West Monroe Urban Park / Chicago, IL / AJ Brown Imaging

There is something about this project that really effected me.  I actually can't put my finger on it but I will try for the sake of desperately needing to post on my blog.  It's been a busy 3 months and I haven't even thought about posting.  I am currently sitting in my studio one hundred percent caught up on all my editing and the boring business side of being a photographer. 

So here goes...

West Monroe Chicago

Like I said before, there is something about this project I shot during my blogosphere hiatus.  It's effectively named Urban Park.  Shive Hattery was tasked to take a regular old grimy old alley on West Monroe between Franklin and Wells downtown Chicago and turn it into a community gathering place.   I'm talking not just a place for people to rest and smoke, but a place where people can come outside and be inspired, excited, comfortable, re-cafinated, rejuvenated, and any other buzz word that might drive my point home.  You get the picture, (Actually, you just looked at it). The team at Shive Hattery hit another grand slam. 

Now that is a sweet place, am I right!  Let me drive my point home a little more by showing you some before screen grabs I snagged from Google Maps. 

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One of the most exciting things about my job is that I get to witness and document the renewal of cities and spaces.  I get to witness nothing become something, or something old become revitalized. This project perfectly represents that, it makes me filled with joy to be an architectural photographer. The hard work architects and designers do really does make the world a better place.  I have proof!

Urban Park Chicago Illinois
West Monroe Urban Park