Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg

I went to take photos of the fountain. But that’s not what I saw.


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Cloud Gate

Moving back to Chicago was never a plan of mine, but I find that there are endless compensations. Mostly pastries. There’s also something inarticulably lovely about being able to choose to spend one’s lunch hour looking at world-famous paintings or instagram-famous sculpture.


Construction on Cloud Gate began the very month Facebook sprang into existence. It opened two years later, less than 60 days after Twitter began tweeting. Did anyone anticipate how timely Anish Kapoor’s sculpture would be? What could better encapsulate the past ten years than a massive, reflective surface—one which could be used to obtain a broader scope of the viewer’s surroundings, but that people mostly use to gaze at themselves?

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If you want to become a more patient, more careful, more sparing, more hipster photographer, word on the street is you buy a film camera. (My very uncool 8-year-old self who once spent an entire roll and a half of film trying to capture the essential essence of four geese begs to differ, but what can you do? Kids, man. Amiright, mom and dad?) Since I routinely return from a shoot with thousands of photos to comb through, it seemed time to invest. Enter Mari, a little Olympus OM-1. (Namesake here.)


This is my favorite from my first role of film. Captured this little dumpling waiting for her pasta to arrive.

It’s too soon to say whether my tendency towards voluminous quantities of digital media will be curtailed, but I can say this for film: this moment feels more real and more precious to me than the thousands of seconds captured on SD cards during the same trip.

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View from the Tower

IMG_8315Hello, old/new city.

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LeavesLook at that high-flying goober.

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badlands (2)-2Mainly bad because my sister was starving and threatening the rest of the family.


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Iris and BeeSpring! It’s spring!

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Rolling in Tempe

IMG_6886Robots in disguise.

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Elsah Cosa Nostra

Elsah mofiaOr perhaps a folk band.

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Midwest Cacti

cactiDon’t touch.

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