Here’s a 360 degree panorama I shot at the legendary Ramova grill in Bridgeport (the neighborhood where last night’s enormous warehouse fire took place) not long before it closed last May. This will be part of an interactive documentary project that filmmaker Jen Kienzler is producing, which will include brief audio stories as told by many of Ramova’s regulars. (She is currently seeking tech help to put it together; if you might be available, please email her.)
The counter, stools, and booths have been relocated to Benton House where they are hosting a “soup kitchen” tomorrow night, with help from Soup and Bread.
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Cermak and Canal, shot with a Widelux.
Last Friday the Chicago area was treated to a sublime sunset sky. Here’s a shot (7 actually, stitched together) taken near my studio in Douglas Park. I’m reminded of something Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “I believe in God, only I spell it “Nature”.
Pitchfork Music Festival begins today, and I’ll be shooting video again with my friends Miss Mia and Ratso, hosts of the incredible public access television kids dance show, Chic-a-go-go. When I say incredible I’m not resorting to hyperbole; take a look at this list of past musical guests. I shot the picture above at the ’09 festival, right before (I’ve gotta be honest with you, it may have been after) Mia and Ratso interviewed art rock Baltimoreans Ponytail (that’s Ratso with the corrugated feet; Mia to his right, and the other three are Ponytail).
And for you counter-cultural types, you can get your weird-on at the anti-Pitchfork festival, Bitchpork.
I shot this picture (actually about 12 shots stitched together) earlier tonight in the enchanting Douglas Park.
Volcanoes National Park on the big island, Hawaii.
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I’m flying back home tomorrow morning. More pictures to come…
Here’s a 180 degree view of the Earwax Cafe in Chicago. If you stop in for a visit, be sure to tell the monkey at the back of the room to cut it out.
(photo by Jim Newberry)
I have some touristy photographs from a trip I took last month to Los Angeles. For my fellow Chicagoans, enjoy the weather porn!
360 degree view of the Venice Beach boardwalk. Hey, in the light gray sweatshirt–is that Chicago-expat-current-Venice-resident Hayley Murphy? Hard to tell from this far away…
By rope, this badass drags his baby grand piano to the boardwalk every day.
I hadn’t been to the Venice Canals before; a very lovely site for a nocturnal stroll. For you “hate America first” folks, just try finding something like this in a foreign country. Why don’t you try the “Old Europe?” I didn’t think so. (Photos by Jim Newberry)