Candid street photograph of a man walking underneath elevated train tracks and through patches of light which resemble an old Atari game. (If cars had been driving by while the guy was crossing the street, I'm sure I would have titled this, "Frogger.")
Magic in the Moonlight
This photograph is a favorite of mine because of how straightforward it is. I was at Adler Planetarium on a really cold morning in March because I hoped to make some cityscape photographs. Unfortunately, the sun was still twenty minutes from making its first appearance, but what happened while I was waiting was pure magic.
When I turned around to see where the moon was, I noticed these two shadows embracing on the stairs on Adler Planetarium. With the moon on the far right-hand side, the street lamp in the middle, and the couple on the left, I knew I had a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.
After I made the picture I quickly put my camera back on the tripod and waited for the sunrise to appear... but I kept turning around every so often to see if the couple were still there. Moments like the one this couple shared are few and far between. Hopefully this photograph inspires you to grab the person you love and hold them close. (If nothing else, give them a call and just say, "I love you.")
This is one of my more unusual candid street photographs. It's unusual because I used a telephoto lens to zoom in on the window washers. It was an exceptionally pedestrian March day on Michigan Avenue when, while sitting in the back of a cab, I noticed something dangling from a building. It was only when I attached my telephoto lens to my camera did I get a clearer view of these brave men (and possibly women) cleaning the windows of a skyscraper. I ended up positioning the washers in the center of the frame so the sky on the far left hand side wouldn't be visible. The end result ended up being so much better than I could have ever anticipated.
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Fists in Pockets
This candid photograph of a man walking down Chicago's Lyric Opera Bridge late at night is the official Comeback Charlie logo image. The same woman who inspired the L.A. Nights light painting (from my Electric Dreams series) is also responsible for helping me realize this photograph's potential.
I was walking walking down the Lyric Opera Bridge on a cold April night when I noticed this man walking away. Because I had my 50mm lens attached to my camera, I knew I wouldn't be able to zoom in on him, so I focused on the middle of the bridge and fired. Because I prefer photographs of people where you can see their faces, I didn't think much of the image until my female friend saw it and exclaimed, "Charlie, that's an amazing photograph!"
This black and white photograph was made on a cold and windy morning in early March. I'd gone out to Adler Planetarium to do some cityscape shots, but it wasn't the sunrise that ended up catching my eye.
I was in the process of making photographs of Chicago's skyline at sunrise when I looked behind me and noticed this woman standing on the planetarium steps. I quickly unscrewed my camera from its tripod and fired off a shot before the woman left.
(This photograph is one of my favorites because it speaks to our ability as humans to stand up to and face something much greater than ourselves.)
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