Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wine and Cheese Anyone?

We’re excited to be apart of Art and Company’s photography show this April.  The opening is this Friday, April 1st at 7pm.  There are a number of other photographers that are part of the exhibit which should make for interesting viewing.  Elise and I will be there enjoying some wine and cheese, we hope to see you too.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Revolution at Cantigny

Ry and I had some fun last weekend reliving the revolution at Cantigny.  I think Ryan's sole reason for going with me was for education...... NOT!  His desires fell on a beautiful wooden sword.  They had a canon demonstration which was very loud, and battle where.... I won't ruin who won.  And finally a parade where they did many things that both Ryan and I remember from my time at Culver in our parades and his at Woodcraft parades.  Things like officers report, officer center, pass in review, and eyes right.  The saluting by officers with swords and troops with weapons was basically the same except they took a step back with one foot in the final move. 

It was also and opportunity to work with a new camera that we are using in the studio.  The camera has an extremely large sensor which affects the depth of field and how the subject is rendered, it gives the images a very interesting look and feel that is unique to the format.

Most of the events at Cantigny are free, there is a $5 charge for parking.  You can see the upcoming event by here.  There is a wonderful museum for the 1st Division, flower gardens and a tank park where you are allowed to climb.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Visit to Magritte

I had a chance to see the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute the other week and Wow what a site. The exhibit is coming to a close this next weekend and if you have a chance I urge you to go.

I remember as a young boy thumbing through books that my brother had of artist like Vasarely, Dali, Escher, and Magritte.  At the time he was very involved in painting in high school and had these books and his paintings around the house.  Being 8 years younger, these picture books were fascinating to me.  Little did I realize the impact these images would have years later, I only realized it after walking through the Magritte exhibit.   

About 15 years ago, I attended a workshop in Santa Fe where the instructor encouraged us to have a creative journal.  The idea was that our creativity was like a muscle and with practice every day we would become more able to tap into our creativity.  It didn't really matter what we did, write, draw, paste.  I followed the practice for quite a time and I started collaging.   I really enjoyed playing with the creativity.  I was most interested in taking image parts and recombining them to make interesting graphic juxtapositions and arrangements.  Playing with these compositions helps me practice my compositions I need to create for both portraits and product work.  I like to think I'm working on my sense of casual random organization.

I was actually told this by a photographer whom I worked with years ago when I was assisting in the in the city.  I was arranging colostomy bags and accessories in a “family” images.  I would arrange, light and take a polaroid of the grouping then show it to Dick for any changes or approval.   He remarked at the casual organization of the items, that it looked as if it was thrown out on the table but still had an organized quality.  I like my family images to have the same feel… casual and natural.

Which brings me back to Magritte….  All those books I looked at, the Sundays Dad dragged us to the Art Institute, The plays and concerts.  It all added up and helps to create the vision and foundation for my photography.  It reminded to give my kids the same exposure to art and culture that I had… you never know where it might have a huge impact in their future.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

An Afternoon To Nowhere

I took some time yesterday afternoon to take a drive. I ended up at the Midewin Prairie which is what is left of the old Joliet Munitions Plant, near 20,000 acres of national prairie. The remaining part of the plant has been used for an industrial site and the Lincoln National Cemetery.  

Most of the bunkers are still there and they make for an interesting destination.  Though the place is a little spooky, there is no one around.  On the way back to the car I spotted 3 turkeys crossing my trail about 10 yards ahead of me.  The Park Service runs event through their visitor center off of RT 53.  There is a car caravan tour coming up on the 13th that I'm going to try to get the kids to go.  They cover the history and show interesting spots on the site….. we’ll see.  Im always up for weird stuff like this.  This is a great place for some biking if your up for gravel rut roads.  Some of the trails are quite long and straight since they followed the railroad tracks that serviced the bunkers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last of the Summer

We went over this evening to Orland's Centennial Park West where the Trippin Billies were playing and it was a wonderful evening.  I couldn't resist the opportunity to shoot a bit.. though I did sit and listen to most of the concert.

No event would be complete without Ry showing off his level of boredom punctuated by a quick game of Frisbee

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm getting the hang of this

I love it when friends come into town.... I get to abuse them.  Brian stopped down from the north side to try out Orland's finest cuisine.  I love to get together and chat business and family.  This time it was more about family, we have kids about the same age that getting back to school.  

Brian runs a photography business that is very different from mine.   His company, Picture Day, creates school portraits that are heads and should better than you than your typical school photos.  Our business’ are at opposite ends of the volume meter.  Where my sessions are counted in the hundreds he photographs over 15,000 kids a year.  Its aways good to hear a different perspective on the industry.

Im starting to get a good look going with the paper negative and my Deardorff.  Its been a nice summer, but too many distractions.  Im starting to look for create portraits with this process as an art project.  Im on the hunt for worthy cause or group that’s open to something different.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It takes all kinds

I was in Homewood on Saturday visiting a client and seeing their new office and on the way back home I stopped at the tracks in downtown to see this motley crew pushing a load back into the Markham Yard.  I admit that I am a bit of a rail fan and its like coming home since I grew up not far from hear in Flossmoor.  I fondly remember, on these hot summer nights as a boy with the windows open, going to sleep to the sounds of the engines straining to pull their load out of the yard.  I find the sound of the rail road much more enjoyable than the jet plains coming overhead going to Midway.   Now, when Im up late I have a nice reminder as the 12:30 Metra makes its last run through Orland.  Surprising how some things keep coming back, I wonder what sense memories my kid will look back on fondly.