Category Archives: Street Photography


Linda’s Flower Shop

And here is my spin on a photo that really looks like a painting of a place I didn’t know existed before, but sure helped me out when I wanted to do something thoughtful and fun for a friend. 

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Paris 1890’s Jazz Club Musicians

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 is 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.

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Peaceful Resting Place

Peaceful Resting Place by Harvey Tillis. Time passed. Years passed. Now I visit when I’m in the neighborhood which isn’t often. Lost memories coming back. Good times and bad. It’s still important to me. 

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Lost by Harvey Tillis. This image was inspired while looking through a fashion magazine showing models in random European locations appearing not to be aware of the camera. Creating a sense of story in a single frame. 

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Lunch At The Pick Me Up Cafe

Lunch At The Pick Me Up Cafe…Without Rich by Harvey Tillis. Another salute to Edward Hopper. I must have seen one of his paintings in a book or magazine over the past few days.

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Mr. Broast

Mr. Broast by Harvey Tillis. Mr. Broast serves food late every night. The glow of this fast food shop late at night caught my eye. Glad there was no one parked in front.

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Bike And Bricks

Bike And Bricks by Harvey Tillis. I visualized how this image would look before it was shot. That fast! Saw it and knew it would look like a frame from a comic book panel.

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An Ice Cream Kind Of Night

An Ice Cream Kind Of Night by Harvey Tillis. Stopped at a favorite place during the drive home for one last treat after a perfect July 4th weekend.

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Corner Home Early Evening

Corner Home Early Evening by Harvey Tillis. The architecture, color, and quiet of this place caught my eye and imagination. No traffic, distant sounds, or people. Time to indulge in a feast of details.

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Tin Ceiling

Tin Ceiling by Harvey Tillis. …The first loft I lived in had a tin ceiling that was endlessly graphic and exciting. This one had a different pattern, but was equally cool…

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Where You’r At

“Where You’re At” by Harvey Tillis. I was exploring new bicycle routes to and from the Logan Square Fresh Market one stunningly beautiful perfect Sunday morning. My street took me past a large empty lot. There might have been a factory on it for decades.

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57th Street Art Fair

57th Street Art Fair by Harvey Tillis. This art fair is a must for me. It’s the first one I make an effort to attend every year for at least the past 20 years.

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Armitage Building

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.

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City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge

City Living/Kinzie Street Bridge by Joy and Harvey Tillis. This image was captured by Joy Tillis. I applied a variety of adjustments and filters to achieve this final result. 

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Small Town Pawn Shop

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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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LaSalle Street Looking South

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.

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Fisher Building, Chicago

Fisher Building Chicago by Harvey Tillis. Completed in 1896 The Fisher Building was designed by Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham. It was the 2nd tallest building in the city at the time…

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Waiting For The Subway Train

Waiting For The Subway Train by Harvey Tillis. Quiet time in the subway station as a man sits, eyes closed, waiting for the distant rumble of his train…

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Bridge Over The Fried Shrimp Shack

Bridge Over The Fried Shrimp Shack by Harvey Tillis. I love this bridge and the curves that lead to it from either direction. It also reminds me that a favorite old fish smoke house…

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Industry Integrating With Nature

Industry Integrating With Nature by Harvey Tillis. A rusting, industrial structure set in a landscape of baren trees and pavement…

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Parked. by Harvey Tillis. Cleaning equipment parked by railroad tracks on a quiet, sunny morning.

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Aficionados by Harvey Tillis. …When they finished a jam session began at 1. A cordial, varied crowd pulled in by the music and the history of the place. I looked around and decided to photograph the listeners instead of the performers…

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