17 Nov 2017

Chicago on film

After so many years of wanting to, I finally had a chance to spend a few days in Chicago!

W and I had the best tour guide, my good friend Don, who used to live there.

We wandered around downtown, taking in the architectural sights.

But one of the biggest parts of our trip was a visit to Oak Park, to see Frank Lloyd Wright's first home and studio, along with many of his early creations.

What is this I found in the office? An L C Smith!

Throughout the neighborhood there were several houses designed by Wright.

Including some outstanding works.

One of the best, though, was getting to see Unity Temple. It was a truly radical design, especially for conservative Oak Park, when it was constructed in 1905.

The interior is also striking, but much more serene and comfortable compared to the imposing exterior.

Another highlight was the Nathan Moore house, which is one of Wright's rare ventures into English style—and he pulled it off masterfully, of course.

Back to another shot of his home and studio.

We traveled almost exclusively on the L, which is the only way to really get around the city.

The lobby of the Carbide & Carbon building.

And finally, the federal prison in Chicago.

These photos were taken in October 2017 with my Yashica Electro 35 using Ilford Delta 400 and Kodak Gold 200 film.


  1. Of course beautifully photographed, and nicely laid out! But, I'm a bit biased.....

  2. Nice! you got that E35 taking great photos, love it! :D

  3. Nice shots. I lived in Chicago for 7 years. The Carbide & Carbon is my favorite Chicago skyscraper, and I also love the Wright houses. Thanks for reviving my memories.

    1. I lived in Chicago for 25 years, and the Carbide and Carbon was my favorite also! It's really unmatched in its Deco grandeur but it's often overlooked. Enjoyed this diary!

  4. Imagine the thrill of seeing one of those masterpieces take shape after creating it in two dimensions on paper. I love the lobby photo. My grandparents owned. 3 story!apartment building in Chicago until they moved west in the 50's, and I still remember the special atmosphere of the lobby compounded from old polish, stone and wood.

  5. I have an electro 35 as well! It's my favorite rangefinder, and is a wonderful street photography camera. Glad you didnt have the "pad of death" problem. Easy to fix, but still a pain. Great shots!