Disenfranchised Citizen

Chicago Photography, New Orleans Stories and Everywhere Politics…

The Commuter…

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Chicago, she’s a large place. Large buildings, streets, elevated trains, geographically spread out, to go from one place to another can take well over an hour and this getting around can give you a lot of time to think, to feel isolated, alone, even when surrounded by thousands, millions of people. This size is both to the advantage and detriment of a life here…but we are a city of commuters. Sometimes I’m okay with this, sometimes not, sometimes I’m just looking forward to time in New Orleans to slow this all down and feel like I’m with family again…

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Swallowed

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 23, 2016 at 5:51 AM

Morning – Chicago

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This was taken during the Lollapalooza weekend here in Chicago. Many a character were out and about, at least on the surface, though they all seemed to fill a certain mold, that kind of outdoor music festival of colorful clothes, long beards and assorted whatnot that are kind of becoming their own uniform of difference, so admittedly I was kind of bored with it and had considered heading to Chinatown to take pictures, when I stumbled upon this young woman who for reasons I can’t clearly define, interested me…

Have a nice day.

– Drake

A Chicago Mourning

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 19, 2016 at 5:41 AM

Just a few words about the thing, that thing that happened…

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That thing, that thing right over there!

That thing happening right over there…

Hey, remember that thing that happened, that thing in the news, that thing in the news you read a couple of articles about?

Yeah, that thing, those articles you skimmed through looking for items, opinions and maybe a couple of facts that agreed with the opinions you feel very strongly about, opinions you formed from reading a couple of other articles about similar things a while back.

Right, and remember how you sat down to your favorite bit of online social media to write about the thing, to make sweeping generalizations about the people involved not only in that thing, but in things like it in the news over the past months, years, however long, things you also read a couple of articles about at the time…you think, pretty sure you read about it, and oh yeah, you heard something about it on the radio once, and maybe your favorite podcast or pundit platform: after all, that thing is really big in the news right now.

Okay, well, just a suggestion, but maybe turn off your computer before hitting enter on that thing you’re writing and go out to have some conversations instead.

I can’t say this for sure, but chances are there is a lot more to this thing than you know (even with those articles you read or words you heard on the television and radio), and what you’re about to post, this will really only resonate with people who have also not had conversations, nor any real first hand knowledge with things like this, and if those people are the only people who will, in fact, hear what you have to say about that thing, and will then write more sweeping generalizations in the comments section to the thing you wrote, who does this really benefit?

Does it seek answers to the thing, or is it just a confirmation to how you feel about the thing that happened, while adding nothing to any sort of resolution?

Writing like that about these kinds of things is kind of selfish and self interested, if you think about it…and maybe with less generalized writing and more conversations in real life, there could be less of those things happening, period. Hell, maybe with more conversations in real life, and fewer diatribes on social media that don’t really say a whole lot about the thing, instead saying much more about the person writing the thing they read something about, once or twice, we could live in a better world where conversations take the place of things entirely.

It’s just a thought…

Have a nice day, or something.

-Drake

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August 15, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Life in a Box

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We’ve all kind of felt this way at times, haven’t we? Sometimes it’s a result of things gone wrong, or of poor choices or a feeling of powerlessness. Sometimes it’s just a matter of catching the shadows right and having a security guard wander into frame at just the right moment…

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Life in a Box

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Unapologetically…

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This shot was taken last evening in Chicago’s Loop at the protest against the killing of Paul O’Neal by the Chicago Police Department. The organizers of this event, and others are four high school students: Sophia Byrd, Eva Lewis, Natalie Braye (speaking) and Maxine Wint.

“The United States was built on  the oppression of people of color and women and we cannot move towards a more equitable society without acknowledging this fact. … There is an obvious need for change in this country and it needs to happen now.” – Natalie Braye

What these four young women are doing in the city of Chicago is both important and powerful.

Have a nice day

– Drake Toulouse

Unapologetically

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 8, 2016 at 6:54 AM

Ghosts…

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There’s an Army Navy store in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with this large mural painted on it’s side. I’ve always enjoyed the mural and have taken its picture previously but was trying to find a way to make it more interesting, for me anyway. Across the street is an insurance office and I wondered what it would look like if I shot the mural purely as a reflection. All I needed was somebody to wander into the scene, and then they looked over at me, I assume, to wonder why I was taking a picture of a nondescript window…here’s the result.

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Ghosts of War3

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 2, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Where the city meets…

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I ride the trains everyday, to work, to play, to wherever…when I grabbed my apartment in Chicago, it was most important to be within a block of the El-Train stop as these short steps to the train really are the keys to this huge, spread-out city. Riding the trains, you see a lot, a lot of people both willing and unwilling to be a part of each others lives, and the trains have a way of making everyone your closest friend. There’s no choice in these smaller spaces and the cars really are one of the few places where the city meets and sometimes talk, and even sometimes talk about what should be done to improve this city, conversations that happen whether Rahm likes it or not.

And he really doesn’t. Conversation can bring people together and create change, even when people pretend to be all alone among a sea of arms.

Where The City Meets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Written by Drake Toulouse

July 28, 2016 at 8:52 PM

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