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Early Evening Snow Flurries was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop. Commute should be fun

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I took Early Evening Snow Flurries on January 17, 2020 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 17, 2020 at 04:44PM

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January 17th, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Rush Hour in the Snow was uploaded to Flickr

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Commuting tonight should be fun

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I took Rush Hour in the Snow on January 17, 2020 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 17, 2020 at 04:44PM

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January 17th, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Simplicity Not Scorn was uploaded to Flickr

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Chicago River

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I took Simplicity Not Scorn on April 22, 2017 at 09:48AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 16, 2020 at 04:11PM

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January 16th, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Installation – Cildo Meireles – How to Build Cathedrals

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Cildo Meireles -How to Build Cathedrals

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1948 –
Missão/Missões [Mission/Missions] (How to Build Cathedrals), 1987
600,000 coins, 800 communion wafers, 2,000 cattle bones, 80 paving stones, and black cloth

Cildo Meireles’s installation was first commissioned for an exhibition about the history of the Jesuits in southern Brazil. The artist created a contemplative space that functions as a critique of Jesuit missions established during colonial times to contain the indigenous Tupi-Guaraní people and convert them to Catholicism. The work’s symbolic elements reveal the complicit relationship between material power (coins), spiritual power (communion wafers), and tragedy (bones), while the black shroud and overhead lighting evoke ideas of life and death. Meireles’ use of cattle bones references the importance of ranching within the region’s colonial economy. Yet the bones’ physical resemblance to the human femur also alludes to the human losses associated with forced acculturation.

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

I took this photo April 2nd, 2017, and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 15, 2020.

I tried a few different versions of this photo (in my darkroom), one version brought up the mom’s visibility from the shadows, but I liked this one the best. The green of the background window added some additional color contrasts.

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January 16th, 2020 at 1:32 pm

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We Can All Become Gods On Occasion

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We Can All Become Gods On Occasion

Photographer, Lake Michigan.

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Photo taken April 9th, 2017, and processed in my digital darkroom January 15, 2020.

The day was actually quite bright, with an azure sky, and the water reflecting blue hues, instead I muted the colors (90% fade of an overlay of Fuji Pro 400H in emulation)

Written by Seth Anderson

January 16th, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Waiting For Yesterday’s Midnight – Explored

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A photo of mine made into Flickr Explore

Waiting For Yesterday's Midnight

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Christmas day was very warm, I had to go outside for a walk, and snapped this photo of Wolf Point and the Chicago River by resting my camera on the railing of a bridge.

Written by Seth Anderson

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:24 am

Knut Sitting On the Steps of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Explored

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A photo of mine made it into Flickr’s Explore

Knut Sitting On the Steps of the Museum of Contemporary Art

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Labor Day weekend visitors Honoria and Knut explored Chicago with me (and on their own).

For instance, the Virgil Abloh show at the MCA

 You're Obviously In The Wrong Place
You’re Obviously In The Wrong Place

Some other photos from that weekend’s fun…

Knut After An Aperol Spritz

Knut After An Aperol Spritz

Tai Chi on Sedgwick El Platform

Tai Chi on Sedgwick El Platform (Knut’s photo)

Memorializing An Aperol Spritz

Memorializing An Aperol Spritz

Written by Seth Anderson

January 2nd, 2020 at 10:23 am

Exploring Oak Park – Hearing Angles Of Great Jazz Notes

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I have never explored Oak Park much, until last week I spent about 2 hours walking around downtown. I need to go a few more times to see more areas that looked intriguing to photograph.

There is a lot Frank Lloyd Wright for instance.

Hearing Angles Of Great Jazz Notes

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL

Commissioned by the congregation of Oak Park Unity Church in 1905, Wright’s Unity Temple is the greatest public building of the architect’s Chicago years. Wright’s family on his mother’s side were Welsh Unitarians, and his uncle Jenkin Lloyd Jones was a distinguished Unitarian preacher with a parish on Chicago’s south side where Wright and his wife Catherine were married.  Wright identified with the rational humanism of Unitarianism, particularly as influenced by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendentalism, uniting all beings as one with the divine presence.

The design he submitted to the congregation broke with almost every existing convention for traditional Western ecclesiastic architecture. On the novel choice of construction material Wright states, “There was only one material to choose—as church funds were $45,000. Concrete was cheap.” Wright’s bold concept for the building enabled a series of concrete forms to be repeated multiple times.

In harmony with Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture, the concrete was left uncovered by plaster, brick, or stone. Wright’s sensitive handling of materials was a defining feature of his architecture from early in his career. “Bring out the nature of the materials,” Wright insisted in his seminal essay In the Cause of Architecture, “let their nature intimately into your scheme. Reveal the nature of wood, plaster, brick, or stone in your designs, they are all by nature friendly and beautiful. No treatment can be really a matter of fine art when those natural characteristics are, or their nature is, outraged or neglected.”

I had read about Unity Temple long ago, but had forgotten until I walked up to it, and was amazed.

