If you read the recent post about my image, Make No Little Plans, then you know I’m working on this new series The White City. Inspired by novel The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Sunday I had the chance to shoot a little bit, first at the University of Chicago’s Mansueto Library, and since I was in the neighborhood where the 1893 World’s Fair took place I thought it would be a good idea to drive through the two parks, Washington Park and Jackson Park, and the Midway Plaisance for a little inspiration.
I’m on the fence about including these images to be part of this series since my intent was to stick with architectural images but landscape architecture is a huge part of this book and this city, then and now. Frederick Law Olmsted, the park’s architect, was deeply involved in shaping the aesthetics of the fair. He was also very prominent in landscape architecture throughout the country designing some of our most well known parks, most notably Central Park in New York city.
So, to some extent, I feel like images from these areas are integral to the story. They may or may not make the final cut once I complete the series but for now I’ll share them with you….it is a work in progress.