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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

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

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

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Written by Drake Toulouse

July 26, 2016 at 4:46 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

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

State Street…

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...there I heard the daughters of December...
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This photograph was taken in the morning, before work in Chicago’s Loop, which if not familiar is right downtown where all the El-trains meet. Even as a social worker, I’m often guilty of just walking by – the problem is too big, what am I supposed to do to help…etc. I was once asked by a relative how best to deal with the panhandlers she encounters and I suggested whether she gives money or not, make eye contact and recognize humanity, theirs and ours. Something that makes homelessness even more difficult is the feeling you’ve become invisible.

In the days I’ve spent working with people who are struggling, it’s what I’ve been told by them time and time again.

Have a nice day.

Drake

Written by Drake Toulouse

May 1, 2016 at 7:27 AM