Tag: Inspiration

Light in the Chicago Loop: A Photographer’s appreciation

Light in the Chicago Loop is a photographer’s inspiration. It plays across surfaces, curls around the corners of a collection of the world’s greatest buildings, and surprises with an occasional flash of brilliance. A few years ago one morning, a colleague and I happened to arrive together at the entrance of our office building in... Read more »

Wisconsin's Lady "Forward": history offers hope

"Forward" frames the Wisconsin State Capitol
“Forward” caught my eye recently. She strides outside the State Capitol building in Madison Wisconsin; “Forward” being the state’s motto, and also an allegorical sculpture positioned outside the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Miss Forward, as she is sometimes called, was sculpted by Jean Pond Miner for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and... Read more »

Ai Weiwei at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography: Slideshow

"Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" (1995) is one of Ai Weiwei's most visible works. Destroying the 2000 year-old artifact can be read as a gesture of creation, in that shattering past outmoded ways of thinking can make way for a new perspective. The act is also a reference to China's cultural revolution, which forced Ai's family into exile.
Pictures from an exhibition: #AiWeiwei at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. You can read my full post on the Ai Weiwei show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, here. Thanks for reading. Sign up below to get an email when a new post is live. Type your email address in the box and click... Read more »
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What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin

What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin
Throughout the hideousness that was this recent ‘election cycle’, I would often meditate on the presence of a charming little building out in the middle of what almost could seem like nowhere, deep in the Wisconsin driftless. Thinking about it kept me sane. Wisconsin’s first capitol in Belmont. I visited the site in February of... Read more »

We won't always live in a divisive world - All around there is proof of grace

We won't always live in a divisive world - All around there is proof of grace
I’m sitting in the airport in Paris ready to board my flight home, enjoying the last minutes surrounded by multiple voices and languages, skin tones, and customs. I love international travel. It pulls me out of my comfort zone. It puts me inside of the experience of the perfect, beautiful diversity of humanity on this... Read more »

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs through the month of December, kicked off with quite a bang this weekend. Here are a few highlights from things I’ve seen in the first few days. It’s a whirlwind of ideas and explorations. There is much to see and more to come. Others have mentioned the unwieldiness of... Read more »
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"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
That little man I saw the other evening at the Lake Michigan lakefront? He reminded me of the guy in one of my favorite children’s books about a pirate and the lure of the sea. This guy scuttled across Lakeshore Drive, heavy briefcase in his hand, leaning into his direction – speeding along – his black... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13
Today on my trek down to Lake Michigan I thought about taking risks and teamwork. Each day as I step out and turn eastward my mood transitions until almost ‘of a sudden’ I see the blue in the open space ahead. That brings clarity. Today, ‘the journey is the destination’ came to mind. I held... Read more »
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Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude
As I make my Thanksgiving trek – over the river and through the wood (such as it is), I’m thinking about pilgrimage and gratitude. I think about the idealism of that song, the aspirations we hold in our hearts as we plan our gatherings. And I think about courage in the face of adversity. Thanksgiving,... Read more »