Finding Inspiration: No Guilty Pleasures

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“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it…..” – Dave Grohl I teach 5th grade, thats my day job. 5th grade, the last stop before middle school. Do you want to know what one of … Continued

Junction Box Art

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The sticker art around the city is one of my favorite things to search for when I’m out shooting, junction boxes tend to be one of the best places to find them. I took this shot right behind the Art … Continued

Sears Tower

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Who else still refers to it as the Sears Tower? I just can’t call it Willis Tower, it will never feel right. I spend a lot of time walking around Chicago photographing, but I never spent any time shooting the … Continued

30 Tips on Photography

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Thought I’d share some of my favorite photography tips and advice I’ve gathered over the years: 1: Going out shooting? Hold off on the coffee and soda, caffeine makes it harder to keep your hands steady. 2: Before pressing the … Continued

Be Not Afraid

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“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still” an old Chinese proverb and one of my favorite quotes, one I continually come back to. I always interpreted it to mean that we must stay focused on making … Continued

Star Wars in Chicago

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What started off as just an exercise to learn a few simple Photoshop techniques has turned into a fun little photo project for me. Being more of a traditional photographer I do the vast majority of my editing in Adobe’s Lightroom. I … Continued

The White City

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     In the Lincoln Park Zoo there is a great spot to capture a view of Chicago’s skyline. On the bridge that stretches over the little lake where visitors often paddle around in Swan boats, if you stop halfway … Continued

New Noir Photos

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I was able to get out this week (which isn’t easy with a newborn at home) and continue working on my Suburban Noir series. This time I went out to downtown Plainfield, IL. Plainfield isn’t a small town but the … Continued

Seinfeld and Photography

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What do Seinfeld and photography have in common? Maybe more than you think. Regardless of what you think of Seinfeld, you have to admit he is one of the most successful comedians of all time. What was one of the … Continued

Pinhole Chicago

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I recently converted one of my film cameras into a pinhole camera. A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens, instead there is just a tiny hole that lets the light in. Because the hole is so small it … Continued

Project 365 Ideas

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The new year is here and I am sure we have all made new resolutions help us make this year the best ever. While I am sure we all have goals that include things like getting into better shape, stressing … Continued

Take Better Christmas Photos

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The holidays are just around the corner and like most people I will have my camera out and ready on Christmas to capture all those memories. Holidays are some of the biggest picture taking days of the year but how can you keep … Continued

Shooting from the Hip

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Shooting from the hip is a fun photography project you can try next time you are out and about among a crowd. Like the name suggest you simply keep you camera down at your side against you hip  and take … Continued

Normal Theater

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I was digging through my old boxes of negatives when I came across a photo essay I did way back in college 10 years ago. The essay was on an old movie theater we had in town called Normal Theater … Continued

Your Inspirational Place

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I was recently going through my files looking for an image when I came across my photo from New Orleans that I took earlier in the year. Anyone who knows me knows New Orleans is my favorite place in the world. I … Continued

My Bucket List

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In a previous post I discussed how I was attempting to complete Project 365 so that I could cross it off my bucket list. Since then I have had a few people ask what else was on my bucket list … Continued

3 Reasons to Keep a Journal

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I had attempted to keep a journal off and on for years, ever since I finished college. I wanted to keep a journal for a lot of the same reasons I am sure many people do, to record my life, so … Continued

Project 30

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In the photography world there is a thing known as Project 365 where the objective is to take a photo everyday for one year, hence the 365. There are many reasons for wanting to tackle a project like this, if … Continued

4/15 Photo Sketch

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First post in a while. I’ve been busy. I was gone on an amazing trip to New Orleans (watch for a blog regarding my trip and photos) and then I have been busy at work on my current project. More … Continued

Go Create Something

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I teach for a living and I love my job, but teaching is stressful. There are some many things that need to done on a daily basis like copying papers, grading assignments, and filling out paperwork, that it can easily … Continued

3/1 Photo Sketch

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Another image for a project I am working on, The knight and dragon are cut out of cardboard, the background it from the computer. I put tracing paper over the screen to help give the illusion of god or myst. … Continued

Steal like an Artist

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I thought it only fitting that my first official blog post on my site should be to share the work of a writer who’s work helped inspire me to actually build ( or I should say finish) my site. I … Continued

Welcome

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Welcome! If you are not one of my friends who I forced to look at my page and don’t know who I am, my name is Jonathan Karwacki.  I am a photographer and a teacher, but you can read about … Continued