Chicago is a skatepark

Photo collage and acrylic on salvaged wood

To a skateboarder and a photographer like myself, Chicago is clearly a giant playground. I could explore the city for the rest of my life and still never see all it has to offer. I’m drawn to architecture photography because I skateboard. Skateboarders see all architecture and infrastructure as potential obstacles to skateboard on. Clearly the school stairs and downtown plazas weren’t designed to be skated but that’s what makes them so rewarding to skate. Skateboarding teaches you to see everything as potential and this art attempts to illustrate that. To me this piece say, “Look at me, I’m Chicago, black and white but warped in color and infinite.”