I jumped off at the Jackson stop and began making some circles around the blocks here. The goal was to develop a feel for my surroundings and get comfortable in taking pictures of people. A form of getting the groove, per se. I may have approached this is a better fashion (ergo, remove my ear buds and ex out the music). The reason being, a closer connection and awareness of the subjects emotions are more difficult to attain when you have a hindered sense. In this case, my hearing. But I needed something to get my blood flowing, get my inspiration meter up and the tradeoff did not best my desire for tunes.

Listening to fine mix of soft, alt and hard rock, this gave me different emotions as I approached different areas. I truly think – in my work – this plays an important role in the imagery I see. It works for me, so to hell with the general rule of thumb, I shook off my initial reservations and continued.

The first of this series (above ground) was an interesting architectural circle I carried out. Hitting first Millennium Park with the intention of playing with the lines of the pole architecture that covers the frontal amphitheater area. I know this part of Chicago is cliche, but with the right technique, one can always bring a brush across the canvas with fresh paint. So after a few realignments attempting to dial in my frame I finally got the background parallels over laid with the curvature of the over heads.

During my walk, I was snuck up on by an elevated train. In my haste, I ended with a better shot than I anticipated. One that I did not appreciate until I got home and began clicking away in Lightroom/Silver Efex. Catching the background with such clarity and the top of the antiquely lightpole was pure luck. But hey, there is always a fine line between luck and an artistic eye. Hope you enjoy.