Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winter, Oh Winter

Winter, Oh Winter
Winter, Oh Winter, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Sunshine only lasts a second
(caught using strobe effect on my new flash: Speedlight SB:800)
[view large on black: www.b12partners.net/photoblog/index.php?showimage=72 ]

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Landings - TRI-X 400

Landings - TRI-X 400
Landings - TRI-X 400, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

north branch of the Chicago river

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Pope Plays Piano

The Pope Plays Piano
The Pope Plays Piano, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

mostly boogy-woogie and ragtime, but she takes requests

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fresh Copper River Sockeye Salmon

Seattle, summer of 2007

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Chris's Billiards

Chris's Billiards
Chris's Billiards, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

store for lease, but I want that sign (poor use of apostrophe and all)
View large on black:

Smoker's Burdens

Smoker's Burdens
Smoker's Burdens, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

from a car window, on Milwaukee Blvd.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Choose Your Angle

from last year's archives

Choose Your Angle
Choose Your Angle, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I think I like the color version better.

South Loop somewhere

view large on black: www.b12partners.net/photoblog/index.php?showimage=28

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Do Not Enter My Butt

click to embiggen

Do Not Enter My Butt
Do Not Enter My Butt, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Wrong (way).

Totally stole this from Joe M500's photo

but looks like a slightly different location.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Evening in Seattle

Large version better

Evening in Seattle
Evening in Seattle, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

from my hotel room, or nearby

City Fish Market - Seattle

City Fish Market - Seattle
City Fish Market - Seattle, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

nice neon.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't Outlive Your Money

There's No Time like the present

Don't Outlive Your Money
Don't Outlive Your Money, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Don't have to tell me twice!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Chicago Public Radio May 2, 2008

Chicago Public Radio republished my photo on their home page.

Here's the image at Flickr:
Corner of Washington and Desplaines

Friday, April 25, 2008

Xenu dot Net

Xenu dot Net
Xenu dot Net, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

sticker, N. Halsted

This sticker is no longer available due to a copyright claim by the Church of Scientology International, Inc.
+Help bring an end to the censorship
+Google: Project Chanology

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No Cruising Zone

No Cruising Zone
No Cruising Zone, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

probably doesn't mean what I think it means

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lament of the Fragrant Shadows

Lament of the Fragrant Shadows
Lament of the Fragrant Shadows, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Tuft of exploded 4th of July ordinance visible especially in the large version:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Some Dude in Lincoln Park

Some Dude in Lincoln Park
Some Dude in Lincoln Park, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Not sure who this is actually. Anyone know? Anyone? Bueller?


Monday, April 14, 2008

Ballad of the West Loop BW

Ballad of the West Loop BW
Ballad of the West Loop BW, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Three versions of the same photo

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cold Beer

Cold Beer
Cold Beer, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

well, Old Style anyway.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Doorknob Optional

from summer, 2007

Doorknob Optional
Doorknob Optional, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

detail, South Loop (?) Love those colors.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Lights Out

Lights Out
Lights Out, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

South Loop
(see also: www.flickr.com/photos/phule/1331408277/ )

Friday, April 04, 2008

Carryout at 17 East Ohio

from my car window several months ago

Carryout at 17 East Ohio
Carryout at 17 East Ohio, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

There are all kinds of jokes ready to be made here....
(probably best viewed large )

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Every City Has Its Secrets

Every City Has Its Secrets
Every City Has Its Secrets, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

found art, Wacker Drive and Wells (maybe?)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Fading Blues, Winter Light

Fading Blues, Winter Light
Fading Blues, Winter Light, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Montrose Harbor (? - from my archives)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

bob dylan - maggie's farm (1965 newport)

Bloomfield plays raw blues at Newport. I don't hear any booing, but maybe its all drowned out by the fenders

Gold Star

Some haunts feel more like second homes, as comfortable and familiar as that tattered Ramones tee it took three years to break in. Gold Star Bar fits the bill, situated on a strip of Division where blue-collar bars and liquor stores meld with breezy bistros and boutiques. Open since the Prohibition and an ill-reputed house in the swinging sixties, it now caters to area musicians, writers, artists, punks, bike messengers and working-class stiffs who always have an interesting story to tell.

The Star's simple red and white walls and neon signs aren't much to look at; it's mercifully short on gimmicks, pomp or pretensions. But true believers gather to gab at the long bar, in lawn chairs next to '50s era Formica tables or on the ratty couch where pool sharks relax and wait their turn to shoot some stick. Complimentary popcorn keeps the kids thirsty while the finest jukebox in Wicker Park spins classics by The Clash, Johnny Cash, John Coltrane, Slayer and Tom Waits, with some Iron Maiden mixed in for the hair farmer in us all.

