Reasons to carry a decent camera in Chicago, part 43

I love carrying a camera around Chicago for those random moments worth capturing. I rarely do video. But my Lumix FZ300 does a pretty nice job. And Chicago street musicians can sometimes really rock it. If anyone knows this band, please note it in the comments. And yeah, I dropped some bucks into their bin.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “Reasons to carry a decent camera in Chicago, part 43”

  1. You're right; they are very good. And I love the shades on the guitar player.

    Years ago, there was a guy who used to play sax at the corner of Wabash and whatever the E-W street alongside Marshall Field's. Worst street musician ever…

  2. Nice, Harold. The foot traffic passing by really makes it work.

    A still photograph approach to this kind of scene, if you have the time, is to look for a "stage" and then wait for it to fill the way you want. Here the two musicians are the stage and you wait for something interesting to happen in front – someone dancing, an argument, a pedestrian carrying an instrument, whatever grabs you. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not. It takes patience.

    Oh. And of course with street musicians you have to throw some money in, as you did, and maybe buy the CD if they are peddling one.

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