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Second time around.


Whats up everyone? Today I was just going over a few thousand photos that I have shot and saw a few that I thought was “junk” when I shot them. Well to my surprise I have an external hard drive full of images that are the total opposite.

This shot of the Field Museum is a second shot that I took similar to another that I posted to facebook a few months back. The first shot was taken from the side of the Museum facing Soldiers Field and this shot is from the Lake Michigan facing side.

Now I totally understand about “cliche” photos, but When you love where your from and want the world to see it the way that you see it, is the best part about being a photographer. I waited for a semi clear night, jumped in my car and headed east from where I live to shoot the Shedd Aquarium.

Now anyone who is reading this from Chicago knows that parking downtown for a few hours is damn near the cost of a monthly bill at your home, so I decided to head down around 10:00pm so I could park over by the Buckingham Fountain on Columbus for free (meters only charge from 6am to 9pm over there) just so you know.

The walk to my destination was cool and it was plenty of people out enjoying the night. I knew that the park closes at 11pm so I had to move fast so I didn’t have the CPD questioning me about why I’m taking pictures of landmarks, (you know photographers are seen as the new terrorist).

Well either way I got my shot and walking away from there I stepped right into this shot…… BAM!!!!! With camera still on tripod, I shot away. After looking at this image I was like, “its alright I could’ve done better” and put it in a folder and went on with my life.

Sometimes we need to step back and take a look from a different perspective or remember to have fun doing what we do. This pic didn’t come out bad at all but I couldn’t get out of photographer mode to see it for what it is. Thanks for reading my rant and I hope that you enjoy this photo as much as I am, Peace & love and remember to BELIEVE!!!!!

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City Lights.

Hey everyone! I have been away from the blog for a while working and getting some other things together. I am back with a new perspective on alot of things and I am about to show it off.My heart is with photography and that I want to show to the world.

My city is where I started my journey in life and my city is I will start the journey with my new perspective.


This is your brain on drugs!

Where do I start? Well some things are shown to totally degrade a race of people so let me start by saying that I am not trying to exploit anyone or any race by this post. It all started yesterday, I needed to get out and away from the house so I packed up my gear and headed out to the southside with my cousin Ell to his barber shop. Now this isn’t the best nor the safest place in the city but entertaining for someone like me who lives in an area that is well maintained by the homeowners. I learned yesterday that this neighborhood is called the new “boystown” and its a trip to see so many thugged out homosexuals. Outside of that there are a lot of “dopefiends” as well. The people that come in and out of the shop are from all walks of life varying from rich to poor and male and female.

I used the greater part of the day talking and having a good time with people that I have met at the shop from my previous times there. I go from the inside to the outside, standing in front of the shop watching the people pass by and checking out the scene. Every five minutes or so I get someone who screams “loose squares” or selling cd’s, dvd’s, purses, you name it you can get it there, hell one guy was given a trek 800 series bicycle for free. Now this is where thing’s start to change. Its starting to get dark outside and the “crazies” are starting to show up and show out. Outside of the shop we’re all chillin talking about life and about three doors down there is a congregation of “fiends” just hanging out with their kids talking loud, arguing on the phone, starting shit with people passing by in their cars on top of other various things.

Then out of nowhere, up pops one of the neighborhood “cluckers” just being herself dancing putting on a show. Now this is where thing’s start to bother me because she is acting out in front of all these little kids. For one the kids shouldn’t have been out there this late in the first place but look at where the parenting is coming from. Now the dancing is getting extremely raunchy for little kids to be seeing and they are out there right along with other lost souls cheering her on. I ran in the shop and grabbed my camera and came out and shot a few photos for the blog because I couldn’t believe how everyone was enjoying her make a complete ass of herself.

Some put blame on “the man” but this is a direct reflection of “WE” as a people contributing to the destruction of what our positive ancestors left for us to maintain. How can things change if your a willing participant? Not only are people dying by bullets but even worse they are dying from the lack of understanding that it starts with self first. PEOPLE IF YOU DON’T BEGIN SELF PRESERVATION NOW OUR KIDS WILL FOREVER BE LOST IN A WORLD WHERE THEY WONT BE ABLE TO SUCCEED BECAUSE OF THE EXAMPLES THAT ARE BEING SET! THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN THE BLOCK THAT YOU HANG OUT ON EVERYDAY……….. GOD SPEED.


Cook County Hospital, My life began here.

Living in Chicago is a very good thing for those of us that love it here. Some may dispute that New York or Los Angeles is better but when you Bleed hot dogs with no ketchup, Italian beef dipped with hot peppers, and Chicago style pizza who can top that? The fact that were broke bothers me because everything here is being sold to the highest bidder. I took a picture of Cook County Hospital not only because the architecture is AMAZING but also my life began there. This is one of those must have things to put in the photo album just because……….


Puerto Rico……. This ones for you!

In my travels around Chicago I had to stop and get a shot for all my “Ricans” out there. I was being looked at kinda strange and I had a load of beautiful women questioning me about my photography. In all it was a good time just standing there doing what I do.


I’m stuck in HDR land.

My friend James has me stuck in this HDR stage that I cant seem to get out of……. I’m a portrait photographer……… No wait I am a visual artist……… I am loving what I do, Here’s another From Lake Shore Drive


Chicago at night.

Last night I was on the phone talking to my friend James and we both had that “photographers itch.” (That’s when you are having photo withdrawls) so we decided¬† to jump up at 11pm and ride downtown to get busy with some picture taking. My cousin ELL and I had a place selected already (btw, you can check his blog out @ http://espots1.wordpress.com) so I kinda knew where I wanted to start. When you drive around all the time that kinda kills the scenery so it was hard to vision the shot. When we arrived I was totally amazed by the way the lights illuminated the sky causing the reflections in the water to match. So this is where photography gets interesting, Ever take a picture with you camera and it doesn’t look the way you expected?

The human eye has the ability to see the whole light scheme but cameras aren’t that forgiving.¬† I knew what I was looking for in my photo and with the first sequence, PERFECT! So from this point on we were snapping away until James said “Lets go somewhere else and take some more” that’s like telling a little kid lets go to the park. So we packed up and hit spot number 2. When we arrived I was taken back by the view and knew that I had to compose this shot right or mess up a beautiful photo. Without changing any settings in my camera, I set up my shot and ………… You’ve guessed it, PERFECT! So I guess I will stop with all the ranting and raving and get to the photos………. I LOVE MY CITY, and will post more as I take them, until next time…………..