Flipping Through the Pages

Flipping Through the Pages

This concept has been on my mind for a while now. It all started when I shot Burn After Reading, an idea of throwing out everything that I once felt comfortable with and embracing the unknown. If you follow my previous work, I do not shoot many portraits, let alone self-portrait photography. So this was all new to me. I held up each page for this shoot and stitched them all together into one so it was a little more time consuming then a lot of my other work but I couldn’t be more happier with how it turned out and the process as a whole. For one of the first times, I was in charge of almost every aspect and it allowed me to get creative in a whole different aspect. It allowed me to think about photography as individual parts making up the whole scene.

Although I love landscape and architecture photography, I look forward to exploring portrait photography and even surreal photography more; to flipping through the pages of everything I’ve learned about photography and life and to seeing what’s next.

“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” T.E Lawrence


 

See More Portrait PhotographySomething I Can Touch | Trapped | Burn After Reading

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Set the Sky on Fire

Clouds Nature Photography

I could see in the sky that a storm was approaching quick. The air even had a different smell to it. I was on my way to Chicago to do some night shooting, thinking that just as long as I keep driving that Mother Nature wouldn’t be able to catch me. In that instant I saw a part in the clouds, light came shining through and just like that, the sun set the sky on fire. It lasted  a couple of minutes before one raindrop turned into two and two in billions. Mother Nature caught me.


See More Nature PhotographyGarden of Waterfalls | At the End of the Day | Somethings Never Get Old

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Reflections in the Sky

Chicago-Skydeck-Photography

The cars are stopped, waiting as a sea of people cross the street as if it’s just a part of their daily routine. I’m standing above them, blinded for a second by the reflections of Chicago off a building the Chicago reflects. Feeling grateful to be able to stand above the city that I call home. Happy Wednesday!


See More Chicago Skydeck PhotographyUp Up & Away | Daydreaming | Living in the Sky

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Face to Face

Chicago African Lion Photography

While making my rounds through the zoo, I was fortunate enough to get a picture of the African lion named Sahar! Located in the heart of Lincoln Park right along Lake Michigan is the Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s funny to think that one second you could be walking along the beach surrounded by the Chicago skyline and the next moment you could be face to face with a lion. When I was younger, I’ve always wanted to let all of the animals free. I guess I went through my Jumanji phrase, hoping one day I would see a stampede on Michigan Ave. while I watch a gorilla climb the Willis Tower and hear the roar of a lion in the distance at Millennium Park. Well that’s enough of nostalgia for one day.


See More Animal Photography: Showing Your Stripes | Underneath it All | Tail Feathers

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Garden of Waterfalls

Matthiessen-State-Park-waterfall-photography

Ever since I was little I have always been drawn to water. I always loved rivers and watching water flow down the street after/ during a rain storm and today was no different. I woke up, looked outside and maybe it was the kid in me or the wanderlust or a little bit of both, but I really had an urge to see a waterfall.  Within an instant, I grabbed my camera, got in my car and set off through the mist to Matthiessen State Park (even though I just knew that it was going to start to pour any second). It was just my luck that once I pulled into the parking lot, the rain started to pick up. I waited for a couple of minutes, as I watched families who were gathered for a picnic embrace mother nature, singing while they ran to throw water balloons at each other. As the rain began to die down, I made my way down the wooden stairs, descending to the base of Matthiessen’s shady canyon floor. I hiked along the river which carves it’s way through the sandstone, offering quite an experience and a spectacular view of this sort of hidden gem in Illinois. It seemed like I had the whole park to myself, listening to nothing but the birds, water and the occasional couple trudging back through the water. Once I heard the the sound of rushing water, I knew I found what I was looking for. I found myself in the garden of waterfalls.

I would love to hear/ see of any waterfalls you have visited before, please share them!


 

See More Hiking Photography: Pictured Rocks | A Nature Walk | The Mountains were Calling

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Ripple Effect

Chicago Aqua Building

I really enjoy framing buildings in a way to remove their context and focus on the part that makes up the whole. Emphasizing the the rippling balconies that create the unique facade of this building. No matter how many times I pass by the Aqua building it always makes me look up.


 

See More Abstract Photography: Living Above | Out of Focus | Behind the Streetlamp

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