Disenfranchised Citizen

Chicago Photography, New Orleans Stories and Everywhere Politics…

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

American Beauty

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That moment when you’re walking down Michigan Avenue with your camera and see a ridiculous, huge advertisement on the wall for Sephora cosmetics, and it’s right at street level so you figure you can probably get a decent photo of someone wandering by, set against it and here comes somebody in a wheelchair, or this grizzled old guy who looks mad about everything and then, here she comes…and you take an image of a message that resonates with your personal beliefs on a number of subjects.

Have a nice day

– Drake

American Beauty2

Written by Drake Toulouse

July 26, 2016 at 4:46 AM

Politics

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I’ve mentioned this before, but it can be really irritating to look up from the Loop and see Trump stamped on that skyscraper right across the Chicago river. It’s always been ugly, but even more so now that this name has become a campaigning symbol for bullshit, for hate, for fear, xenophobia, racism and so much else of the ugly strain on society that politics can provide. I’m not much of a fan of Hillary either, but Trump is significantly worse, especially (I would imagine) for a group of Muslim men and women who have to look up, same as we all do to this craven stain in the sky…

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Politics

Written by Drake Toulouse

July 13, 2016 at 6:56 AM

Glitter

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Took this picture on Wabash Ave at the corner of Jewelers Row, a line of high priced jewelry stores. Must have stood about 8 feet away from this woman who was inside the shop, setting out merchandise before opening and she never noticed me through the glass or her morning routine. I like the feel of this picture, an older feel and these stores, this row have been around for a long, long time.

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Glitter

Written by Drake Toulouse

July 2, 2016 at 5:50 AM

Psychology

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Down on Wabash Street in Chicago’s Loop, where things can be so busy, people, colors, advertisements, messages…especially the messages that are subtly, and not so subtly in your face with every step…

Have a nice day.

– Drake

Psychology

Written by Drake Toulouse

June 25, 2016 at 6:19 AM

Toil

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A Saturday afternoon in Chinatown…one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city, one I’d love to actually live in but won’t. Like most cities, gentrification has taken hold in many parts of Chicago and I really don’t want to be a part of it, or at least I want to minimize my role as much as possible. So how do I do that? One way is on the occasions I visit neighborhoods like Humboldt Park, Pilsen and Logan Square I try to spend money in the more traditional, local businesses while staying the hell out of their newer blight: craft breweries, artisanal coffee shops and beard waxing salons.

And speaking of traditional, how long has this man been selling cotton candy in the area around Chinatown?

Most of my adult life, year after year.

Have a nice day,

Drake

Toil

Written by Drake Toulouse

June 8, 2016 at 6:33 AM