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Charlie Trotter, in rememberence

The following post was was from 2012 when Charlie Trotter closed his world famous and legendary restaurant on Armitage, and chose to move on to greener and more fulfilling pastures.  Earlier this week, we received the shocking news of his untimely passing.  During his career, Charlie reinvented what it means to create cutting edge meals, and his food ideas have become standard fare for chefs around the world.  Sure he ruffled some feathers along the way, and was known for his abrasive leadership style, but most of all, Charlie will be remembered for the amazing food he prepared, the chefs he trained, and the pleasure he shared with thousands of diners throughout the years.  We will miss you Chef.

 

It’s been a beautiful run, but after 25 years, Charlie Trotter is calling it quits. Just like that leftover lasagna–even if it’s still good for a late-night snack–at some point you just have to say goodbye.  Trotter is leaving when he’s at the top of his game.  Since 1987, his Lincoln Park restaurant has been a Mecca to foodies and culinary aficionados from around the world.  Not only did he introduce a new philosophy to gourmet cooking, he trained hundreds of fine chefs who have gone on to great acclaim (Grant Achatz for one).   A PBS TV star and author of 14 cookbooks, Trotter was a virtual food empire, and has received a pantry full of awards and accolades.  When Chicago magazine name him the “second-meanest person” in the city, he was upset because he never likes to be Number Two.  I had the privilege of photographing him several times in the past 20 years, and he has always been a gentleman, generous with his time, and respectful of my craft.  Here are some photos from my visits to Charlie Trotter’s restaurant.

World famous chef Charlie Trotter in 1998 for Wine Spectator20 years ago, Charlie Trotter in 1992 for Town & Country magazineThe famous table in the kitchen at Charlie TrottersThe staff at Charlie Trotters in 1998--any famous chefs in this photo?The dining room in 1992The dining room in 1992 at Charlie Trotters restaurant in Lincoln  ParkArtistic food creations at Charlie Trotters in 1992A fruit soup at Charlie Trotters in 1992 for Town & Country magazineThe famous table in the kitchen at Charlie Trotters 1992Artistic food creation at Charlie Trotters in 1992Artistic food creation at Charlie Trotters in 1992Young chef Charlie Trotter in 1992Charlie Trotter in the kitchen in 1995World famous Charlie Trotters restaurant on Armitage in Lincoln Park in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Russia to Snooki

Jersey Shore superstar SnookiDeputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Igor ShuvalovMacGoogle and MacDuff with Barker Pet ownersChicago State University basketball player Chicago engagement partyAspiring young actressWedding danceImam at Chicago mosqueYoung women at Chicago mosque

As a photographer, the variety of my work is usually dependent on the needs and whims of my clients. This past month is a prime example of the wide range of assignments I get on a regular basis.  I recently had the privilege of photographing the following celebrities:  “Jersey Shore” superstar Snooki; Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia; and MacGoogle and MacDuff, my two famous Airedale terriers. I don’t know what the next month will bring, but I will keep you posted.

 

 

Urbs in Horto: City in a Garden

The Official Chicago SealColumbus Park designed by Jens JensenLurie Garden at Millennium ParkMidway Plaisance at University of ChicagoBird Sanctuary at Montrose BeachLincoln Park LagoonBobolink Meadow in Jackson ParkOsaka Japanese Garden in Jackson ParkLincoln Park Lagoon Lincoln ParkOhio Beach Park Rogers Park in Autumn South Michigan Avenue and Millennium ParkNorth Pond in Lincoln Park

When people think of Chicago they think big city, historic architecture, traffic jams, and hot dogs.  But there is another side of the city that the locals know well, but outsiders may not be aware of.  I am speaking of the parks, gardens, forest preserves and other remnants of nature that still survive in the city.  When Chicago was incorporated in 1837, the founding fathers (mothers?) chose the motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden) and there must have been a reason.  Granted, there were probably a lot more gardens and nature back then, but the natural aspects of the city can still be found.  A few statistics:  552 parks comprising 7300 acres, 33 sand beaches, 16 lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and 20 million visitors to Lincoln Park alone.  In these photos I show a small portion of the natural wonders that can be found by any urban explorer (and check out that City Seal with motto).

Portraits of Creativity

 

Lido Lippi art restorer - Chicago portraitsAdam Siegel painter and fine artist - Chicago portraitsTerry Callier jazz musician - Chicago portraitsDavid Kings duck decoy carver - Chicago portraitsHook-Peterson Pottery - Chicago portrait photographerBenny Golson jazz saxophone - Chicago portrait photographerBryan Kerrigan ceramic artist - Chicago portrait photographerKristen Amato jewelry designer - Chicago portrait photographerNeil Kienitz painter - Chicago portrait photographerOrlando Espinoza fashion designer - Chicago portrait photographyIrma Svanadze Classical pianist - Chicago portrait photographyLarry Zgoda stained glass artist  - Chicago portrait photography

Wicker Park: The New Greenwich Village?

Six Corners--the heart of Wicker ParkEmbeLezar gift shop and galleryAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Fenway Gallery The only way to flyHistoric Pierce AvenueAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Great used bookstore, Myopic BooksAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Ear Wax Cafe, almost healthy natural foodDouble Door--double whammy--liquor and live musicMilwaukee Ave in Wicker Park Under the L tracksWicker Park You lookin at me?I see youRed Star Cafe-outdoor eating at its best Gallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironStreet scene North Ave Six Corners on a summer night Six Corners on a summer night

While it’s only a short subway ride from downtown on the Blue Line, Wicker Park is worlds apart from the buttoned-down 9-5 workday of the Loop. The epicenter of this urban melting pot is a large intersection known as Six Corners. The three major avenues that meet here are North, Damen and Milwaukee, but the neighborhood is also a confluence of three cultural byways: hipster, artist and starving student. While there have been no scientific studies, researchers have postulated that there are more tattoos and piercings in Wicker Park than BMW’s in nearby Lincoln Park. Cafes, used bookstores and dive bars abound, and exist gracefully among $300 designer eyewear and Prada bags. Stop by on Gallery Night at the Flatiron Building and everyone comes out to strut their respective stuff while pontificating on modern art and free vodka.