No establishing shot, this:
Chicago. 24 Nov. 2016
With no signage or iconic buildings visible, this could be a photo taken in a hell of a lot of places, which shows the limitations of seeing places only through names, or having a simplistic view of a city. But as I took this photo, I almost had a sense of the curb concrete, the grass, the leaves, not knowing what I know, but just being there, and that what I knew didn’t mean much outside my mind.
Names marking the place unnamed in the photo above.
See also this.
Rocky Mountains, near Boulder, Colo. Aug. 2015
Building at southeast corner of Madison and Lasalle streets, north wall, Chicago, Sept. 2015.
St. Peter’s Church, Chicago Loop, Sept. 2015.
The Earth, my backyard, June 2015.
Pacific Ocean, near L.A., Aug. 2010
Update, July 2016:
Upclose view of paving over the lot where Nelle Harper Lee’s family home was. 25 June 2016.
Alabama up close. Alongside Route 10 west of Greenville. 25 June 2016.
The Gulf of Mexico. Pensacola Beach, Florida. 21 June 2016.
A Chicago Tribune article last Sunday about the 10th anniversary of Millennium Park contained this tidbit:
Unexpected invaders: The park’s 5-acre Lurie Garden has had some unwelcome visitors: rabbits who ate bark on some of the garden’s trees, killing them. [Edward Uhlir, executive director of the Millennium Park Foundation, the nonprofit organization that helps manage the 24.5-acre public space] thinks the rabbits crossed into the park on the snaking, Gehry-designed BP Bridge.
Last year, Uhlir said, trappers hired by the park caught 60 rabbits in the garden and later let them go at a “certified release site” about 100 miles west of Chicago. Then a fox appeared in the garden. This year, only three rabbits have been removed from the garden. “We think the fox was having dinner,” Uhlir said.
Hey, I live about 100 miles west of Chicago! Is it city officials’ fault that my green beans have just been denuded!?
My friend and former Daily Illini colleague Michael Dizon is an extra in the new Michael Bay film — “Transformers 4” — shooting in Chicago. He has this anecdote to share (via Facesbook):
Michael Bay just yelled at me: “Don’t look there, when you’re supposed to be looking HERE!” and “When I yell cut, you’re supposed to STOP!” Now I know what Shia feels like.