Chicago


A week before the trip I didn’t know I would be going. I had thought I asked for a day off and ended up with a week. So how do you fill that time when there aren’t any priorities? Make a trip to Chicago. I went from KC to St. Louis for a Noah Gundersen concert then stayed the night at a rest stop (wrote about that here.) and finally ended up in Chicago with little clue of what I would be doing. 

I had this vague perspective of this city from the time I visited with my family years ago, that perspective was Chicago pizza which I had already forgotten what that even means. Like say “Chicago pizza” to me and I wouldn’t have a mental image. I had forgotten the famous bean was even there. The only thing I really knew was two of my friends lived there and that that would be a starting point. Little expectations and little plans, I drove right into the heart of the city because my phone died and therefore had no GPS, I just basically followed the buildings until I was in the middle. I was in the most Chicago part of Chicago I could be but then had to figure out what I was doing. So I parked in a parking garage and charged my phone, when I left the garage fifty minutes later my wallet was $20 dollars lighter. But at least I had a destination, my friends house. These photos are from my time exploring the city and meeting people. It is also my first time trying to incorporate recordings to the photography. The goal is to have a more understandable perspective on the visual content by marrying audio to it. However I did a terrible job making field recordings, it is a start and I am already learning for what to do next time… 

The link is a playlist of three recordings. First recording is of the singer pictured in the tenth photo, then second track is the sounds of the lake, then the last track is the subway system. Soundcloud might start playing stuff after the last recording so feel free to pause or ignore anything playing after the subway audio.

Let the audio set the mood for what you see.

https://soundcloud.com/ashlin-wang/sets/chicago

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