Vacation from the city

A BREAK FROM THE CITY -

On the way out to Lake Geneva, WI, for the weekend, my friends and I were gobsmacked by one of the most incredible sunsets. So moving in fact, that us and multiple other cars pulled off to photograph. No volcanoes were erupting, but it looked as though Zeus himself conjured up a mighty hellstorm on the midwest landscape.

Our adventure lay in Devil’s Lake, around a 2 hour commute from our lodging. There, we hiked along the many lakeside trails, dodging anything that we believed to be poison ivy and floating caterpillars (on silk strings, there were tons! I guess it’s the season). We walked, we laughed, we got lost, we were drained.

Days like these spent with friends are the reason I stay sane in this world.

PS No tick friends were brought back from this outdoor adventure :)

Happy day ~

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(All images shot on the Leica M9 with a 35mm Summicron)

Warm and Wispy

Started with rain, but ended with one of Chicago’s finest days yet.

The day was filled with small errands, editing a photo-whatnot, but ending in Millenium park for the FREE Black Panther showing. Before the film, I was abled to scavenge for some peeps. Walking through downtown reminds me of the blessing being a Chi resident. Warm rays and masses of people, a photographer’s dream.

“AIR PODS”

“AIR PODS”

Cheetah girls of Chicago

Cheetah girls of Chicago

Ran into the famous magician Jibrizy! (far right)

Ran into the famous magician Jibrizy! (far right)

Beautiful moment, a man helps pickup change a woman drops

Beautiful moment, a man helps pickup change a woman drops

A boy runs through a busy intersection, leaving his friends in middle of the the street. His face explains it all.

A boy runs through a busy intersection, leaving his friends in middle of the the street. His face explains it all.

Visiting from Milwaukee

Visiting from Milwaukee

Moving quickly with force!

Moving quickly with force!

What a cool dad

What a cool dad

Night ending with my introduction to the odd yet charming comedy of Norm Mcdonald

Night ending with my introduction to the odd yet charming comedy of Norm Mcdonald

Not so bad of a Tuesday, thank you Chicago for holding out yet another afternoon :)

Happy day ~

Its getting warmer... sorta

I have finally left the exile of my room, and jumped straight into the joyful summer Chicago has to offer, sorta. If you don’t already know, Chicago’s warmer days are jam-packed with outdoor events, scattered throughout the patchwork of neighborhoods. Music, oddities, and lots of hip folks. Oh and alcohol.

However, midwest weather changes in an instant though... Battling rain, the “Do Division” festival survived the brutal downpour and slight wind, but was worth it for the music at least. Live music ALL day. Whats not to love about that!

Flipped around as I was sneak shotting his poncho.

Flipped around as I was sneak shotting his poncho.

MOIST

MOIST

Same shirt but hers a skirt

Same shirt but hers a skirt

Badass girl drummer solo onstage

Badass girl drummer solo onstage

Dancing to the badass drummer

Dancing to the badass drummer

Ervine, fancy shopkeep

Ervine, fancy shopkeep

Sunday,

was the Logan Square farmer’s market

followed by

a short downtown-run to find some cool peeps. Here’s some cool peeps.

Sarah

Sarah

Nik

Nik

I don’t remember her name but she was so sweet. Talk about a poppin jacket -

I don’t remember her name but she was so sweet. Talk about a poppin jacket -

These three stuck out from the crowd

These three stuck out from the crowd

Scout

Scout

And that is all, lets collectively pray for more stunning weather. Happy day -

Share a sky

Just a quick post to share this sky and reflection caught in the West loop. Splendid. Plus a family with matching jean jackets for the weekend. Enjoy -

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The father was about to decline the decision, glad he was coaxed!

The father was about to decline the decision, glad he was coaxed!

back in Chicago...

I’m back!

I luckily missed the dreaded Chicago Winter just by a few weeks (-50 at its coldest this year… yikes) And with it, the reception of my new daily driver - the Leica M9.

Transported directly from Berlin, I was placed into contact with the wife of the largest Leica collector in Germany (whoa). And was given an awesome deal on this bit of kit, Leica M9 in mint condition with the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4. I am over the MOON.

