Line Subway Stop at Monroe

This is 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 … Continue reading

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Jazz Club Bar Scene

There are some wonderful places in the city to hear music. To me, this is the grandaddy of them all, Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase. I know, the Green Mill has been around since Al Capone days and its … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Home In The City

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A Summer Memory

I love to post a summer photo when the weather turns cold, the wind blows cold, and snow threatens. All artwork is available for sale as archival prints at saatchiart.com/harveytillis .

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Smoked Fish & Fried Shrimp

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A Fleeting Glance From The Middle Of Nowhere

I was the lone passenger as we speeded down an almost empty street in the poor section of a distant suburb racing to my next assignment. This site almost flashed by me. The colors and design caught my eye so … Continue reading

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Welcome Home!

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Drinks At Katarina’s

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Home For Lunch

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Spring Day In Pilsen

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Still Life

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Breakfast At White Palace Grill

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City Fog Before Morning

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Somebody’s Home

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Camouflage For A Spaceship

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Sunday Night, 11:13 PM

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Lifeguard Not On Duty Yet

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Cocktails at Green Mill

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival – Night #4 at Fitzgerald’s

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This is a Great Singer!

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival – Night #3 at Sheil and Constellation

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Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief at Two More Venues

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Hustling for Hunger Relief

The 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival is a 5 day, 9 venue charity event raising money for hunger relief in Chicagoland. All the clubs donate their space and cover fees. All the musicians donate their artistry. All the organizing and promotion … Continue reading

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Remembering Blues Fest

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Evening Dance – Winter

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Dollar Plus

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