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.