November 2, 2017

Chicago through my lens

Anothony Bourdain — whom I’m somewhat obsessed with and almost constantly watch his shows on Netflix — had a recent¬†Parts Unknown episode on Chicago. And there was one line in his voice over that really stuck out to me: “You don’t compare Chicago to other places. You compare yourself to Chicago.”

I feel that’s really true. Chicago is not New York. It’s not LA. It’s not like anything in the Midwest. It’s just Chicago…a city with tough people; steel and concrete monuments to industrial America; harsh weather and fascinating history. Wandering around the city recently I kept comparing the city to my hometown of Denver. Something about it just tougher, bigger, more intense. And for photo geeks like myself that makes for some great pictures!

I couldn’t help but stop every 20 feet (my poor husband!) to take shots of this city. I wanted to take some gritty, grainy, film like shots. So, I enhanced them with VSCO Kodak Portra 160 (my favorite preset). I really like the way they turned out.

Here are a few highlights from the trip!