In late April when my longtime friend, Emily, asked me to take some artistic photographs of St. Peter’s Church in the Loop I was a little nervous about taking on the challenge. The church is in the middle of Chicago’s busy financial district, sandwiched between skyscrapers and L tracks. Emily wanted a black and white photograph of the church to give to her dad for Father’s Day because of the significance it has played in his spiritual life. I headed to Clark and Madison on a Saturday afternoon as not to get in the way of BlackBerry-sporting executives and to avoid the busy 9-5 weekday hustle. In taking the photographs, I wanted to keep an urban feel present without taking away from the significance of the dramatic facade. I loved the almost grimy look of the stone so used my zoom (18 – 200, 4.5) lens to capture this detail in the face as well as the contrast between the feet and the stained glass behind.
And, for the record, I was crapped on twice by pigeons who live with Jesus up on the cross. What can I say – I suffer for my art.