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Chicago’s Indian Summer




A week ago, I had an entirely different post written for this day of Chicago’s Indian Summer. A solitary, 75-degree January day that ironically evidenced the plausibility of climate change, a day after the inauguration. But as the week turned grey, its sunny disposition did not correlate to internal greyscale. Looking back at these photos and the words associated with them, it is hard to fake warmth and brightness when I feel the opposite. It is nearly impossible to mask this perpetual state of disbelief, pain and frustration given the political climate.

Photography is an expression. An opportunity to compose and dissect and edit the world around me into an image that reflects what I see. I create pictures that are often bright and airy. I am an eternal optimist. Yet, it feels impossible to create an expression of a lie. Especially when freedom of expression is a farce. Freedom of expression is really the opportunity to express yourself in a way that feels familiar. A way that is not too different from others. A familiar dress, a familiar language, a familiar appearance.

I don’t want to create images that are untrue. Images that show the beauty of a place or a nation where the sentiment isn’t quite as beautiful. Especially a nation that lingers in internal conflict. I think I have an obligation to capture more than what is seen – and that is what is felt. In the next year, I am pushing myself to do so.  


Lincoln Park: South Pond

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Pond of my dreams. That is what I would call the South Pond in Lincoln Park. With beautiful paths, overflowing flower bushes and skyline views, there is literally nothing not to love about this space. The only thing stoping me from completely overtaking the South Pond was a group of high school age girls photographing each other in the sculpture. Yet, I managed to steal some of its attention for a picture or two. This city is so breathtaking. And I feel so guilty being here when I could be spending time with my family. Enjoy your time in Chicago. Wise words from my mother who tried to console me after major freak out when returning back to my apartment. Why had I left California so early? What was I to do with myself?

Hard to believe that soon enough I will bid farewell to one of my favorite cities until January. So yes, enjoy my time in Chicago.
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Somewhere in the midst of the Lincoln Park zoo – the South Pond is located. It is accessibly via the streets as well but our circumstances seemed to wind us through the zoo. An unplanned adventure that wove us between lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) – to be factual, we only saw a zebra, a kangaroo and a tiger. Side note: what do all those animals do during the winter time? Once we arrived at the spot, jumping photos ensued – in attempts to capture a different kind of “jumping emotion” that usual.Lincoln Park 28Lincoln Park 29