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50 Portraits – 24

Exposure: 1/320 sec – Aperture: f2.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/640 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/60 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: f1.8 – ISO: 400 – Focal Length: 28mm
Lens: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Killers, Shellac, Lounge Ax Comp, 1996 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #24 is Jay

about 3 years ago, my wife was looking through the Chicago Reader for stuff to do on a random weekday with her lady friends. she found the perfect distraction. after lunch with the ladies, they all wandered over to the now defunct Mystery City Gallery on Halsted and Armitage in Lincoln Park. holding his second ever painting show and first solo art exhibit was none other than the screen printing guru of chicago, mr. Jay Ryan. i got a phone call from outside of the show. “hey babe, remember that poster guy you like? he’s doing a solo exhibit of his paintings. i really think we should buy one”. one slight arm twist later and we are the proud owners of a Jay Ryan original. after a few weeks of eating ramen and lettuce for dinner, we met the man himself at the gallery while picking up the painting. it was awesome. fast-forward 3 years and i emailed Jay to see if he’d help out with my 50 Portraits Project. he said yes. Jay, his wife (an accomplished illustrator, screen printer, etch-er-ist, and painter whose credits include posters, CD covers, and lots of incredible fine art) Diana Sudyka, and their greyhound Seth reside on the north shore while Jay runs one of the best poster/screen printing houses in the country (especially if you need a poster for your band). his now legendary tour posters for Fugazi, The Pitchfork Music Festival, Shellac, Hum, Andrew Bird, and his own band, Dianogah hang in dorm rooms, offices, living rooms (including mine), and countless art galleries. his work has been compiled and published and his mark on chicago indie music and art scene is cemented in the fact that you know you’ve hit the big time if you get to play a show with Dianogah or if Jay designs a poster with your band’s name on it. it was an honor and pleasure to photograph him in his studio known as The Bird Machine. SIDE NOTE: Jay has quite a collection of old school Powell Peralta boards including a couple of original Mike McGill signature models. Bones Brigade Boo Ya.

the music:
shellac. what can i say about a band that only tours a dozen shows a year, releases an album every 6 years, and sells the same t-shirt that they designed in the late 1990’s? these guys really do take their art very seriously. they just don’t do it quickly. their live shows are highlighted by joke telling, question taking, team drumming, and inside jokes that they’ve been pulling for years. they never cease to entertain. fronted by the snarky (and photographed) Steve Albini and Bob Weston, Shellac are the second most seen band in my concert going history. they have a long way to catch up to Ted Leo and his Pharmacists. but some day… maybe. buy their records. you won’t be let down if you like underground grinding post punk played on Travis Bean guitars with metal picks through homemade amplifiers. this track is from the last ditch effort to save the infamous chicago venue, Lounge Ax.