Chicago architecture

Ranging from the Tribune Tower to the Willis Tower, the architecture of Chicago is impressive even at a glance. You don’t have to know the first thing about buildings (I’m clueless) to appreciate the unique combination of modern and traditional architecture scattered throughout the city. Also, there’s deep-dish pizza and the Cubs. Personally, there is something about the uniformity of skyscraper windows that I love!

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The first time I tried to capture the regularity of these windows with a point-and-shoot camera was in New York over 10 years ago. The heat that summer was record-breaking and the photo reflected that. Rows upon rows of windows each fitted with an air conditioner. I had never seen so many air conditioners on one building face! This massive building must have had hundreds of air conditioners jutting out of its windows. I still have that photo printed in my current apartment and whenever I look at it I can’t believe how long ago that was. It also reminds me that there is a striking contrast between the ‘bland’ exterior of an apartment complex and the vibrant life inside. Maybe that’s why I enjoy taking photos of seemingly average buildings.

Of course, Chicago’s skyscrapers are anything but average. They tower over you and block the sun from reaching the sidewalks. Their shadows are so huge you actually feel the temperature drop when you step into one. They also provide us with incredible views of the city! Plus, they’re pretty amazing to look at on their own.

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Don’t forget to look UP next time you’re in Chicago! Feeling like an ant amongst skyscrapers is highly underrated.

– Diane –

Getting back into photography

Hi and welcome to my first blog post!

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos and am in constant awe of dedicated photographers. A couple weeks ago I rediscovered a pile of expired, exposed 120mm film from who-knows-when, taken on a Holga 120FN. That weekend I went out to Photo St-Denis to develop a single roll of film and the memories came flooding back. There were photos of the Byward market in Ottawa and my friend and I at Mooney’s Bay taken 8 years (?) ago. It’s amazing how a photo can bring back the emotions and memories of that time in an instant.

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So, that brings me to today. I have put photography on hold for the past few years since moving to Montreal but this experience has me feeling invigorated about photography all over again! There are 3 exposed films of unknown content that still need to be developed and 5 unused 120mm rolls. I can’t wait to find out what hidden photos have been sitting there all these years!! The last time I developed a roll of film was about 9 years ago. I had taken some standard photos of the items in my room and had completely forgotten what those items were until I received the printed photos. The poor developer must have been so confused and concerned when one of the photos revealed…a BOX OF HUMAN BONES. Yes, you heard me. Bones. Before you think I’m a crazy serial killer, let me explain! I was taking a course in human anatomy and we were required to take a box of bones home to study before the exam. In retrospect, taking a photo of those bones was a weird choice but it was worth the story.

I don’t have a specific purpose for this blog but if you’re interested in lifestyle, travel, and the beautiful city of Montreal I will be posting photos taken with a range of cameras: Holga 120FN, my sadly neglected Minolta (film) inherited from my dad, Canon (digital), polaroid, and…iphone. Hopefully this blog will motivate me to improve my photography skills and overcome my fear of sharing my photos with everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Diane

(…do people normally sign their name at the end of a blog post?)

Photo St-Denis: http://photostdenis.com/en/