A large, crowded, and unfamiliar city can be an exciting place for any photographer. I love the chance to photograph the unfamiliar while traveling, but on my recent trip to Chicago I found myself utterly overwhelmed by the possibilities.
Interestingly, I had no problem taking photos for Facebook or Instagram with my iPhone. It was a great way to document everywhere I was going because I knew that everywhere would be geotagged. The problem was, I also knew that by leaving my DSLR tucked away in its bag I was missing out on a huge opportunity for creative fulfillment.
Reluctantly I pulled the camera from the bag, affixed a lens, and stood uncertain at which way to point it. Standing a few buildings North of the Chicago River in the shadow of the Trump International Hotel and Tower I felt overwhelmed and insignificant. Worse, I always have this gnawing fear when I’m in really famous locations that I’ll fail to leave with any original photos.
In trying to keep from becoming too discouraged, Alicia and I climbed the steps that would lead us towards North Michigan Avenue, past the tower. Fortunately we stumbled right into the landscaped plaza that sits at the foot of the building. Glancing at the fall-colored leaves, late blooming flowers and defoliated trees, I found some creative inspiration.
Suddenly I was able to contrast the garden with Trump Tower and other surrounding structures. Even though the natural/man made comparison doesn’t completely hold true, because the landscaping itself isn’t truly a natural environment, the contrast still works in the context of the photographs. These are a handful of my favorite photos from the stroll through the park, and certainly my favorite from my trip to Chicago.
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