Last weekend I spent a couple of hours showing the teens of FreshLens some of Chicago’s great architecture.

If you’re not familiar with FreshLens, it’s a program meant to bring the arts, specifically photography, to teens of under-resourced areas of Chicago. Upon completion of the intro course, each teen receives a camera to further their exploration of photography. On their own or through the advanced class.

It really is a great program. I’ve had the privilege of being on the advisory board the last few years and have mentored a few teens, had them assist on shoots, and, most recently, a short photowalk.

Here’s some of what we shot together.

St Regis Chicago

An Urban Quilt shot I saw walking to the next building.

Aqua + Aon Center

Onto Millennium Park and the Pritzker Pavilion

First time I’ve seen snow on this! Above, the color version because I always like how the red seats here cast a pinkish hue on the stainless steel of the pavilion.

Now, for the BW + a few other takes here.

Last, we stopped by The Bean.

If you’d like to help out this great program. There’s an Annual Benefit on March 13. You can either attend or consider individual or corporate sponsorship. Check this page for more information on the program and the benefit.



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