Patiently waiting to cross State Street after a bit of shopping. Very patiently. Though it was very busy this afternoon, the streets look empty.
My second post from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is similar to the first in that I wanted to lead with people. People truly do make the photo. This year I went on a very uncrowded day — a Monday night after work. It was a perfect night because I didn’t have to claw my way to some of the more popular cars. Also because I had space to observe the people.
Here are some of the folks I admired through the show.
A woman sits alone at the Honda Booth, surrounded by red. She is pensive. Perhaps waiting for her family. Perhaps she is tired.
A boy is immersed in a giant video game featuring the Honda Civic Si coupé.
A man admires the Kia GT4 Stinger. He actually walked around this car a bunch of times with his mouth hung open. And he doesn’t really seem like the demographic who would like this kind of car.
I love that the nickname for the Nissan GT-R is Godzilla. Here a father and son admire the gorgeous beauty together.
At the Acura booth, this guy was utterly fascinated by the pseudo-holographic video playing on this tabletop device. He stared at it as long as I watched him.
The Lexus IS was suspended about 8′ in the air for the entire world to see. These two guys spent a long time analyzing every nook.
I have been going through the massive task of scanning, organizing and cataloging all my film photography from negatives all the way back to 1989 when I got my first SLR.
Back then I shot with a Ricoh XR-M with a 50mm lens. Later I got a 18-200mm zoom. Then a friend gave me her old Olympus OM-1 with just a 50mm lens. Toward the later years (and I still have it to this day) a friend of mine gave me his old Nikon N70 with a small zoom lens. Between these cameras I got my chops and I see glints of my obsession as it has grown today.
I wanted to do a best of series from the 1990s, back when I was more interested in finishing school and working. My photography reflects that.
In looking back at 14 years of amateur photography, I miss film. From time to time I will take out the Nikon and shoot a roll or two. It feels good, sounds good. To this day I get excited at the prospect of heading to Central Camera to get my film developed. I don’t think that feeling will ever go away. Now if I can just stop chimping…