Quit Your Complaining
Tell the truth, on occasion, do you talk back
to the tv as you listen to yet another story about how this or that neighborhood has it rough? School closings, no parks, "Hey, give
it a rest already." How would you feel if the only playground your kid had to go to was a
makeshift play area in a wooded lot in the
shadow of the Skyway. This isn't someone's
backyard, it's at the end of a dead end street,
97th & Baltimore in South Chicago, along a
set of train tracks. Residents in Kenilworth or
Homer Glen wouldn't find this acceptable, why should these folks?
I See David Copperfield's Been Here
Standing on Achsah Bond Drive (Solidarity Drive to you younger members) looking at,
I mean for, the skyline. I'm sure this isn't unique but it's the first time I faced a wall
A quaint little neighborhood on the near north side.
Taken on a particularly nice and productive
Funny what you see when you're not looking for it. I'll drive thru Brighton Park and Pilsen
and it seems like there is not one empty lot.
In this case I was on a side street in Bronzeville and realized the block, for the
most part was empty, not just of people but also housing, except for this one. I joke that
with so many people moving to the community I'm in, there must be blocks in the city that are empty. I guess I found one.
I shot this during an unexpected storm with
a particular person in mind, intending to
present a copy of it. I found a few hours
later that I was three days late. I wasn't going
to post it, it's personal now but I thought I'd
show it before filing it away for good.
To me, it's a still life
INSPECTED by CS71
The Cermak Road bridge, west of Chinatown.
Tell 'em Mitch Sent You
The front entrance to the John Glessner
home on historic Prairie Avenue.
The Near South Side
Looking north from Roosevelt Road. I like this photo, a lot. I think it's because of the total lack of action, though just a few blocks to the west the weekly flea was going full bore, It's not a look of desolation but maybe relaxation. "Hey, it's Sunday, we're taking a break." Not much attention is paid to the near south side. Good, then it all feels fresh to me though I've been hanging out here for years.
This is the third and final version of this photo. Black & white, a split screen color &
b&w and this color shot. I can't pick a fave,
so all three were posted.
This is not a downstate burg but Lemont, Illinois, approximately 25 miles southwest of the city. This was taken in the middle of the day during the middle of the week. Some might consider this a place time has forgotten while others might wonder
about civic planning, or lack of it.
From dark to light, winter to spring. Changes need to be made.