Moving to Chicago: Instax Edition

I moved to Chicago. It’s a thing.

I took pictures of the process. Because I moved to Chicago to study for my Photography MFA. Photography. That’s me. Photos. Yes. Very.

Let me tell you, moving to another state is hella weird. But, I’m happy. My new apartment is right next to the el (which is Chicago’s public train system, “el” short for “elevated.) I hear trains go by all day everyday, which is amazing and not annoying, to be honest.

I had my room unpacked in a day. Yes, I have a mountain of galaxy printed pillows. That’s because I like stellar sleep. BOO-YAH.

I took my boyfriend around the city a little bit, since he’s never been to Chicago to explore, so that was lovely.

All of these were taken with a Fuji Instax Wide, because nothing says “moving is fun,” quite like instant film.

Oh, and Jafar is apparently a Disney Princess now.

Happy Shooting!

Polar Vortex and Photography

I live in Michigan. It’s cold here in the winter. That’s normal weather behavior. However, Michigan was hit by the polar vortex that was passing through the United States, and it was as if winter in Michigan took a couple of steroids. Make that a couple of bottles of steroids.

Here is some perspective as to how cold it was:

One night it was so cold that the steam on the windows in the shower room froze to the windows. Ice on the windows, inside.

People’s eyelashes were freezing together.

Bubbles could freeze. Throwing boiling water outside would cause it to instantly vaporize.

It was colder here than the South Pole.

My university had it’s 6th snow day in school history. My school opened in 1855. So,  I stayed inside all day. I didn’t have one of my photography classes which bummed me out, but I took care of it. I opened my blinds to look outside and fell in love with the light. So, I set up my camera, threw on a dress, and voila!

One of my goals this winter season is to go out and take pictures in the snow. I want to try my hand at landscapes. People are almost always present in my work, and I think it’s time to expand my horizons (which is almost a pun, because landscapes, horizon lines, horizons… like I said, almost a pun.)

So, yeah. I don’t really have much else to write about. I just missed writing. I think my next blog post will have a little something for you guys to try out. (: