Tag Archives: candid

Waiting in the rays

Patiently waiting to cross State Street after a bit of shopping. Very patiently. Though it was very busy this afternoon, the streets look empty.

Lost in the crowd


At the Logan Square Halloween parade this little girl seemed a bit lost in the midst of more grown ups than kids.

See it here: https://flic.kr/p/pHufNa

2014 Chicago Auto Show — Part 2: The people

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.

Woman in red

A woman sits alone at the Honda Booth, surrounded by red. She is pensive. Perhaps waiting for her family. Perhaps she is tired.

Playing the Civic Si sim

A boy is immersed in a giant video game featuring the Honda Civic Si coupé.

Admiring the Kia GT4 Stinger

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.

Father & Son with Godzilla

I love that the nickname for the Nissan GT-R is Godzilla. Here a father and son admire the gorgeous beauty together.

Utter fascination

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.

Under the IS

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.

Best of Film Photography: 1989-2003

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.

Swan and Snyder Lake
1989. My earliest favorite was taken at my grandma’s place in northern Michigan.

Police officer on the street
1991. When our Close Up class took a trip to Washington DC I caught this candid of an officer chatting with us.

Footprints on the ice
1992. We drive to northern Michigan to pick up our friend for New Years’ Eve.

The fire at night
1993. One of my first attempts a night shot was taken in Vanderbilt, Michigan during a camping weekend.

Waiting for the bus
1994. My earliest attempt at street photography at a bus stop in Toronto. Black and white suited this photo best.

Looking up at the tree
1997. A friend of mine had the great idea to visit Hartwick Pines near Grayling, Michigan.

Ann Arbor Art Fair
1998. More street photography, but at a safe distance in the diag on University of Michigan’s campus.

Tasha napping in dad's truck
2000. Our dog Tasha rests in the sun.

Walking on the lakebed
2001. One of my most favorite images to show the vastness of the lakebed at low tide.

Through a tunnel in Kentucky
2002. Taken in the tunnels of Kentucky at speed.

Long and winding path
2003. First time on the North Branch Trail, this is one of the last images I would take on film for years.

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