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.
Category Archives: Street Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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…
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.