To those curious, the Leica M9 (circa 2009) differs from modern day cameras in respect to it’s CCD sensor which offers beautiful color and “grain” patterns at the expense of dynamic range and low light capabilities.

In essence, if you work past this camera’s weaknesses you can achieve some incredible images that only need minor tweaking in post. I am still gobsmacked at the recent results. Below are some images of the camera, a couple shots from some model shoots, as well as a picture of three important individuals. From left to right, Dan Tamarkin (owner of Tamarkin Camera here in Chicago), Arina (the Leica collector’s wife with current success in her recent photographic project “Perfect Life”), and Greg Rubenstein (OG Leica photographer with the most amazing Chicago “cloudscapes” you’ve ever seen)

Cheers to many more images with this beautiful german companion. Happy day ~

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Dragons, dancers, unicyclists oh my!

The Honolulu Festival marked it’s 25th anniversary this weekend filled with an assortment of guests (many japanese) parading in dance, vintage hot rods, and samba dancing! 

Plus, have to note the ensemble of gradeschool japanese girls UNICYCLING in a whirlygig group. Many ending up walking their unbalanced contraptions down the street lol

And whats a parade without some shots of the crowd. Always able to find a character somewhere! 

And to end the evening, what better than a Nagaoka Firework display -off of Waikiki.

Happy day 🤙🏼

 

 

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ED HARDY LIKES PUMPERNICKEL

Hawaii is a small place.

But I would have never guessed my paths would cross famous tattoo artist and icon, Ed Hardy.

Working at the Breadshop in Kaimuki with my sister on deck as the pastry chef, I found my days chatting with customers about the very carbs we sell. During an awkward confrontation with a customer who passive aggressively noted that she drove very far to purchase our bread only to be slightly frustrated we didn’t have the style she was looking for… what a shame. Ed Hardy pops his head in, “Do you guys have Pumpernickel?”

“Sorry, all sold out,” I say. Then gears turn, hamsters spin, and I quickly stop him before he runs!

Here’s a quick selfie with the man himself, as well as a pretty shot of the sis with cutest darn calamansi citrus you never heard of (I never at least).

Happy day.

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Iolani Palace

The famous Iolani Palace. It’s beauty only mirrored by a dark past - filled with deception and disease onto the peaceful Hawaiian people. Worth a visit or at least a read online.

Spark Notes: Widowed Queen Kapiolani was overthrown by the American people and imprisoned in her own palace. The building was then dismantled and ill-cared for during it’s time as a legislative office. Only in recent years, the palace has finally been restored back to it’s original (and maybe even better) glory.

(Picture below is not of the palace but of a satellite building)

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Made it to the island...

Its been too long. Quick update.

I’m currently staying with family in Oahu. The humidity has already been forgotten and today is the first day I finally got to venture into town. From a borrowed family bike, I quickly learned that not all of Honolulu is bike friendly, seems I have to get my bearings before riding out again. I also consistently forget to take out my camera. Its bad. So here is an iphone shot of the sunset. Wishing you warmer weather Chicago ~

ps there are beekeepers & peacocks in hawaii

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Warm lights, cold days

Goodbyes are tough- I find, as my last days draw near. I work in a rennovated bicycle factory which looms beautifully over Humboldt park. Wandering through the vacant rooms, I caught some of the warm light from filtering through the building. It has never seen so beautiful as it has today...

 

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#iphonese

SmorgiCorgi

With loud horns blaring from a Toys for Tots motorcycle ride, I ran into this woman carrying her corgi down Rockwell. I felt unease as she struggled to carry her luscious lump of fluff. I quickly thanked and bidded her farewell. I hope you arrived at your destination safely Sarah.

#iphonese

 

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And so it begins...

To mark my first post, I think some reminiscing is quite appropriate. During one of our trips out to the roof to catch the last of the summer rays, I scrambled to grab my camera to capture this shot. The red of his hat with a blue sky backdrop and yellow, warm sunlight made for such a perfect summer image. One of my all time favorites - 

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