Home is Right Where You Are

Chicago Skydeck Sunset Photography
Home is where the heart is. Home is where you make it. Home is wherever I am with you. Home is family to some, friends to others; a sense of nostalgia. Some are still searching for home while others do not know what home is. For me home is a feeling. It’s not a specific street, a set of random numbers placed on my mailbox, but more of laughter, smiles; a sense of being on top of the world. It’s not one specific place but a plethora of places, although I feel at home in Chicago quite often. It’s that feeling you get while you are standing at that place. The sense of excitement, enjoyment, calmness. It’s as if nothing else in the world matters except for this moment. If you are smiling right now, laughing, curious, or in love. If you are happy, you are home. Home is right where you are.


 

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Something I Can Touch

Chicago Self Portrait

It’s just one of those days

Give me something I can touch when the sun rise
Give me something I can taste on my tongue’s tied
Love life
Don’t waste another night
Stage dive
Jump like you could fly
Die young or grow old
One shot before you know
You’re gone

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Summer Grass

Summer Grass

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.

A Walk on the Beach

A Walk on the Punta Cana Beach

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. Continue reading

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Abstract-Architecture-Photography

Abstract Architecture

I planned to spend this Saturday evening to watch a concert along the lake but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to travel through the streets of any city (I was also starving). Walking into the shadows of Milwaukee, hearing nothing but the sound of my stomach rumble, I came across a shell. I was quickly drawn to the shadows created as the sun was going down. It reminded me of the Drivers Express Facility in Chicago. There was nothing significant about the architecture but the patterns created gave me a reason to stop, look up and capture the moment.

Between the Flowers

Between the Flowers Nature Photography

Walking back from the Milwaukee Art Museum, a small patch of purple flowers caught the corner of my eye. I quickly walked up to this miniature field of lavender and extending my camera into its world; a little slice of nature. Although I was viewing a sea of purple, there was one individual that stood out among the rest. I don’t know why this one sparked my curiosity but it did. Looking between the flowers was a way for me to explore different perspectives. I often find it difficult to break from my own conventional way of photography, and often seek new ways to look at the world. Looking past of what’s in plain view, finding that diamond in the rough. It made me happy while at the same time it made me think. I could take a picture of all of these flowers in focus and it would have been very beautiful but it wouldn’t of said anything. I was interested in focusing on the beauty of the part while neglecting the whole. Each flower is part of this field, framing the ones around it; but without each one, it would have ceased to catch my eye. And that’s the beauty of looking between the flowers.