Edgy fashion and football. Is there any other way to spend your Sunday? I’m calling today’s shoot “Two Beers and a Runway” because Molly Morettes and other up-and-coming Chicago designers turned Moher’s Pub into a runway. Check christyre.com later this week for the full shoot. Cheers to the designers and models today.
I’m always trying to “look beyond” and in these couple images I’m doing it in the physical sense. I took these similar looking compositions on back to back days in two completely different settings. The top image is taken from a mountain overlooking the countryside in northwest Vermont, not too far from Burlington. The following day at rougly the same time, I hiked up to the highest point I could find in Montréal (my first Canadian city) and I found a similar view, but this time overlooking the cityscape.
The weather is getting cooler in Chicago and I have been working with winter imagery the past week and a half at work. When I saw this week’s photo challenge it instantly reminded me of this lonely walk of solitude. It’s a long exposure I took a couple of years ago in a forest preserve northwest of the city. The sun sets quickly in early December, but the numbness sets in quicker.
I’ve been walking around the loop all evening so I don’t feel like typing much. Although it really doesn’t matter because these photos speak for themselves. I met a lot of awesome, passionate people tonight. It was a beautiful night for a protest and the unity tonight was incredibly powerful and beautiful. Here’s to standing up for what you believe in and sending the world a message. Tonight was the newest chapter in Chicago history. More photos to come in the week ahead…
For this particular photo I parked on the shoulder of a highway in Wisconsin, grabbed my camera, and sprinted across the street into an abandon barn that had caught my eye on the drive. I began snapping a few photos when I received a text from my girlfriend who was still sitting in the passenger seat. She told me although the barn may look abandoned, she’s fairly confident that it’s owned by the people that live in the small house across the street from it (who she could see through their back window). She kindly suggested that I get my ass out of there before there’s a bullet in it. Despite her warning, I took a few more shots (like this one) before I booked it. I then Frogger-ed my way across the highway back into my car where I floored it happy and bullet wound free.
I, like many other photographers, love street photography. I too, like many photographers, have been asked by security to stop shooting when on or near private property. A few years ago, London put into place a bizarre law preventing photography in particular places as part of their Terrorist Act. Over the summer, the London Street Photography Festival produced a film entitled, “Stand Your Ground” which directly addresses shooting in public/private spaces on the streets of London and how the law handles it.
As a street photographer myself (who lived in London briefly), I love this short documentary. I’d encourage photographers and world travelers alike to check it out.
Here’s the synopsis… “On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4. All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers. All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action. This is what happened.”