Photographing The Bloomingdale Trail

Boys Starting a Fight

Since 2009 I’ve been working on a series of photographs documenting the Bloomingdale Trail, a disused elevated rail line in Chicago that is on its way to becoming a linear park.

I won’t complete the project until at least sometime next year, but I will be contributing six of the photographs to a large group show at the end of the month. The show, “Reframing Ruin: a Prelude to the Bloomingdale Trail,” opens from 7pm-11pm on Friday, July 29 at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. (More details are available on facebook.) A diverse group of people is contributing to the event, and I’m looking forward to seeing the full exhibition.

I haven’t published many photographs from this project, so I’ve included few images from the ongoing series here.

Bloomingdale Trail Entrance



Abutting the Trail

Father and Son

The Bloomingdale Trail at Night

One comment

  1. Mike

    I remember stumbling across that trial when I lived in Chicago (Logan Sq.) back in 1993, and walked all the way down to around the Kennedy. I wish I knew where I put the (amateurish) snapshots I took. Anyhow…just wanted to compliment you on your achingly beautiful photos of Chicago. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will keep an eye on it from my cubicle here in Tokyo.

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