Art Institute of Chicago
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
Where I went on Sunday
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
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…)
More potential images
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…)
Fun With Outtakes
2015 Thanksgiving Family Photo
Many of you may have seen this Family Portrait posted on Facebook after our trip to Lauderdale Lakes for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d give a Photo Tip and also explain a little bit about the recipe for this image and another one. (more…)
“Migrant Mother” – by Dorothea Lange
Some people consider this the most famous photograph of the entire 20th Century. An iconic image of Florence Owens Thompson taken by photographer Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression. The photograph is widely known as “Migrant Mother.” Amazing image.
The reason I am posting it is because I just finished reading a fantastic historical fiction novel about the photograph and the people involved titled, “Mary Coin.” Skillfully written New York Times Bestseller by Marisa Silver. (more…)
Walking in the City
How Does This New Phone Work?
Whenever I get the chance to walk around in Chicago (or anywhere!), I like to take my camera along. You never know what you’ll find. (more…)
Doug, at Brant’s Meat Market
Road Trip! Driving from Denver to Chicago, I stopped for a visit in remote, rural Lucas, Kansas. Population 407. About 20 or 30 miles north of Interstate 70, east of Hays. I was drawn to the area because I read they have a lot of public art including, “The 2nd Best Restroom in the United States.” No kidding. Click here to see their Facebook site! Or here for their website. Keep reading to see more photos on the blog! (more…)
But You Can See It All
I’m good for about one movie a year…though it’s been over a year now since the last. That’s not to say I’m not influenced by cinema! In fact, I notice an approach that pops up in my photo “style” and I think it was inspired by a scene from “Remains of the Day,” a James Ivory movie from 1993 starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. (more…)
Here We Go!
First encounters…do I look weird??
At the Bakery before Rosh Hashanah
Here we go! Off to a start of my art project for Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership as described in an earlier blog post (click here for description). My first destination: Devon Avenue near Tel Aviv Bakery on Sunday AM before the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year (5776). (more…)