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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

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

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

On Wabash Ave

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Due to an unfortunate leg injury, I’ve been unable to be out shooting pictures in my normal style of wandering the Loop. New tactics dictated by new pain – and rather than the wandering, instead I’ve had to find locations that interest me and then wait to see what comes my way. This was yesterday morning, sitting and watching when I struck up a conversation with this gentleman who then stood, profile against this advertisement on another side of another building. I looked at what I was seeing for a few minutes and then asked if I could take his picture. He agreed, facing me but I asked if he would stand back at profile.

He smiled and agreed.

This is the result…have a nice day.

Drake

On Wabash2

Written by Drake Toulouse

May 31, 2016 at 6:58 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