Category Archives: Digital Art


Amigo Loan

Amigo Loan by Harvey Tillis. Amigo Loan by Harvey Tillis. The local pawn shop in a Mexican neighborhood. Open Sundays too.

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Clark Sommers At JAM 2017

Clark Sommers During Jazz Appreciation Month 2017.

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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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Four Portraits In April

April brought me to some music projects including portraits of these four special people.

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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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Packed House

Packed House by Harvey Tillis. This scene is at Chicago’s Green Mill during the 1:00 AM Saturday night set. Music continues until 5. It just gets better and better.

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Portrait of Ryan Cohan

Portrait of Ryan Cohan by Harvey Tillis. It’s always a treat to hear Ryan Cohan, one of the most talented jazz musicians around. His work is always special whether playing, arranging or composing .

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Waiting With Tom

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

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Wojo At The Bike Shop

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

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Outtakes by Harvey Tillis. These are scenes at an event I recently photographed. They were not part of my assignment so I show them as outtakes from my own files.

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No Place Like SPACE

No Place Like SPACE by Harvey Tillis. Lucinda Williams Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL.

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Lucky Me!

Lucky me. Honorable Mention as an Editorial Photo Essay.

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Mr. & Mrs. Moss Play The Blues

Kate & Nick Moss play the blues at SPACE in Evanston, IL

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Mr. Clarke The Liberator

Stanley Clarke Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL

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The Charlie Brown Christmas Gig

Quentin Coaxum Quintet Performs Vince Guaraldi’s Chas Brown Christmas at JRAC in Chicago.

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Exhibition Continues

Exhibition Continues by Harvey Tillis. My street shooter instinct kicked in as I walked through this exhibit. It’s just built into me. How else can I explain this image?

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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.

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Mr. Collier

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

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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. Created after hearing the music performed by the Bad Plus.

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Tito Plays Peruvian With Juan

Tito Plays Peruvian With Juan by Harvey Tillis. Peruvian jazz was featured at Constellation in Chicago. Chinchano is lead by Juan Pastor and includes Stu Mindeman, Patrick Mulcahy, Tito Carrillo, Rich Moore.

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Agenda by Harvey Tillis. When I saw this arrangement of dishes and glassware during a luncheon shoot I remembered working as an assistant years ago to prepare and perfect a similar table top photo. Sometimes random and spontaneous is just fine.

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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 […]

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The JRAC Musicians & Artists Showcase

The JRAC Musicians & Artists Showcase by Harvey Tillis. Here is a portfolio slideshow of musicians and artists who have performed at JRAC, The Jazz Record Art Collective, over the past almost 3 years.

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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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Soon Famous Art

Soon Famous Art by Harvey Tillis. Paper pasted on a wall ready to be painted into a notable artwork. I often attend music events where different artists create paintings in response to the music. This image was created before the set began. I like it all as is. 

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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 […]

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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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Pretty Close To “As Good As It Gets”

Pretty Close to “As Good As It Gets” by Harvey Tillis. Joe Lovano and John Scofield Perform at SPACE in Evanston, IL.

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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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My Vermeer

My Vermeer by Harvey Tillis. The light on this scene in a coffee shop on a quiet afternoon caught my eye and captured my imagination. More than a little, often subtle, Photoshop work changed the surface, focus and overall lighting in this image.

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Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE

Richard Thompson by Harvey Tillis. Richard Thompson performing at SPACE in Evanston, IL. One of the truly great, enjoyable, straightforward, fantastic guitar-playing, creative musicians working today.

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Girls’ Night Out

Girls’ Night Out by Harvey Tillis is a moment in time on any Friday night in the city. I knew when I shot this that I wanted to create a painting-like quality for the image. Make faces just soft enough so they couldn’t quite identify the people. Emphasize the colors and mood of the evening. Provide lots to look at. I like “lots to look at.”

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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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The Curse Of Photography

The Curse of Photography by Harvey Tillis. I see potential images everywhere – this one as I passed a closed store late one night. Something about the lines and light…

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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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Rainy Highway

Rainy Highway by Harvey Tillis. My impression of a two lane country road through corn fields on a rainy afternoon.
I’ll take a two lane highway over an interstate anytime. This one cut through a tasseling corn field during a rain storm…

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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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