I heard an interview with a young conductor whose first albums where of some of Beethoven’s symphonies. He was asked why he would put his first efforts into recording some of the most played and listened to compositions, implying that a fresh voice in classical music might be better served tackling contemporary, less played out music. His reply, essentially, was: it’s Beethoven. It might be overplayed, but it’s still some of the best music ever written. If you don’t have the will and gumption to tackle it just because you’re not the first, then you might as well go home. And so it is with downtown Chicago; it has been the subject of so much photography that it would seem there is no fresh angle on it to be had. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s awesome and imposing, you simply have to shoot it. I may not have broken any new ground with these shots, but I enjoyed taking them because it’s, well, Beethoven.
A grainy shot mostly notable because of the Trump Tower mid-construction looming in the background.
Carbon & Carbide building as seen from a nearby rooftop
Sunset looking west over Chicago River