On the southern end of Millennium Park in Chicago, there is a sanctuary of flowers, grasses, and plant life. Surrounded by nature, buzzing with life, and with a plethora of colors, the Lurie Gardens is a departure from your typical urban environment. Whether your interest lies in nature photography, macro photography or just like to take a portrait of a flower, there is always something beautiful to see. Walking through the narrow paths in this Chicago garden, you can’t help but to “stop and smell the roses”.
I look back at photos like this, one having a story behind it that I will never know. Each one of these photographs are just a page in another person’s book. While at the same time, a part of my book. I look at this moment, and I was reminded of my own childhood, running around without a care in the world. I begin to write my own story of shared memories with people that I have never met. It’s that split second where both of us are at the same place at the same time and these are the experiences, the moments that I would never trade for in the world. Where did the time go? Nowhere. It may just lie in a photograph.
I hear a familiar honk coming from a taxi as I see a person escaping to the sidewalk after nearly getting hit. It’s a well known scene in Chicago that occurs quite too often. People often get numb to their surroundings after living in a place for a good amount of time. They assimilate the culture and become intertwined in what they are used to that sometimes they forget how beautiful they’re 10 minute walk really is. I have often been a victim, whether it was a meeting I was supposed to get to or a get together that I’m usually running late to. Nevertheless, I make it a priority to take a second and look. I’ve down the streets of Chicago plenty of times, although it seems like no matter where I look up there’s always something new to see. This was one of those moments. Chicago architecture has always been a sort of passion of mine while abstract photography has always allowed me to see everyday scenes just a little bit differently. This was one of those moments where I combined them together to see something new. A city within a city. A scene within a scene.
Summer is nearing the end and each year it seems as if it has passed quicker than the last. Saying that, I did have an inspiring summer treading in uncharted waters physically and in terms of photography; it filled with new experiences which helped me grow as a photographer. Although, one element will always be essential to my summers; taking a rest, sitting down and enjoying the sounds, smells and feel of what’s around me. I would lay down in the grass, and watch as the sun illuminates the surrounding nature and just soak it in; it never ceases to put a smile on my face. However, A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye. And as memories of barbecues and warm summer nights will stay close to me, they will soon be replaced by bonfires and and the colorful transition that is Fall. Autumn may be my favorite season to photograph in and I look forward to see what new adventures this season will bring.
Feel free to share your favorite summer memory, I would love to hear them! Have a wonderful weekend.
There are moments when I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head. Nature coincides with photograph in which they both has always been a sort of escape. A chance to just step away from everything around me. Take a walk and get lost. Photography allows me to explore these moments in which I cherish so much. A dandelion. I walk by these everyday, pluck them from the ground and blow their white umbrellas just to see it take off in the wind. This time was different. vb I got down to it’s level, peeked through it’s tiny world with my camera and just stared. A dandelion. Everyday I see them but what If I had never seen this place?
“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re-arranged by the hand of man.”
A pair of Blue Shoes that are waiting to be filled, waiting to be walked in for the very first time. This is a brand new chapter in their life, and I was asked to photograph this significant moment; these moments of them awaiting his arrival. As this being my first maternity photography shoot, I was a bit apprehensive, while at the same time, overwhelmed with excitement. There’s no room for adventure in your comfort zone and I never thought that a pair of Blue Shoes would help me take those couple of steps out of it. I hope to share the rest of this maternity shoot soon!
I was recently fortunate enough to travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. White sand and blue water; it was beautiful. Every morning I would wake up and travel down the beach. I would try and focus on photography but would quickly get distracted by the endless scenery. My girlfriend and I would sit and watch the tide come in, drop off a shell or two and then quickly disappear. Even though I brought my camera, it seemed hard to take as many photographs as I wanted to. Traveling has always been a love of mine and I hope there’s many more adventures to come. I never thought a walk would be as majestic as this, but it was. Simply put, this was just a walk on the beach.