Fadi Freij’s “Picture Chicago.”
Congratulations to Fadi Freij. Though we received tons of fantastic submissions for the "Chicago" themed photo contest, Our Town judges Amy Harkess and Patty Michels unanimously chose Freij's photo. Here's what the judges have to say:
Harkess: I really appreciate this photographer's use of aperture settings to put emphasis on the subject, but still include details of the background. The bus, headlights, cabs and all the bustle are what makes this image sing Chicago to me.
Michels: Love the crisp focus of the subject and the vivid color. The bokeh provides a warm feel. This is the people's Chicago, not the Chicago tourism bureau's.
And what inspired the picture? Here's Freij:
Freij: It was taken from Millennium Park and is a view down Washington Street at the intersection of Michigan Avenue. The colors and movement of the photograph capture the vibrant personality of the city, while one man stands still photographing the lively scene. The photo manages to convey multiple truths about Chicago; the bustling, fast paced nature of daily downtown life, as well as the residents and visitors alike who pause to enjoy and appreciate Chicago's excitement.
Thanks to all who participated in Our Town’s first annual photo contest and special thanks to judges Patty V Michels (Sun Times/Our Town blog photographer) and Amy Harkess (special events/weddings).
Photographer Info: Based in Chicago, Fadi Freij specializes in portraits, events, and live action photography.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," (Soft Skull press) is available for pre-order here. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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