This is a slideshow for my foundations II class at Columbia. We were asked to create a sequence of black and white images that express life in Chicago and set it to music. I tend to take Chicago at face value, at least in my photography, and I appreciate the bad and the good. When shooting this assignment, I found myself focusing on my own neighborhood and transportation. In the past, I’ve avoided shooting my neighborhood like the plague. I talk a lot of trash about my area of Irving Park. It’s ugly, it’s boring, it’s dirty, and it’s too familiar. But it’s where I grew up and still live. I chose to capture my own neighborhood because we were asked to use the sequence to show our own experience of Chicago and our own feelings about it. As much as I don’t really care for it, Irving Park is part of my experience of Chicago and I love it because it’s mine. The other large part of my Chicago experience is the way we Chicagoans get around, and the constant movement of such a large urban environment. This results in a lot of images of cars, trains, buses, and bicycles and what the city looks like when you spend two hours a day on public transit.

music: "City Livin'" by G. Love and Special Sauce

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