Saturday, January 23, 2016

twist in my sobriety

Stan on Randolph St.

I've been re-editing all my old favorites to compile them into a photo book. I was hesitant to take on this project because my files are somewhat messy, and I can only work a few photos at a time (because there's so much Netflix that needs watching. :)) Anyway, I took this photo of Stan in 2008. I was standing near the entrance of the train tunnel where my friend Roark, who used to sell Streetwise News, introduced us. Roark said to Stan, "She wants to take your picture." I wasn't yet used to being a person with a camera on the street and I was very shy. Well, today, I'm still very shy, and clumsy, and awkward, but so many other things have changed: sadly, my friend Roark isn't with us anymore-- he passed away in 2012 and I miss him still, I never saw Stan again but since then, I've taken hundreds more photos--thousands, in fact.. anyway, I'll end here with this lovely and enigmatic Tanita Tikaram song, pls enjoy....

Monday, January 11, 2016

goodbye ziggy

I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring.--david bowie

Monday, January 4, 2016

good questions

can you be sick for a home you've never seen?
--Jen Rose

do the shells still hear the sea though they are in pieces?
--L.L. Barkat
how long can this coffee cup last?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

a new year

vendor, Frederiksted, St. Croix  2016

Happy New Year! In St Croix last week at a J'ouvert festival and huge steel drum bands played while people ate and danced, and everywhere you turned there was more to be seen. But amidst all that, this man in his sandal stall with his wistful dreaming eyes stayed with me the most. I'm back in Chicago now but I wish him and all of us a happy 2016!