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Alleys & Ruins no. 149, Dumpster Dive (2016, Chicago, IL, 10:30pm)

Alleys & Ruins no. 149, Dumpster Dive (2016, Chicago, IL, 10:30pm)

Alleys & Ruins no. 149, Dumpster Dive (2016, Chicago, IL, 10:30pm)


A short behind-the-scenes video is available here.


Crawford Steel is a steel service company in Chicago's Southwest side. For years, their huge industrial building was always being tagged by gangs, creating an uncomfortable eye sore for employees and customers. When owner Michael Isaacs learned that high quality murals were left alone out of respect, he had an epiphany, and started down a surprising and enlightened path that would transform the Crawford Steel building into what has been called Chicago's Sistine Chapel of graffiti. When I arrived, I was immediately drawn to this lonely, beat up dumpster.


The lighting in this image is a bit of a departure from my norm. I tend to stick with colors that might actually appear with city lights and moon light, so lots of orange and fluorescent greens and CTB blues. For the first time I went full fantasy with a light touch of magenta.

This was a 30 minute exposure, again with my 50 year old Hasselblad film camera, and with non-stop light painting.

The WCIU morning show, You & Me, co-hosted by Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman, sent a crew to the shoot for a segment called "I Love my Job" and they are so right!!



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