An Aura Of Sacred Mystery

An Aura Of Sacred Mystery

For The Worship Of God And The Service Of Man

For The Worship Of God And The Service Of Man

I took other photos of Unity Temple, but haven’t yet processed them.

Remnants of A Holinger & Company Safe

Remnants of A Holinger & Company Safe

Lake Street, looks to be under reconstruction. There’s a story here for sure.

Percy L. Julian, Ph. D

Percy L. Julian, Ph.D

Reading his Wikipedia entry, I wonder who is working on a screenplay about his life?

Circa 1950, Julian moved his family to the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, becoming the first African-American family to reside there. Although some residents welcomed them into the community, there was also opposition. Before they even moved in, on Thanksgiving Day, 1950, their home was fire-bombed. Later, after they moved in, the house was attacked with dynamite on June 12, 1951. The attacks galvanized the community, and a community group was formed to support the Julians.  Julian’s son later recounted that during these times, he and his father often kept watch over the family’s property by sitting in a tree with a shotgun.

In 1953, Julian founded his own research firm, Julian Laboratories, Inc. He brought many of his best chemists, including African-Americans and women, from Glidden to his own company. Julian won a contract to provide Upjohn with $2 million worth of progesterone (equivalent to $17 million today).  

To compete against Syntex, he would have to use the same Mexican yam, obtained from the Mexican barbasco trade, as his starting material. Julian used his own money and borrowed from friends to build a processing plant in Mexico, but he could not get a permit from the government to harvest the yams.

Abraham Zlotnik, a former Jewish University of Vienna classmate whom Julian had helped escape from the Holocaust, led a search to find a new source of the yam in Guatemala for the company.

Memorial To Soldiers Who Fought in World War 1 Oak Park and River Forest

Memorial To Soldiers Who Fought in World War I, Oak Park, and River Forest

In the center of Scoville Park. 

The CTA’s Green Line runs through Oak Park, several blocks are covered in murals much like the murals at Hubbard Street.

Although Your World Wonders Me

Although Your World Wonders Me

Springtime For Robots

Springtime For Robots

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December 31st, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Dreams and Artwork

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I keep a file on my iPad of dreams that I recall or that wake me up so that I don’t have to recount them publicly to you my remaining readers. I’m making an exception because this particular dream yielded some art that I am proud of. Sunday morning at 4 AM I woke up, thirsty, and in the middle of a dream.


In my dream gallery, there was an image that included a layer of golden dots. The next evening, I found this beautiful image on one of my Flickr contacts feed: 

014/365: Effervescence

Does it mean anything? Probably not, but…

Dream notes from Jan, 2018:

I was welcoming family to an art opening of my work (shown in a gallery with some other people). Bigger than Marty’s gallery. And it didn’t seem like photos, seemed like oil paint. One was a study of a man’s face in variations of white – painting was 8 feet tall. Another was a bunch of heads floating on a doorway. “Used real canvas this time” I told George (?). Another had a three dimension component sticking out. Then there was a portrait of a young boy, covered in gold specks. “Not one of mine, but it’s cool”.

I didn’t finish the post in 2018, nor keep my complete thought. I’m pretty sure the art I came up with was this self-portrait collage:

Time Grows On the Cement Self Portrait


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December 30th, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Trump + Ricketts = Don’t Buy Tickets – In Flickr Explore

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Another photo of mine made it into Flickr Explore (click to embiggen)

Trump + Ricketts = Don't Buy Tickets

Trump + Ricketts = Don’t Buy Tickets

Formula checks out.

I went to the Trump Tower protest 10/28/19, and took a few snapshots of the crowd and of various signs. Trump was in town to besmirch Chicago, make fun of people who have died of gun violence, and then fundraise with his buddy Todd Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs. Trump wasn’t welcomed as much as he was jeered.

Dahleen Glanton of the Chicago Tribune:

The people outside Trump’s comfort zone were as different as America allows each of us to be. And they were united in a single goal — to let Trump know that he’s not welcome in Chicago. Even if he didn’t see it, maybe, at least, he sensed it.

It is obvious that Trump doesn’t like Chicago. He has no use for voters here. In 2016, Trump won only 38% of the vote in Illinois, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 55%. Buoyed by Chicago, Clinton got a whopping 74% of the vote in Cook County, compared to Trump’s embarrassing 21%.

There is no way he can count on Chicago in 2020, so he’s resigned to making our city a punching bag.
On his first visit to Chicago since becoming president, Trump wasted no time trashing our city. Speaking to a gathering of international chiefs of police, he again compared Chicago to Afghanistan, saying that the war-torn nation is a “safe place by comparison” and declaring that Chicago is “embarrassing to us as a nation.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot struck back, calling his attack “insulting, ignorant buffoonery.”