Gold Star
Gold Star, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

on 1755 Division St., been there since Prohibition, or earlier

Line Rider - Transcendental™ by TechDawg

way too much time on the creators hands....

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sculpture of Silence Cross Processed

Found at Lower Yurtistan

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Sandinista has long been one of my favorite albums, Mikey Dread played a prominent role on it.

Mikey Dread, who has died aged 54, was a revolutionary force in Jamaican popular music and became known in Britain as a producer of the Clash; he produced the band's single Bankrobber and contributed to several songs on their album Sandinista! (both 1980).

Immensely popular with the Jamaican public, and a source of fascination for overseas listeners who obtained copies on audio cassette, the show was eventually deemed too wild by the station management. Dread resigned in 1979, by which time he had already assembled his debut album, Dread At The Controls, which was licensed to Trojan Records in Britain. A second disc, called African Anthem, was a dub album mixed to mirror the style of his radio broadcasts and proved highly popular with punk audiences in Britain.

A major turning point came in 1980 after Dread was approached by the Clash, with whom he subsequently toured and recorded, helping reggae to penetrate a wider international audience. He was involved in the band's recordings for the Epic label, and, following his involvement in the group's experimental album, Sandinista!, he attended the National Broadcasting School in Britain; this led to his narration of Deep Roots Music, a six-part reggae documentary aired on Channel 4 in 1982, and his subsequent hosting of the television series Rockers Roadshow.

A later link with UB40 resulted in extensive European tours and the laid-back album Pave The Way, but by the mid-1980s Dread was spending more of his time in the United States. In the early 1990s he moved to Miami, where he became programme director of the Caribbean Satellite Network. He continued to deliver exciting live performances until he became ill with a brain tumour last summer, resulting in a move to North Carolina for medical treatment. [From Mikey Dread]

"Fucking hell, Mikey"

Monday, March 17, 2008

Reader and audience

March can be warm in the Big Spud

Reader and audience
Reader and audience, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Lapdog and reader sit near Lake Michigan.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Theremin Killed the Radio Star

Not the best rendition (actually sounds a bit like Santa Claus is coming to town in parts), but still funny

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Yearning for Completion

Yearning for Completion
Yearning for Completion, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

flipped upside down for no real reason

Winter Waits for No One


Winter Waits for No One
Winter Waits for No One, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Randolph St.

discarded artichoke leaves

discarded artichoke leaves
discarded artichoke leaves, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

probably could have done something with these, but I was on a mission

Friday, March 14, 2008

Box of Cherries

can't wait for this years market to open

Box of Cherries
Box of Cherries, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

At the Farmer's Market

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Chicago River Scene Velvia

Chicago River Scene Velvia
Chicago River Scene Velvia, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

From the Washington Avenue bridge.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

David Lynch on iPhone

I agree with Mr. Lynch, movies are meant to be seen on a big enough screen

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Republican Call Girls

Call is free because your grandchildren will be paying for it....

Friday, February 22, 2008

Harmony in Red White and Blue Album Cover

As part of a fun new CD Cover meme

1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angoroj

2. "Outer space is no place for a person of breeding.
Lady Violet Bonham Carter (1887 - 1969)"

3. and my own photo (cause I tired of looking for CC licensed photos, and this particular one was in explore at one time)

(Oh yeah, this is my own handwriting font, or at least, my handwriting circa 1999 when it was made into a TrueType font)

And yes, my CD Cover skills sort of suck...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Blue Without Angst

from my archives

Blue Without Angst
Blue Without Angst, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

across the street from the Art Institute Lions.

Slightly modified in Photoshop

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Step Into the Light

where's summertime!

Step Into the Light
Step Into the Light, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

A tunnel leading to the lakefront.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Darth Vader

Darth Vader
Darth Vader, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I hope the IRS employee who opens this tax form has a sense of humor, and doesn't put us on the audit list, or add us to the Do Not Fly database.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Macworld Expo 2008, Apple Keynote: Randy Newman (Full)

not many corporations would host a (so-called) Bush bashing musical appearance on stage

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Three To One

from April, 2007

Three To One
Three To One, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

McCormick Place, I believe

oh, and this guy was protecting them:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Devil and Pope

from my vast photo archive

The Devil and Pope
The Devil and Pope, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I paid two quarters for this shot, after the fact.