Chicago Street Portraits and Candids



5 Photos in This Gallery

Two things I love to do in Chicago are street photography and putting on pounds eating deep dish pizza.  Lots of hipsters are walking around with tattoos. I took the three portraits at Westfest, a street festival held about two miles West of downtown in July 2009. Forget about it in the winter!

43 responses

  1. I am enjoying your work and your travels. I too visit many places in the USA and have started documenting my trips. Did not know I would enjoy street photography and meeting strangers as much.

    September 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

    • I would like to do more street photography at home, but in the summer the heat tends to clear the street.

      September 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

  2. Really fine portraits Ron!

    September 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

  3. Love the tattoos and now I want a bigger one myself… Have to sell some paintings first before doing that… ;)

    September 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    • What sort of design do you want?

      September 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

      • I’m not quite sure yet, but it’s going to be something like a branch of a rosebush in black and purple with a little white and red….

        September 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

        • Interesting…

          September 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

        • But maybe I want to take a piece of my art with me and see if they can make a nice tattoo of it…

          September 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        • That is a good idea.

          September 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        • I only hope they can use it for a tattoo. First I have to find a piece I like enough for the rest of my life.
          I will let you know!

          September 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  4. I was thinking of the winter too – heck no! How do you get the crystal clean focus?

    September 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • Focus, it isn’t perfect always. I use the single point mode of autofocus and then reframe. You have to keep the shutter button half pressed or use an af-lock button if there is one. AF in it’s normal mode just locks onto the closest thing, and that might not be what you want.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

      • I see, need to check those settings then. I need a course on cameras!

        September 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  5. Great photos!

    September 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

  6. Sure enough…forget about any spot on the Great Lakes in the Winter!

    September 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

    • Robert, you have been finding a trove of derelict buildings.

      September 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      • Thanks for looking at my offering…the only reason there are so many is that the cost of remediation (asbestos/lead) is so high. Got to get them before they are gone – mostly due to arson;-(

        September 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        • Things get fenced off pretty quick around here.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        • Here as well, but someone before me has always made a path in – my saying is “follow the tracks, get in around the back” – My policy is to NOT break in…I only enter.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        • Only enter, LOL.

          September 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  7. Ron,

    I am an artist and art teacher based in South Alabama. My students and I would like to use some of your images as reference photos. Please let me know if this is possible, or how you handle such inquiries. I can be reached at Thanks in advance!

    September 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

  8. Awesome set, as usual! :)

    September 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  9. As I see tattoos are quite popular) But it’s really a bright way to make a world more colourful!

    September 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  10. No photos of a beautiful lady eating a deep dish pizza?

    September 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

  11. Lovely set of portraits. :)

    September 5, 2013 at 3:00 am

  12. You’re marvelous at capturing cool expressions and to-die-for tattoos !

    September 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • Thank you. That area of Chicago is full of people with unusual and dramatic tattoos.

      September 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

  13. Nice. I like Beverly the most. Very cool.

    June 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  14. Nice collection! I’m not much of a tattoo fan personally but they do make for interesting shots.

    June 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

  15. You must have a tat filter on your lens :-)

    June 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  16. LB

    What? No picture of that deep dish pizza? :-)
    Nice shots!

    June 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

    • Now you are making me hungry, thank you Laurie.

      June 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

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