Chicago

As the Uglysuits once sang, “Into a world of many, windy dreams…my mind, it took me to Chicago.”

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My plane landed around 8AM and with just a backpack and freshly baked loaf of bread, I boarded the “L” at Midway and journeyed to the South Loop. From there, I met Callie and we were non stop! From Garfield Park Conservatory and Millennium Park (Lurie Garden FTW!) to The Art Institute of Chicago and the 96th floor of the Hancock Tower, Saturday was a day well spent.

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And of course for dinner we wolfed down an entire Giordano’s pizza!

Sunday came too soon, and I briefly walked along Lakeshore Drive before enjoying Chez Wohletz’s (aka Callie and Jerry) freshly crafted frittata and butternut squash and apple soup!

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Till next time Chicago…

MoMA

Took my Canon Rebel and my 35mm lens out with me for a Saturday adventure with Georger. I’d rather take photos of people, so when we went to the MoMA (my first time!) I turned my camera to the faces around me.

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I didn’t think I’d see an entire exhibit dedicated to Yoko Ono and one “performance piece” made me scream in fright. Elsewhere was Jacob Lawrence’s exhibit on The Great Migration, which made me feel bad about not getting through The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, but seeing an first edition of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand was a real treat…

Lunar New Year 2014

When it comes to posting photos that I take with my Canon, I’m notoriously slow. For example, I went to China for a week during the summer of 2011 and I have yet to go through all those photos or write about the trip. See?

But now with my new found fascination with Lightroom, I felt inspired to start digging through the messy archives. Today I stumbled upon a handful of photos from Lunar New Year 2014. With my Canon slung about my neck I ventured toward Hester + Mott to capture what I could. Faces always amaze me; there are stories etched there…

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I remember the sidewalks were so packed that I lost cell phone service and when I finally walked to TriBeCa my phone exploded with texts of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing…

Alissa’s Kodak

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One thing that is true: You can never stop learning. I’m lucky to have access to Adobe Creative Suite and am teaching myself as much as I can for as long as I have this software suite. I’m pretty good with Photoshop and Illustrator and still need to hone my InDesign and Premiere skills, but my latest foray has been with Lightroom and VSCO.

I took this picture of Alissa on Governor’s Island a few week’s back and played with VSCO’s free software download of presets that emulate analog film. The above photo took after Kodak Tri-X.