Skyspace by James Turrell

james turrell, skyspace, uic

I’ve been in a serious funk lately with no motivation to shoot or create anything new. As I often teach, getting out of ruts like this sometimes takes a little forcing. Granted, sometimes you need a break to do other things and rest. But at a certain point, it’s simply about getting back in the […]

Constellation, Take I by Santiago Calatrava

Chicago is finally getting a little something by Santiago Calatrava! For a long time, the closest piece of architecture we’ve had from him is the Milwaukee Art Museum, which, of course, is one of his best! While not nearly close to this scale, we’re having a sculpture titled Constellation installed at River Point Park. I […]

COVID19 Signage | Forcade Associates

We’re all adjusting to the new COVID19 affected world. To help make that a bit easier, wayfinding and graphic design company, Forcade Associates created this signage. They recently asked me to document this at 111 E Wacker & 233 N Michigan.

Student Images from our 2019 Chicago Workshop

For the third year, we led a workshop in Chicago. This has become one of our favorite workshops and a city that is very popular with attendees. As always, we were impressed by our students and the images they got during the workshop. While the post-workshop critique is for students to get feedback about their […]

Architect Spotlight | Studio Gang, Chicago

We’re starting a new feature on the blog where we plan to spotlight a specific architect and various building’s they’ve designed. Whether in one city, like today’s post, or various cities. We thought Chicago would be a good place to start, as well as featuring a Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang Architects. Certainly one of our […]

Chicago Skyline

chicago skyline

Earlier this month I was invited by Chicago’s First Lady Cruises to take part in an Instagram meetup for photographers. We spent 2 hours cruising the lake and river during sunset and blue hour on a beautiful fall night. The light on the northern edge of Trump Tower was beautiful. A couple of shots of […]

Chicago Private Workshop Recap – late May

May was the start of 1on1 workshops for the year. Just before Memorial Day weekend I spent a full day with someone visiting from London. His first time in Chicago so he wanted to check out as much as possible during our time together. We covered a lot of ground, walking about 9 miles and […]

Lincoln Park Pavilion – cityscapes & abstracts

lincoln park pavilion, studio gang architects, chicago architecture

It’s rare one location works well for both cityscapes and abstracts, but the Studio Gang-designed pavilion along Lincoln Park’s nature boardwalk is one of those ideal locations. Starting wide, you can use the pavilion to frame a portion of  Chicago’s skyline. Either from inside the pavilion for a more fill-the-frame perspective or stepping back and […]

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

mca, josef paul kleihues

One of my favorite subjects to photograph are staircases, especially a good spiral staircase. And one of the best in Chicago is at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Located just off the Mag Mile, and one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues, the current location was designed by Josef Paul Kleihues, opening […]

CPC Abstract Architecture Workshop Recap, Winter 2018

Last December I was back at Chicago Photography Classes to teach a 2-day workshop on abstract architecture photography. I had a small group of students but we had a great time together. We started off with a presentation on composition followed by a few hours photographing downtown. Our first stop was the atrium at the […]