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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

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

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.

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Have a nice day.

– Drake

Written by Drake Toulouse

July 28, 2016 at 8:52 PM

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