My original plan was to spend the weekend in Chicago riding L (elevated) trains & capturing images for a project I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s premise is sort of an Urban-Train-System-Exemplifying-the-Hustle-and-Bustle-of-the-Big-City kinda’ thing. Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned. It turns out that on some weekends, much of the hustle and most of the bustle just vanishes.
Those hyper-driven urbanites who, during weekdays, cram themselves into every bus, train, & Uber to get to their downtown jobs apparently avoid downtown on the weekends. Who knew? There went my hopes of photographing throngs of people meandering in, on, and around the L. Eh…sometimes we have to improvise, adapt, & overcome. Right?
Of course, there were still plenty of trains & (a few) people hanging around, so my new plan still included L train platform shots. But, I was in Chicago! A city whose architecture and urban environ are spectacular even on the weekend! Buildings…trains…people – seems like street photography to me.
So, long story short(er)…that’s how the seemingly unrelated themes of L trains & architecture ended up in the same post. Although I think this thematic approach works, my next trip to Chicago will definitely include a day or three -during the week- to complete the original photo project. 😉
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