Street photography – An Annual Halloween Tale. I was hurrying to my car parked under elevated tracks on a dark rainy Halloween night in the city. A train overhead thundered by – this building came into view – then silence. No people or cars around. Street light, moonlight, and a few windows lit from inside too, especially bright in the tower. What might be happening there? I quickened my pace. Oooooo… See “Prints for Sale” above.
Category Archives: Documentary
Street photography – the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago’s Hyde Park early every June. Soon to be tan legs of all ages testing out the day’s warmth. Shadows on the sidewalks from bright new green leaves overhead. The feel of warm breezes – finally! I remember this scene and these moments especially today, a gray day with snow showers this morning. Button up, buckle down, get ready for the long winter. Just don’t forget the Fair will come again. For sale in https://harveysphotoart.com
Street photography – I love ivy covered buildings and this one looked like it had gone crazy. For all I know it has been completely covered by now and has blended in to the surrounding foliage of trees and yards. I can imagine walking into one of its walls if I wasn’t paying attention. The signage says it is used for storage, but I think it is the perfect size to create a living space for leprechauns. For sale in “Prints For Sale” above.
Architecture – This building is on the corner of a six way intersection. Buses, shops and banking on some streets. Homes and apartment buildings down others. An old building with a history of many incarnations…at the end of a normal work weekday as passersby move along in their own worlds oblivious to its majesty. For sale in “Prints For Sale” above.
Street photography – A busy storefront in Chicago’s Little Village. Abundant signage seems to imply you can get almost anything you need right here. Travel and tours, legal advice, tax prep. And for good measure there’s clothing to the left, tacos to the right, and a Dollar Store just across the street. For sale in “Prints For Sale” above.
Jazz musicians – 1/31/20, The Ari Brown Quartet performed at Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Ari Brown on tenor sax, Kirk Brown piano, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and Avreeayl Ra on drums.
Architecture. …The city’s afternoon light was changing to dusk. Office lights brightened. Looking down I saw workers begin to travel back to their homes using taxis, buses, cars, and walking to nearby commuter train stations. Evening rush hour had begun. Afterwards, as I processed this image I felt that it required more than an exact representation of the time.
Fine art photography available at “Prints For Sale” above. … the bar was readied and last minute checked. Then came the wait for doors to open. This image was created during the wait. My capture isn’t a still life, it is a low light moment in time challenge. I had to quickly estimate the best possible exposure in order to collect enough raw pixels for processing so I could achieve what my mind saw. This image doesn’t have to be “perfect”, whatever that means. It just has to look “right” to me and it does.
Street photography. …”Looptopia” sounded like a good idea, but didn’t work out for more than two years. Happily, it did offer me an opportunity to capture and then experiment with this spontaneous scene in a crowded plaza very late one night. For sale at “Prints For Sale” above.
Architecture street photography. For sale in “Prints For Sale” above. This fast food fried and smoked fish shack is in a sparse urban landscape on Chicago’s south side at one end of a bridge over busy industrial water traffic. No seating. Cash only…if there is a heaven, a place like this is waiting on a bridge like this, always open with a welcome mat at the front door.
I was driving down the street minding my own business when this explosion of color caught my eye. Jammed on the brakes. Pulledover. Took in the scene. Standing there staring I became wrapped in the scent of delicious Mexican food. It was definitely time for lunch. Yes it was. This print and others are for sale at https://harveysphotoart.com.
Gourmet pizza, by the jumbo slice if preferred plus ribs, salads, pasta, soup and sandwiches. Since 1956. Just north of Irving Park on Western Avenue in Chicago. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. This print and more is for sale at https://harveysphotoart.com.
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…
SLIDESHOW – The city was asked to stay at home during Spring 2020. All clubs were closed. I decided to reach back to earlier dates as an exercise in remembering and enjoying some wonderful jazz and blues musicians. Here is the first of a series of slideshows to celebrate their talents. Photos include Guy King, Juan Daniel Pastor, Patricia Barber, Dana Hall, Hunter Jay Diamond, Quentin Coaxum, Paul Wertico, and Isaiah Collier.
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.
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.
SLIDESHOW – Chris Greene Quintet performed Stan Getz ‘s CAPTAIN MARVEL at the Jazz Record Art Collective. The visual artist was Abena Motaboli. Chris Greene on reeds, Damian Espinosa piano/keyboards, Marc Piane bass, Steve Corley drums. Chris Edwards percussionist
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.
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.
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.
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.