If I have any kind of philosophy about my photography, it’s to document the things I see every day. There are plenty of people who take beautiful photos of Chicago and its architecture or the lakefront, but I want to capture the places that catch my eye while I’m going to work or running errands.
I carry this with me when I travel or visit a new neighborhood. I might take snapshots of the landmarks and tourist attractions on my phone to say, “I was here.” But to whatever extent I can make art, it’s with the spaces in between: the fences and old storefronts, the graffiti and peeling paint, the alleys and the loading docks and the train yards. Everyday urban landscapes.