Disenfranchised Citizen

Chicago Photography, New Orleans Stories and Everywhere Politics…

Working for a Living

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Picked up a new camera, playing around with it in the very early morning commute in the Loop, sun just coming up on Wabash below the El…

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Written by Drake Toulouse

September 14, 2016 at 5:18 AM

Under the El…

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Took this shot yesterday morning, wandering the loop, clearing the head at around 7am. I’m part of a photography show this evening, and these kinds of things…I mean, I like them because people come to look at your photographs, but at the same time I’m very introverted so being anywhere but the sidelines and shadows is uncomfortable for me. I have a friend who organizes these things and I’m grateful for the exposure and the time he puts in, but I’d rather be like this guy, an indiscernable silhouette.

Oh yeah, and coming to New Orleans in 20 days, but who’s counting.

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Cave2

Written by Drake Toulouse

August 30, 2016 at 7:34 AM

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

Written by Drake Toulouse

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