As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve left Chicago and am traveling for a while, first stop Bangkok, Thailand (on my way to Chiang Mai), where I shot this portrait. I plan to continue posting photos here at PictureDujour.com, but I’ve started a new blog, PatrioticEarthling.com, specifically for my nomadic excursion.
I’ve lived in Chicago, one of the greatest cities in the world, for almost five decades. But now I’ve decided to divest myself of most of my worldly possessions, leave town with only as much as I can carry, and travel abroad for an indeterminate length of time. Inspired by people like Matt, Jodi, Rolf, and Erin & Simon, I’ll be embarking on a serendipitous journey for a couple months, or maybe a year or more.
I’ll be a slow-traveling, nomadic minimalist doing location-independent work (photography, videography, web design), which is a verbose and pretentious way of saying I’ll be a hobo. I’m starting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a destination that by all accounts is fabulous: culturally-rich, inexpensive, with reliable Internet access (gotta have it to work), friendly people, and spectacular food. From there maybe more travel around Asia, Australia, New Zealand…who knows. I’ll be regularly posting updates and photos at another, soon-to-be-launched travel blog.
Note to clients: I’ll have access to my digital archives while abroad, and will be easy to reach via email. So if you need images from a previous shoot, just holler. And I’ll be available for photo and video assignments if you need something shot in Thailand, or elsewhere on the planet.
Author and professor Rachel Shteir caused a stir with her Chicago-bashing New York Times article earlier this month. Here’s a portrait from my archives, shot in 2005 for a profile in the Reader. The Reader‘s Michael Miner weighs in on Shteir’s article here, and follows up here.
This photo just won an APA award. Thanks to Ania Sodziak for the inspiring pose.
Last November I met John Grabski III, who was in town recording an album (as “Teeth”) with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. I was planning on waiting until the record was pressed to post the photos, but I just heard the terrible news that he died (I’m not yet exactly sure when–sometime in the last few days). He had long known that he had cancer and didn’t have long to live, but nonetheless this came as a shock. I was looking forward to meeting him again and talking to him about the finished record. I only spent a couple hours with him but he made quite an impression in that short time. The record, called “The Strain,” is here.
The cover of today’s Chicago Sun-Times features a portrait I shot of hacker Jeremy Hammond, who was arrested at his Bridgeport home on Monday. The picture is from a 2005 assignment for the Reader.
Last night a group of enthusiastic and fabulous Soul Train fans gathered on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park to pay tribute to the show’s host, Don Cornelius, who died yesterday.
The New York Times published a fascinating, heart-wrenching feature yesterday, called The Lives They Loved. They asked readers to send a photograph of a loved one who died last year; I submitted a picture of my close friend Diane Izzo.
Beer-spewing, shaggy-haired, self-lacerating, leather-skirt-wearing air-guitar maniac Nordic Thunder (aka Justin Howard), who I had the privilege to photograph for this week’s Reader (see my previous post), has made every single American–and particularly Chicagoans–proud to be a member of the same (or similar) species. Congratulations Nordic, YTMND.