Category Archives: Architecture Photography

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Entrance To The Blue Nocturne

Entrance to the intimate, stylish Blue Nocturne performance venue on the lower level of Chicago’s Chopin Theatre is through this tiny room.

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Thomas & Rockwell

FOR SALE IN MY SHOP – Discovered on a Sunday morning bike ride. The scene felt like a painting to me so I photographed it, then processed it to look like a painting.

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Greem Mill Cocktail Lounge Chicago

It’s unusual to see this normally crowded legendary jazz club empty. Covid time made it so. Here’s hoping it reopens very soon.

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Welcome to Summer

This sculpture is in the middle of an expressway in Chicago, not easily viewed when speeding by. She’s quite a beauty, open, warm, inviting, welcoming the way I think Summer should be. Her name is Magdalene. She was created by Dessa Kirk and my research found the following info…

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I Love Ya Tomorrow

I thought of this image during the Covid-19 2020 stay-at-home Spring and words from the musical Annie popped into my brain; “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love Ya, Tomorrow”. The song finishes “It’s only a day away”. I replaced that line with the word “Whenever” because right now I/we don’t know when life like the image above will return. 

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New Book Available Now

CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE … for a slideshow of performers and details about my book celebrating SPACE, the music hall in Evanston, IL during its first 10 years.

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2525 North South East West Any Street in the City

2525 North South East West Any Street in the City. This image is interesting to me by itself as a piece of architecture. It was captured during the 2020 Covid-19 stay at home order. It symbolizes doors closed and secured, people safe inside, stay away.

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Train Yard With Stairs

The interplay of light, shadows and lines at night attracted me to this scene in a Chicago Metra maintenance yard. This is a very noisy/grainy image which makes it look very graphic. I think that’s beautiful. It’s an “…in the eye of the beholder” kind of thing.

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Nightlife At The Jazz Showcase

Late night bar scene at Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase in Chicago where Tim Warfield brought his Jazzy Christmas crew to perform during the holiday. Sold out and rightly so.

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Documenting a Little Village Mural Project That Celebrates Community

SLIDESHOW – “Celebrando Comunidad”, is a stunning building-sized mural that wraps around Nuevo Leon, a restaurant at 26th Street and Lawndale Avenue in Chicago’s Little Village. The painting by local artist Elizabeth “Liz” Reyes celebrates Dia de Muertos and the importance of caring for loved ones, including those who came before us.

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Friendly Light On A Bitter Cold Night

A scene in the urban landscape processed to look like a painting. This diner’s sign in the window offering, “Coffee, Booze, Dessert,” known to some as the three basic food groups, caught my eye. A late night hang for body and/or soul.

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Documenting Creation of an Artwork

SLIDESHOW – Sculptor John Preus constructs and installs his project , Adaptation, in Keller Center for Harris Policy Lab at the University of Chicago. All photos by Harvey Tillis Photography.

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Documenting Jazz Gospel Inspired Handel

SLIDESHOW – 1/18/20 – The 15th annual concert of Handel’s classic Messiah was reimagined as a spirited jazz-gospel makeover at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre…and also kicked off the “Year of Chicago Music”.

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Chicago Athletic Association Building

The Chicago Athletic Association building on Michigan Avenue across from Millennium Park

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Street Fair in the Spring

Here is a city street fair with whirling rides seen through the leaves and branches of a tree in early Spring.

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Life Is Great, Be Cool To Each Other

The news is so extreme, divisive and tense that I had to pull this memory out from a pleasant bicycle ride through the city. “Life Is Great Be Cool To Each Other” is a graffiti artist’s mural in a quiet Pilsen neighborhood.

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Logan Blvd Western Ave Underpass

Street traffic in the rain at night.

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A Quiet Night In The City

A quiet night In the city on Christmas night.

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Patricia Barber at the Green Mill

12/23/19 – The Patricia Barber Trio performed at Chicago’s Green Mill during their regular Monday night residency. Songs from her highly praised latest album, “Higher”, were featured. Barber on piano, Larry Kohut on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.

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Kelly Sill At The Green Mill

To quote National Jazz Critic Neil Tesser, Sill’s “… oceanic tone carries on a Chicago  bass tradition that starts with Milt Hinton and runs  through such artists as Wilbur Ware and Rufus  Reid”… Here he accompanied Mike Jones on piano and Eric Montzka on drums at a recent Green Mill gig.

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Just Chairs

Chairs stacked in the corner of a music club. Soon they would be spread around the room for guests arriving that evening.

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Haunted On Lake Street

I was walking in the rain to my car along a dark street. An “L” train roared overhead as this building came into view. The corner restaurant had been closed for months. No signs of life around. Yet a few lights, especially in the tower burned bright. What could be happening there? I quickened my pace. Oooooo…

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Bridal Shop At Dusk On 26th Street, Chicago

Bridal Shop At Dusk On 26thStreet in Little Village, La Villita, a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago.

