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THIS CITY.

Chicago has a way of making you feel like it’s built for you but will never give itself to you. The city breathes, and its people are always working. It’s a blue-collar city, and there’s no denying it. Michael Douglas said once, “I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype; New York is talk, Chicago is work.”

There’s a trick to the whole thing though, being able to Be in this city will fill your heart in a way you didn’t know a city could.

The trick is you have to pause. Really stop & observe, and the city will let you in. Into her beauty and her energy. Into her warmth that you won’t truly see or feel otherwise.

The Soul of Chicago

It is both it’s own and yet uniquely Midwestern. It has so much allure that people who aren’t from the city say “Chicago”‘ when asked where they’re from. The food, the music, and the summer. There’s no other place like this city in the Summer, and until you’ve experienced one here, you won’t understand.

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CHICAGO STREET/ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

It is a great way to see this city. It has so many different layers to work from and ways to view it. From towering skyscrapers to the city beneath the city, Chicago is truly one of a kind. Is the weather not working out for you? Wait 10 minutes. The weather here is ever-changing, which can make for a great mood in your images. The way the light shifts and the way the people shift with it is incredible. It’s a living, breathing organism teeming with life, ready to be stilled in a photo. Or simply by pausing to observe.

IF YOU PAUSE FOR JUST A MINUTE, THIS CITY CAN STILL YOUR SOUL.

Tom Dahm

Tom Dahm

Author Tom Dahm

Tom Dahm is a family man and lifelong creative. The great-grandson of celebrated photographer Bernice Kolko, his work in photography moves through every niche to celebrate what it means to be human.

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