Me at a street festival in Chicago. This is the definitive most identifiable "Amanda" smile. I have a picture from age 5 that is almost identical!
Picture of me giving my painting a big kiss
Me in Lincoln Park near the zoo. I used to work there
Me working on a piece in my studio
Close up of old building on Southside of Chicago. The colors are part of my favorite palette. I also like the use of text. I like to capture text out of context.
Me working on a piece in my studio using similar color palette as the image before
I like to shoot images of the city that give a glimpse of cultural trends or occurrences that mark the moment. I like the contrast b/w the enormous hope "Obama" represented and the irony of how hopeless a fried food diet is to poor communities
As an architect, I am forever intrigues with materiality. I like little details of architectural craftsmanship and their decay over time
I like early morning walks. Here is one of my favorite shots of Chicago at Oakwood Beach. I didn't notice the tree until after I shot it, it makes it look "wind"- windy city?
This is another early morning shot of a good friend's annual baptism ritual in Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful moment.
I took a trip with a young man I mentor to the top of the Sears Tower (I refuse to say Willis) in their new "Floating Box". I love architecture and doing silly touristy things.
4 of my very favorite guys in the world! I was excited that they were all in the same place, they live in a various cities
A very special person who is shy (not really)
A great shot at an annual "House Music: picnic. One of the things I love about my hometown is how everyone feels like family. Down home, peaceful fun with a bunch of old souls
Early morning shot of two houses that seemed almost like two friends standing next to one another. What stories might they tell? Foreclosed? Historic? Old & New?
My best friend holding his daughter after her baptism. This photo makes me happy. Its so sweet
A detail of a recent painting
I love handwritten signs on architecture. The kind of bear bones functionality, no concern with composition but beautiful still
A shot out of my painting studio window at dusk. The skyline is such a security blanket and inspiration
Last shot as I left the Bay area, my previous home for 10 years before. The fog is magical