I thought I'd catch you up on my Exploring Chicago Photography Course that I started a few weeks ago.
Each Saturday we go to one or two Chicago neighborhoods, hear a brief synopsis of the neighborhood's history & culture, and then set off for a few hours of photography, eventually reconvening at a neighborhood restaurant to have lunch. It is very enjoyable and I have also been learning much more about all of the manual functions of my DSLR. Also, all photos you will see are unedited, as we are not allowed to use Photoshop or any editing software when we present them to our class. So what you see is what you get from my camera :-)
The first stop was Andersonville:
Andersonville is characterized by an incredible diversity of cultures and lifestyles, a neighborhood whose predominantly locally-owned boutiques are found amidst quaint brunch spots, Middle Eastern bakeries, hip bars and gastro-pubs, and a strong Scandinavian presence from the neighborhood’s Swedish founders. Andersonville is also home to a vibrant gay and lesbian community, catered to by the neighborhood’s many LGBT-friendly businesses, restaurants and bars.
There was a great sidewalk sale going on which really drew me in and became much of what I photographed that morning. All i wanted to really do was shop, but I abstained for the sake of my art ;-)
Then I walked around and found some more natural treasures...
Next, I captured a bit of of that Swedish charm...
And lastly, how much is that doggie in the window? Well this one was fast asleep in a Barber Shop and was NOT for sale :-)