Out Of Chicago Conference 2017 Recap

Out Of Chicago Conference 2017 Recap

This past June, I was invited by Chris Smith once again to teach at the Out of Chicago Conference (see my recaps from 2015 and 2016). It’s always a great please to be part of the amazing conference and I was glad to go back as many among the staff and the teachers have become good friends.

This year, I was teaching two architecture workshops with Angie McMonigal and two post-processing sessions. Both architecture workshops were covering the same topics and locations, so I’ll just go through the different locations we photographed.

Our first stop was 235 Van Buren (by Perkins+Will). The balconies are always amazing to photograph in new ways!

235 Van Buren - Chicago, ON

235 Steps

235 Van Buren - Chicago, ON

Step By Step

We then walked to the Willis Tower and I photographed this shot on the way:

Willis Tower - Chicago, ON

We Are All Under The Same Sky

Across the street from the Willis Tower (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), we played with the reflections in the windows of 250 South Wacker.

Willis Tower - Chicago, ON

Reflected Rorschach

Willis Tower - Chicago, ON

Oblique (BW)

We then hopped on the water taxi to get a good overview of the city. We stopped at Michigan Avenue and got lunch. Then we started with a classic, the Wrigley Building (by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White).

Wrigley Building - Chicago, ON

Wrigley’s Triangle

Wrigley Building - Chicago, ON

A Burst Of Hope

Right behind the Wrigley Building, our next stop was the Trump International Hotel & Tower (by Adrian Smith of SOM). The riverwalk part is quite interesting.

Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago, ON

Slanted

Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago, ON

Sneaking Out

I had never shot the ceiling at the Southwest corner, but it’s definitely interesting!

Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago, ON

Around The Corner

Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago, ON

Connecting The Dots

We then stopped by the Marina City Towers (Bertrand Goldberg) and crossed the river to reach the James R. Thompson Center (Helmut Jahn). It’s a tough one to shoot but a got a couple of shots I’m happy with.

James R. Thompson Center - Chicago, ON

The Other Grid

James R. Thompson Center - Chicago, ON

Swept

One of the most interesting parts of the building is the floor mosaic. I decided to include someone for good measure 😉

James R. Thompson Center - Chicago, ON

Human Element

After a quick stop by Chase Tower, we ended the workshop at Calder’s Flamingo on the Federal Plaza (Mies van der Rohe). I had never played with the reflections in the post office, so I was happy to find something new.

Federal Plaza - Chicago, ON

Red Disruption

Federal Plaza - Chicago, ON

The Claw

The second day, the light on the Flamingo was amazing, and I got a couple of good shots from that.

Federal Plaza - Chicago, ON

This Is The Way

Federal Plaza - Chicago, ON

Two Strokes Of Red

On the last day of the conference, I went on one of Angie McMonigal’s photowalks. I didn’t shoot a lot but I got a few good shots at 540 West Madison (DeStefano and Partners), so I thought I’d share them here.

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Portals #2

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Portals #3

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Portals #6

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Portals #5

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Disrupted #2

540 West Madison - Chicago, ON

Disrupted #1

Another great conference wrapped up. As the last couple of years, I had a great time, met wonderful people and made new friends. Can’t wait for next year!!

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