July 25, 2012

The Out-of-Towner

A wise friend told me, "Honey, you can't be a tourist if you're not one." Her words have been swimming around my head. How I wish I could summon that feeling of excitement at will, but when I'm one of the locals it's nearly impossible. I was in Chicago recently and fell in love with the city for its wide open spaces and deep shadows, friendly people and public art. I made many photographs there because I felt comfortable to explore. I even initiated conversations – with strangers! While I didn't feel at home in Chicago, I felt free. It's a profound thrill to be an outsider with a camera, immersed in the exchange.

Stay tuned for more posts from my Chicagoland adventure.


  1. So glad you are taking this on the road, with such great results. Let's go to LA together and listen to music.

    1. You know my WonderLust goes where I go... next stop, Newport, RI. I would love to hear some music with you, anywhere. Miss you, C.

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