Tagged: Winter

95 Inches of Snow

This time last year, I was engulfed by the Polar Vortex in Chicago, but this year I am in the Boston area for its record snowfall. The region has received nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow in the last few weeks, and additional precipitation is forecast. Unfortunately, the area’s public transportation infrastructure is woefully underprepared for the deluge, and many municipalities don’t know where to put all of the snow; Boston has even considered dumping it in the harbor. Even so, the accumulation makes for a fresh landscape and is especially peaceful on Cambridge’s side streets at night.

Simmons Hall in the Snow

Cambridge Street After the Blizzard

Where All the Snow Goes

Cambridge Street After the Blizzard

Football in the Snow

Walking, Cambridgeport

Pierce Boathouse, Along the Charles River

Dead End

Chicago at -15 Fahrenheit

Promontory Point in the Vapor Obligatory Downtown Chicago View from Northerly Island
Towards the Jackson Park Outer Harbor Looking North

Over the last several days, the Chicago region experienced as much as 18 inches of snow and temperatures as low as -15 Fahrenheit (roughly -26 Celsius). I love how snow transforms the city and how low temperatures affect the visibility of water vapor, so I headed out to get a sense of the South Side and Northwestern Indiana.

The following is a selection of my favorite photographs from my outings. As always, you can click through to see larger versions of the photographs on flickr.


In the Cold

Streetlight, In the Snow

Residential Building, L

Steam

Looking North

From the Rail Embankment

In the Snow

Almost There in Northwestern Indiana

As regular followers of my flickr stream know, since January I have been producing environmental video for the Kartemquin Films documentary Almost There. The film follows an 82-year-old artist who lives in the Northwestern Indiana region, and my goal was to provide a sense of the landscape in relation to his important life events.

While I don’t live far from the Indiana border, the Northwestern Indiana communities are outside my daily routine, so I was excited to have the opportunity to focus on the region. While my main work was video, I photographed many of the scenes and spent some time photographing my own subjects. I’ve selected a few of my favorite images from that work in Hammond, Whiting and East Chicago and included them below. Click on any of the images to view them bigger on flickr.

Look for Almost There on PBS next year. In the meantime, you can receive updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Whiting, Indiana

In the Steam

Ice, After the Fire

Good Shepard Apostolic Church

Burning

Cool Creations

Houses, Steam

At Night

Marktown Street at Dusk

In the Alley

In Whiting

Mills Electric Co.

In the Alley, Beyond

Topeka and Kansas City

I just returned from a visit to Topeka, Kansas and Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri), where I conducted some interviews, visited with good people and, of course, photographed. While I came down with a cold in Kansas City, I was still able to do a little shooting in both locales. Some of my favorite images from the trip are below.

Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City

Railroad Tracks, Grain Elevator, Skyline

Three

Inner City Oil Co. Inc.

Exhaust

Peace in the Hood, Paz en el Barrio

Basketball Court

Topeka, Kansas

Hanover Pancake House, McDonald's, Water Tower

Used Car Sales

North Topeka Intersection

Shoveling Snow Outside Bradley's Corner Cafe

Beneath I-70

517, Railyard

McAbee Body Shop in the Snow Storm