Near West Side

Near West Side

My daily commute takes me through 62 round-trip miles of Chicagoland, and if I’m lucky, each way will take an hour or less. I really enjoy driving; I really dislike sitting in traffic.

When I’m less fortunate and the Kennedy backup gets to be unbearable, I exit early and take side streets. I try to bypass the gridlock and at the same time take myself through a neighborhood I’ve neglected for too long, or haven’t ever seen or walked through.

Last night I exited early, at Ogden

While heading south on Ashland I was I taken by the sight of the Church of the Epiphany (Ashland and Adams). I pulled over to grab a shot; the rain had at last passed and the sun began to set.

And then I found myself on W Adams, just east of Ashland and the church. Who knew that this photogenic street was tucked right off of the thoroughfare? Certainly not me.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the walk-through. I took them with my a6000 in relatively low light (I was often pushing 3200 ISO) and am really pleased with (a) how the camera performed and (b) how the photos came out!

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Kevin Joseph is a Chicago-based writer and photographer with a focus on lifestyle, urban design, and personal growth.