Urban Canyons in Chicago, Illinois, USA
One of my intentions in visual art is to subvert time, scale and perspective. They are the qualities which tie our perceptions to the ‘real’ and make the world around us seem ‘normal’.
I am constantly astounded by the scale and beauty of the architecture in downtown Chicago and wanted to explore that in a style which lent itself to the 1970’s artwork of science fiction novels and progressive rock album sleeves.
They are unashamedly manipulated and I see them as lighthearted visual concepts about city spaces, and quite separate from a lot of other photography that I create.
Place you live: Chicago, USA
Place your photos were taken: They were both taken in downtown Chicago
Can you sum up Chicago? I’ve been living in Chicago for almost a year now. Before that I was in London, and before that in Liverpool, my hometown. I see the city as my second home now. It’s a great place – architecturally more impressive than Manhattan and also located next to the water, which is very important to me. Even before I moved here (touring as part of my musical career) I admired the city and its people.
Occupation: Visual/Sound Artist/Director
Preoccupation: Visual/Sound Artist/Director
What is your perfect day in Chicago? A couple of hours in the morning volunteering at a bird refuge in the morning, Southwest/Mexican lunch at Big Star in Wicker Park, photographing and general mucking about by the lakeside until sun down, and then a fresh seafood platter and cocktails at my favourite French restaurant Maude’s. If I’m feeling like it, I’ll check out a friend’s gig at Danny’s in Bucktown or The Empty Bottle.
What is the best thing about Chicago? The urban canyons.
What is the worst? The wind in the winter.
What would be surprising about this place to an outsider? It can be a surprisingly cheap place to live.
If your city was a person or character who would it be? Batman
Who are three of your favorite photographers right now? Current photographers? Grant Thomas, Ellen Rogers, and my good friend Neil Krug.
Can you give a piece of advice to an aspiring photographer? Embrace change, master new skills, never stop learning.