In Memory of David

In Memory of Cantor David
A Legacy

In Memory of Cantor David

David and Goldie

Cantor David Brandhandler, passed away on Thursday, June 2.   He was 102 years and 352 days old.  It was my honor to photograph and film him in his home along with Goldie, his loving wife, in January of this year.  Some of you may recall this earlier blog post about them – click here.  Such an amazing man.
(Included in this current blog post are photos that were not in the previous post from January.) (more…)

Take Your Camera!

Take Your Camera!
Italian Restaurant in Chicago

Take Your Camera to Tutto Fresco Italian Restaurant Photograph Opportunity

Tutto Fresco, Chicago

You’ve heard me say this before:  Take your camera with you…any camera.  (more…)

Good Photo?

What Makes a Good Photo?
Or what makes a photo good?
Or both?

Good Photo Graham Nash at City Winery Chicago

Graham Nash at City Winery

Like most people, I look at lots of photos every day.  Some are mine and most are not.  We all are exposed to a lot of photos nowadays…probably more than ever.  (more…)

Drew

Drew
Black and White Portraits

Drew Levin Black and White photo portrait

Drew

Photo tip:  It’s easy to take photos when you have a good subject.  Why not try making it a black and white photo?? (more…)

Rabbi Funnye

Rabbi Funnye
A Portrait

Portrait of Rabbi Capers Funnye

Rabbi Capers Funnye

Here’s one of the advantages for me of taking photos:  It definitely gets me out and about, meeting people and seeing things. (more…)

It’s Spring

It’s Spring
Ya Gotta Love It

Spring Tree on Lake Michigan in Chicago

Spring Tree on Lake Michigan

One of the BEST things about Chicago is the weather.  Yep…you heard me.  Nothing is better than experiencing the change of seasons here.  And now we’re into Spring after an unusually mild winter…for a change! (more…)

Van Gogh

Van Gogh
Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent Van Gogh

Bedroom from the Yellow House

Not too many people realize that Vincent Van Gogh painted three copies of the bedroom in the Yellow House he rented in Arles, France.  For the first time in history, the three paintings are in display in the same place…at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Also, they have created a life-sized replica of the bedroom (see photo above).  (more…)

Waldheim Jewish Cemetery

Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
Where I went on Sunday

Waldheim Jewish Cemetery

Found on the Ground

Not exactly everyone’s cup of tea…I admit it.  However, as part of my Spertus project, I decided to go to Waldheim Jewish Cemetery since it certainly should be considered a part of Jewish Life in Chicago.  Such history and culture.  Over a hundred years old.  So, I walked and explored with two ready cameras, looking up, down, and around.  Did not see ONE other person walking around the entire time I was there and while that was a little weird for me to experience, it also provided a unique solitary atmosphere!
Hmm…which one of these images should I use for my project? (more…)

David, the Cantor

David, the Cantor
102 Years Old!

David, the Cantor 102 years old

David, the Cantor

Photography is much more than just taking pictures.  It’s the chance to interact with people, places, and things in our world….and in our imagination.  I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to meet David, the Cantor.  He is 102 years old, born in Trondheim Norway in 1913 and arriving here before his Bar Mitzvah.  Amazing man…and his wife, Goldie, too! (more…)

Spertus Institute

Spertus Updates
More potential images

Spertus Institute

Famous Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi at Anshe Emet

Many of you know that I am working on a photo project in conjunction with the Spertus Institute in Chicago.  My particular participation is to create a documentary/record of Jewish life in Chicago today.  I’ve been out and about, photographing different appropriate things around the city, and I’ll eventually choose which images to include.  The photo above of renowned Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, from Anshe Emet Synagogue, is from last Monday.  Though I took several photos, at this point I really like this particular image as I feel it captures his personality in the physical context of his office.  Maybe it will get included in the final project!  What an honor and pleasure for me to be able to spend some time chatting with this impressive man and taking his photo.
And, in this blog post, are some more photos that could “make the cut.”  What do you think? (more…)

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