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Last Days of Summer

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

As we squeeze the last few days out of summer, one last visit to the beach is a must.  Most people don't think of gorgeous beaches (or any beaches at all) when they think of the Midwest, but the Great Lakes surprisingly provide miles of beautiful shoreline.  Over Labor Day weekend, I was able to spend a little time on the beaches of Chicago.  The beaches there serve as a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.  A bit of paradise along the water...

A lone beachgoer enjoying the beautiful blues of Lake Michigan

A lone beachgoer enjoying the beautiful blues of Lake Michigan

I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer!  Want to keep a bit of summer in your house year-round?  Purchase prints of these images in the Etsy shop!

Chicago Weekend

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I've been able to travel a bit lately (woohoo!) and one of the destinations I visited was Chicago.  I spent time with my dear friend, Val.  (She, by the way, is an amazing graphic designer.  See for yourself here).  Our time together was filled with laughing, talking, city exploring, and photographing.  You know you have a good friend when she's always willing to join you on photo excursions!  Poor thing always has to put up with me trying to get the 'perfect shot.'  We made our way around the city, stopping to appreciate some famous and not-so-famous landmarks.  Even though we'd seen most of these sights many times before, it was rewarding to take the time to pause and reflect on their beauty.  

This was the most common sight during the weekend - me with camera in hand.

Here are just a few of the images I captured during the visit:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain

"The Flamingo" statue by Alexander Calder

"The Flamingo" statue by Alexander Calder

Want a bit of Chicago in your own home?  Prints can be purchased in the Etsy shop or by contacting me here.

Chicago in Black & White

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

There was a recent gallery exhibit of Ansel Adams' photographs that I had to check out.  What an inspiring talent that man was!  I was reminded of my love of black and white photography, developing black and white film with my own two hands, and spending hours in the darkroom creating prints.  Now days there's the "digital darkroom" that requires a whole new set of skills.  But we often forget the mastery that creating a darkroom print entails.  I SO wish I still had easy access to a darkroom because I could spend many a happy hour under the soft red glow of the lights. 

I've been working mostly in color lately, but Ansel inspired me to embrace the black and white again for a bit.  So...a trip up to Chicago yesterday + an Ansel Adams exhibit = Chicago in black and white. :)

 

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Millenium Park

Millenium Park

Union Station

Union Station

Under the "El"

Under the "El"

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 "The Bean"

 "The Bean"

Skyline with "The Bean" in lower left

Skyline with "The Bean" in lower left

Millenium Park

Millenium Park

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Visit the Etsy print shop to purchase prints or contact me to get any prints that have not yet been added to the shop!