Chicago Elevated Train
You can buy this print here. This photograph, taken in Chicago in September 2013 was a picture from the road our hotel was on. The train station was right underneath our bedroom window and we thought the trains would keep us awake – it was surprisingly quiet!
This image is quite an iconic one – one that seemed so familiar and yet so alien all at once. We had seen it on so many movies, but have nothing like this in Britain. It was a joy to take the train from the airport and back and see the Chicago streets from an angle that we would have completely missed on any other form of transport. It was a great way of seeing the city.
Chicago Millennium Monument with Little Girl in Red, White and Blue
You can buy this picture here. We had just been at ‘The Bean’ or ‘Cloud Gate’ as it is also known, and were walking towards Michigan Avenue to get back into the main city ready for our Willis Tower adventure (you can read more about that on the Blog section). We walked right past this beautiful fountain (I have since found out it is the Millennium Monument) and we loved the contrast with the older style architecture with the modern skyscrapers behind it, as is typical for Chicago.
Originally this picture was going to portray that contrast, but then a little girl ran into the picture and began peering into the water. I almost didn’t take the photo, waiting for her to get out of the shot, but I snapped it anyway, and we just love the result. The red, white and blue of her outfit contrasts brilliantly with the stone of the fountain, and her youthful and playfulness bring the fountain alive. The City of Chicago reckon that this Monument bring together the past and the present (as it is a replica of the piece that stood on the same spot between 1917 and 1973) – this little girl adds the future to that picture too.
I love it when people are able to interact with buildings or sculptures or pieces of art. Chicago is full of that. And this little girl had no sense of doing the wrong thing – running into a picture while someone is taking it, or playing with the water inside the fountain – she was just free to be herself. No self-consciousness. I like that.