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1558 N Damen, Chicago

1558 N Damen in Chicago is one of the busiest elevated “L” train stations in the city after rush hour. Commuters walk or bicycle here, then train to and from their next destination. 

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Rocking Chair on the Porch of a Hyde Park Chicago Home

Rocking Chair on the Porch of a Hyde Park Chicago Home.

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Nicholas Tremulas at The Blue Nocturne

Nicholas Tremulus at The Blue Nocturne in Chicago, 8/25/19.

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Used To Be Used To Be

A used to be grand old home from more than a century ago on what used to be Grand Boulevard in Chicago.

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Two Doors To Doors

Entry to the elevated “L” platform to catch a Green Line rapid transit train at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street in Chicago.

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Choppers In The Sun

Choppers fast food restaurant at Ashland Ave and Wabansia in Chicago on a sunny day.

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Lexington Street Homes

Beautiful 100+ year old homes on Lexington Street in Chicago.

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Green Line Stop At Ashland

Waiting area on the elevated “L” platform to catch a Green Line rapid transit train at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street in Chicago.

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Bud Billikan Parade 2019

A scene at the Bud Billikan Parade 2019, “Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence”.

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Umbrellas Waiting

The full title of this image is, “Umbrellas On A Deck Late Friday Summer Afternoon Waiting For The Weekend To Begin.” This is a straight photograph. Available in Urban Landscapes at Prints For Sale.

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Revisiting The Nite Cap

The Nite Cap is a late night coffee house and bar.

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The Lookout

The Lookout is ornamentation I saw on an old elementary school while bicycle riding through a Humboldt Park neighborhood. 

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Dressed For Summer

A huge crowd basked in the sun at a neighborhood art fair. I saw this woman relaxing in the sun while she listed to a rock band on stage. Just taking it all in on an easy summer Sunday.

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Front Porch Stage at Blues Fest

Summer is here for sure when the Blues Festival kicks into gear. Here is how things looked in the park along Michigan Avenue. Sounded great. Looked great. Only got better after that.

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Beginning And End Of A Bus Line

Many buses end and begin their routes at this Navy Pier location in Chicago. Crowds jump on and off, then ride north, west or south to all parts of the city.

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Music Series in the Gallery

Andrew Spear plays music from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album as Aaron Wooten paintings look on at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective in Chicago.

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Wires On A Cloudy Day

“Wires On A Cloudy Day” Sometimes the gift is right in front of you. Simple. Obvious. I think this is a gift.

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Linda’s Flower Shop

“Linda’s Flower Shop” Here is my spin on a photo made to look like a painting. This scene helped me out when I wanted to do something thoughtful and fun for a friend in the hospital

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Lake Street Corner

“Lake Street Corner” … the curving shadows that the elevated tracks made on the street… lead me to eliminate all color. When I did I discovered new possibilities about what to include and how to crop this image making it look like a lithograph or etching. 

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Integrating Industrial Design With Nature

“Integrating Industrial Design With Nature” I shoot what I see and when I see something that is beautiful to me I have to capture it, then explore why. Here are lines and colors that could easily be dismissed unless I isolated them and experimented with colors and textures to arrive at a pleasing result.

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Howard Street Underpass

“Howard Street Underpass” This is a color photograph of a section of Howard Street in Chicago at night. All the elements seemed to be positioned just right. Processing for details and color was my exploration.

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Grand To Howard Blur

This is the Grand Avenue Subway Stop for trains going north to Howard Street. I captured it while exploring the use of blurs in projects. 

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Evening Rush Hour Begins

“Evening Rush Hour Begins” Looking down from the 67th floor of Willis Tower in Chicago. The light was changing as evening’s rush hour began. I added special effects to achieve this different treatment to what looked too “normal” to me.

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Evening Dance – Winter

“Evening Dance – Winter” Traffic patters make some interesting designs. Here is one captured from the 27th floor of a downtown Chicago building in winter toward the end of an evening rush hour. Buses, taxis, and commuters going every which way. 

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Duks At Night

“Duks At Night” A special place to find greasy salted French fries, char-broiled hot dogs, chili, and a beverage late on a cold rainy night. Proof that man is not rational. Yum!

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Urban Sketch #37

“Urban Sketch #37” There are times when I just have to make an image. Right now, wherever that may be. I captured this scene with my smartphone while riding on a bus. Later I cropped it and experimented with a wide variety of filters and adjustments to finally achieve this result. Making a photograph look like a painting, sketch, or etching is fine with me. The end justifies the means…even when you don’t quite know where the end is.

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Crossing State and Adams

“Crossing State and Adams” The challenge here was to change the scene so that people could not be identified. In the process I tweaked colors and made the architecture look like it had been painted. Shadows were fun to play with too. I like how they help frame the image.

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