That was mild, though, compared to what other Chicagoans were saying.
The overwhelming sentiment at the rally, which turned into an impromptu march through downtown picking up cheering bystanders along the way, was not only that Trump should be impeached, but also that he needs to be in jail.
The chants were loud and fierce, often accompanied by a drumbeat.
“Lock him up!” “This is what democracy looks like!” “Hey, Hey, Ho Ho, Donald Trump has got to go!” “Democracy is under attack. What do we do? Stand up, fight back!”


(click here to continue reading Column: Chicago threw a great protest rally for Donald Trump. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to see it. – Chicago Tribune.)

AP reports:

While in Chicago, Trump headlined a campaign luncheon at his hotel in the city, raising approximately $4 million for a joint fundraising committee benefiting Trump’s reelection effort and the Republican National Committee, according to the GOP.

Thousands of demonstrators rallied outside the hotel, waving colorful signs that said “Impeach Trump Now” and “Quid Pro Quo Trump Must Go.” They also shouted chants such as “Lock him up” and “Trump must go.”

Some said they came to protest out of a fear for the country they have never felt before.

“It will take decades to put things back in place,” said Caroline Mooney, a 61-year-old marketing analyst from the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.

“If something doesn’t happen next November, we may not recover,” said her friend Steve Schaibley, who drove 2-1 / 2 hours from Livingston County.

(click here to continue reading Trump calls Chicago an embarrassment to U.S. | State News | news-gazette.com.)

Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times:

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, the Republican National Committee finance chair, will oversee fundraising for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign as the two organizations merge their 2020 efforts, the RNC announced Friday.

Ricketts, a Wilmette resident, took over RNC fundraising duties in January 2018. The RNC appointment came after Ricketts withdrew his name to be deputy commerce secretary because it was too complicated to untangle his finances.

Under Trump, the RNC and the Trump bid for a second term will fundraise under a unified joint flag called the Trump Victory Committee.

“I am honored to continue to support President Trump and the Republican Party through the Trump Victory Committee,” Ricketts said in a statement. “As we head toward 2020, I will work to ensure President Trump and his campaign have the resources they need

(click here to continue reading Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to run President Trump’s re-election fundraising.)

Some other of my photos of the protest:

Trump - Black Lives Matter

Trump – Black Lives Matter

Traitor Go Back To Moscow

Traitor Go Back To Moscow

Great Impeachment, Robin!

Great Impeachment, Robin! Batman and Robin showed up to protest the Dotard

Impeach Trump

Impeach Trump

Get Out Trump

Get Out Trump

Make America Great Again - Deport Trump

Make America Great Again – Deport Trump

Written by Seth Anderson

October 30th, 2019 at 6:59 am

Remember When I Needed A Helping Hand – Flickr Explored

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Another photo of mine made it to Flickr’s Explore gallery.

Remember When I Needed A Helping Hand

I took the photo a couple years ago in Lincoln Park with some friends, waiting for a solar eclipse. Unfortunately, the only mind altering substances available was a few sips from a cold bottle of saké.

In my digital darkroom, I used a filter to emulate cross-processing, which is an analog darkroom technique where film is developed using chemicals intended for a different type of film.


Cross processing (sometimes abbreviated to Xpro) is the deliberate processing of photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. The effect was discovered independently by many different photographers often by mistake in the days of C-22 and E-4. Color cross processed photographs are often characterized by unnatural colors and high contrast. The results of cross processing differ from case to case, as the results are determined by many factors such as the make and type of the film used, the amount of light exposed onto the film and the chemical used to develop the film. Similar effects can also be achieved with digital filter effects.


(click here to continue reading Cross processing – Wikipedia.)

I’m considering making a large print of this, but we’ll see.

Written by Seth Anderson

October 21st, 2019 at 11:20 am

Strangers To Love – Explored

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Strangers To Love

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Photo taken a couple summers ago at some Wicker Park street festival, added to Flickr Explore 10/9/2019.

The woman was playfully teasing her boyfriend because while he hemmed and hawed and tried to line up his perfect shot, I stepped in and took a quick photo, and she gestured at me, saying something, “come on, this guy already took my picture!”

I’m a zen photographer: I see something interesting, snap, and either the photo turns out ok or not. And in fact, this is a flawed photo, my focus was a little off, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Tri-X 400 in emulation, using Exposure 5.

Written by Seth Anderson

October 9th, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Weary Of Remaining Upright was uploaded to Flickr

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Kinzie Street Bridge

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I took Weary Of Remaining Upright on October 20, 2017 at 04:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 06, 2019 at 04:35PM

Swim At Your Own Risk was uploaded to Flickr

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No Lifeguard On Duty, Salungula Pool, Inarajan, Guam

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I took Swim At Your Own Risk on June 25, 2019 at 07:56PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 08, 2019 at 11:51PM

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July 9th, 2019 at 12:43 am

Don’t Know Where To Finish was uploaded to Flickr

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Wolf Point somewhere

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I took Don’t Know Where To Finish on August 31, 2014 at 04:51AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 09, 2019 at 05:52AM

Update: apologies for multiple posts (IFTTT messed up again)

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May 9th, 2019 at 5:58 am