Adventures in Chicago

I spent most of last week exploring the great city of Chicago with one of it's newest transplants.  While I grew up in Iowa, where Chicago was just a hop, skip, and a jump away, I somehow never managed to visit.  It was great getting to explore the new city April calls home.  In a way, it reminded me of moving to Portland nearly 10 years ago and feeling of seeing everything with wide new eyes, knowing that this was now your home.

We did some touristy stuff such as going to the bean (cloud), taking a boat tour, and checking out a lot of the public art.  My favorite things, aside from seeing April and Elon because that beat everything, (in order of awesomeness were):

1) Finding an abandoned drive-in theater in Joliet, IL.  I have some schemes for a new project involving abandoned drive-ins and this was one of my first chances to test out some ideas.  Stay tuned for more on this...

2)  The mystery blood trail that we picked up and followed.  Our detective skills didn't officially crack the case but the blood was spotted in several parts of the city and always had three spots which vaguely resembled Mickey Mouse.  Logically it was probably a dog with a cut paw but there are a few other theories.

3) The Art Institute of Chicago.  I saw so many amazing pieces that I have only seen in books, including Weegee's "Their First Murder."  It is always amazing to be able to have the opportunity to see pieces in real life.

Here are some photos of my trip.


Lindsey Rickert

Portland, OR, United States of America

I turned to photography at a young age as a way to manipulate the world in front of me into endless possibilities. It remained a hobby for several years until I decided to run away from the snow in Iowa and towards the rain in Portland, OR. While I was inspired by film makers and my surroundings, I had a tendency to pick apart single frames and freeze them. My memory wasn't a movie playing back in my head, it was a series of still images that created a narrative. This translates into my work through the use of lighting and props that build a scene and create a story. When I am not taking pictures, I spend my time roller skating, playing with my puppy Charlie Von Shitbird (he is very sophisticated), spending time with my snake Vans, embarking on capers with my girlfriends, messing around with special fx makeup, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. The best thing about my job is getting to meet a variety of people. No to shoots are the same and I thrive on getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to create truly unique and bold images that fit their needs. Whether it be wedding photography, family portraits, small business needs, or you simply want a kick ass original portrait. If you are looking for a creative experience that will not only boost your confidence but create a lasting memory then lets make it happen!