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This week I found myself taking photographs through my train window while passing through the far South Side of Chicago. These were originally posted to my Facebook and Instagram pages but I thought it would be nice to collect them all here.

 

92ndPlVincennes

92nd Place and Vincennes Avenue, Brainerd

 

91stVincennes

91st Street and Vincennes Avenue, Brainerd

 

78thFielding

78th Street and Fielding Avenue, Auburn Gresham

 

76thNormal2

76th Street and Normal Avenue, Auburn Gresham

 

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76th Street and Normal Avenue, Auburn Gresham

 

75thEggleston

75th Street and Eggleston Avenue, Auburn Gresham

 

72ndStewart

72nd Street and Stewart Avenue, Englewood

 

MarquetteYale

Marquette Road and Yale Avenue, Englewood

 

These neighborhoods have special meaning for me, since my mom grew up in Auburn Park (now part of Auburn Gresham) and my grandmother in Englewood. Though the neighborhoods have changed significantly since my family lived there, both economically and racially, it touches me to see (albeit from the distance of a train viaduct) the streets and many of the same buildings that they moved amongst every day, up until the mid 1940s.

My method was fairly basic. Since there was no way to carefully compose photographs from a moving train, I simply had to take a flurry of shots in promising areas, and then sift through them afterward for the best images, which I cropped significantly to cut out the extraneous, and adjusted for brightness and contrast. Some were taken facing east toward the sun, which resulted in darker images after editing, while others were taken facing west (especially the Brainerd photos, which were the only ones taken under a completely clear sky) and were marked by more natural, vivid light. Any blurring was the inevitable result of the train moving at twenty or thirty miles per hour - instead of marring the photos, I think the blurring helps create a sense of motion.

June 11, 2016 in Chicago Observations, Photography | Permalink

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