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50 Portraits – 2 and 3

| currently listening to: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Neil Young, After the Goldrush, 1970 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #2 is jackie.
Portrait #3 is katrina.

when i spend enough time in one place i start to remember the way that light fills that space. the street i live on, the rooms in my house, the parking garage elevator, etc.. when i picture these places in my head, i remember the way that the light fills each space and how the perfect light will always look. with these next two additions (i am officially calling them Portraits #2 and Portraits #3 with the shared portrait being Portrait #2/3) to my 50 Portraits Series, i have started to cash in on my favorite lighting spaces. this happens to be the previously mentioned parking garage elevator lobby on the 8th floor across the street. i am in this building 6-7 times a week. in the afternoon, this glass room shimmers and shines with what can only be described as “awesome lighting”. thanks to both models for being good sports about it all.

the funny thing about undertaking this many portraits is to find unique settings, different models, and friends who will help you out along the way. as i sweep through my rolodex and my contacts list on my cell phone, i’m realizing just how much fun this project is going to be. i’m happy to be off to a good start.

the music:
this is such a sad song. i remember listening to it while laying down in my parents living room with the vinyl version of this record spinning around. this was always known as the song just before Southern Man but in a digital world, MP3’s have no order. sad but true. i’ll still listen to Southern Man though… it’s habit.

after the dishes are done

| currently listening to: New Hampshire, Matt Pond PA, Emblems, 2004 | LINK

the photography:
street photography to me is something that i enjoy doing more than any other kind of photography. as i have stated before, plop me in the middle of a city with a bus pass and my camera and i’m a pig in mud. here are some shots from around the loop and all the way out in logan square. the “effort” is not ironic. it’s the name of the skateboard company. these three photos were taken with my favorite two lens’, the bicycle and light in the parking garage were taken with a 24-70mm 2.8 zoom, and the skateboard pic was snapped with a 15mm fisheye. there’s something about a harsh florescent light bouncing off a parking garage cement floor that gives off the air of something sinister and creepy. i really like the ambience in that photo. the bicycle was chained across van buren from cal’s liquors just outside a taco shop.

it’s a great example of someone keeping an antique in tip top shape. i always wanted to stop whomever owned the bike just to ask them if the lamp worked. the paint job was in great shape too. the skateboarding shot is from a gray rainy day at the obelisk in logan square. james needed to get out of the house and i needed to not be in the fort for the day. it was a perfect stop before we went out to eat at el cid on milwaukee.

the music:
matt pond is from the same part of the country as i am and he’s the first singer songwriter that has captured the modern rural new england drive to live somewhere other than where you grew up. the pull of new york city and boston is so pleasing at 18 and by the time you’re 24, going home is all you can think about. it’s a gorgeous song about seeing family, laying in lakes, and relaxing. it’s what i want to do almost every day (if only someone would pay me to do so…).