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Son Of A Beach!

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Chicago’s icy claws have loosened from my neck, allowing for wholesome trips to the beach a few blocks from my apartment, and some unwholesome as well — which obviously include a lot more smuggling of alcohol and much less photography.

Berwyn Beach - Photography by Aaron Hatch

What can I even say here that hasn’t already been said? Water just looks better in America. Sorry exotic beaches of the world, you just can’t compete with the Midwest’s proud collection of gigantic mud puddles. The lakes are called “Great” for a reason, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s not because of their size. It’s because they’re in the U-S-mother-fucking-A. Read More ›

 
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11:48 AM on June 18th, 2009 | 

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Ray of Light

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Sun showers are one of my favorite natural phenomena, which tends to conflict with my unreasonably strong hatred of rain due to an ongoing love affair with a certain hobby that demands dry asphalt. Also paradoxically, I love a fierce summer thunderstorm, as I’ve always found bowling to be fairly enjoyable and see no reason to begrudge the angels their fun.

After The Sunshower - Photography by Aaron Hatch

Obviously, when sun showers and thunderstorms collide, mother nature treats us with a blissful, albeit short-lived, source of routine wonder - the perfect storm. When the rolling, menacing rumbles in the distance finally turned into calamitous booms directly overhead, the heavy rain and wind and magic mushrooms ingested two hours prior made taking photographs an impossible feat. A few hours later, however, the storms retreated into a perfect golden hour that was probably only partially enhanced by psychoactive agents. Read More ›

 
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10:28 AM on May 5th, 2009 | 

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Sunday’s To Do List

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Sunday's To Do List - Photography by Aaron Hatch

It was a busy weekend.

 
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11:46 PM on April 26th, 2009 | 

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Kick, Push and Coast

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Truly, there is no better kind of happy hour than skateboarding in the dying light of an unseasonably warm Friday evening.

Happy Hour - Photography by Aaron Hatch

It was 85 here today. 85 degrees Fahrenheit, here, in the frozen hell that is Chicago. Hello Retribution, I don’t believe we’ve met.

 
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8:09 PM on April 24th, 2009 | 

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Chill Out

Filed Under: Photography, Zero Tolerance

The weather in the Windy City of late has been reasonably tolerable, which means little in a place where a few short months ago we were graced with -20 degree icy farts that Jack Frost routinely blew in our faces whenever we stepped outside. Nonetheless, it’s still a bit too brisk to convincingly call it “Spring” — in fact, I feel almost as if Winter is sadistically dangling its successor in front of my face, a juicy morsel of hope hovering just out of a starving man’s reach.

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Fuck the April showers, just gimme my mother fucking May flowers.

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Here’s the simplest Q&A ever conceived:

Q: Should I live in Chicago?
A: No.

 
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3:34 PM on April 4th, 2009 | 

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Lose Your Mind In Detroit Rock City

Filed Under: Photography, The Future Freaks Me Out

This isn’t supposed to be a column about photography of urban decay; it just so happens that images of decomposing modern ruins compliment dark visions of the future particularly well. Still trying to figure that one out.

Late last week, TIME ran a photo essay by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre about Detroit’s golden oldies. This is the same glistening point on the map where earlier this winter a dead body was found encased in a block of ice inside an elevator shaft, where he had been for months. So yeah, Detroit… nice place to visit and all… only, um, not.

Photography by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

This was once Detroit’s main train station; today it has been converted into Detroit’s main source of tetanus. Seriously, no wonder Eminem is so pissed off coming from this place. Not only do you probably have cancer from the city’s proud collection of asbestos, but worse yet, there’s not even anything to do on the weekend.

In a way, Detroit functions as a sneak preview for any city in its decline. In a time when old industries and business models are showing their age and failing to keep up with technology’s exponential progression, any city that can not adapt to the demands of the present will inevitably regress exponentially.

Photography by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

And in a city that is increasingly resembling a ghost town, it’s hard not to believe in hauntings. Nonetheless, watching America’s ruins form before your very eyes is quite frightening all on its own.

 
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5:39 PM on March 15th, 2009 | 

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Cracks In The Wall

Filed Under: Photography, The Future Freaks Me Out

Whatever brew of potions I fed my body last night combined with an earlier half-baked viewing of Watchmen including the new not-for-bedtime Terminator Salvation trailer made for an interesting REM cycle, to say the least. And while the grim reality of the reincarnated Terminator franchise is that Christian “I may, in all likelihood, actually kill a person someday” Bale will probably be the scariest part about it, I was nonetheless quite terrified while I dreamt, for what seemed like eons, of sugar plums and robotic apocalypse.

Given the dark visions of our own future conjured up daily by various analysts and other assorted modern day oracles, the thought of machines rising up and enslaving the entire human race is almost comforting — at least that way we wouldn’t be fighting each other anymore.

World War II Bunker - Photography by Paul Virilio

Perhaps the uncertainty of our times and the overall sense of dread looming on the horizon is what makes these photographs of World War II bunkers by Paul Virilio particularly haunting. The terrifying realities of their past staring into the terrifying potential of our future makes these silent, crumbling sentinels a sight as chilling as any army of machine gun toting T-800s. In fact, James Cameron’s description of his horrific children as “Death rendered in steel” has a certain resonance in these photos as well.
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5:53 PM on March 8th, 2009 | 

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Where There’s Smoke…

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…There is often a TV playing delightfully absurd rap videos and a box of half-decimated pizza nearby.

Incense - Photography by Aaron Hatch

Incense - Photography by Aaron Hatch

R.I.P. weekend.

 
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11:00 AM on March 2nd, 2009 | 

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The Face In The Sidewalk

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Do you see him? If you squint a bit it even looks like he’s puffing on whatever it was that got me seeing faces growing out of the fucking street in the first place.

The Face In The Sidewalk - Photography by Aaron Hatch

The Face In The Sidewalk - Photography by Aaron Hatch

Who knows, it’s probably just Jesus or whatever.

 
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11:30 AM on February 27th, 2009 | 

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Hellevator

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Check it out, another self indulgent photography post!

The first two are actually pretty old, taken back in an evil time several months ago, a time that has now led me to believe that 28 degrees Fahrenheit is warm. Plus, as I work at home (baby daddy is a full time job, okay) one could say I wasn’t getting out a whole lot. One could say, “that Howard Hughes mother fucker on the sixth floor’s beard is starting to smell.”

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But just like Josh Hartnett’s seminal role (What? He’s proof that vampires can have mustaches) in 30 Days of Night, my tale is one of redemption, and my long winter is showing its first signs of relenting. Only I don’t have to turn into ashes now that we have daylight past 4:30 pm again, which is, obviously, a plus. Read More ›

 
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2:05 PM on February 16th, 2009 | 

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Stay Frosty

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Typically, I honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day the best way I know how: by smoking wacky for hours in the early afternoon, eating Chinese food since I’m pretty sure MLK would have liked Chinese, and then playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City until I pass out, usually around 5:30 PM. It’s my own personal form of reflection on one of the greatest men of the 20th century, who was an inspiration to millions, and were he alive today, I’d like to believe that we would play video games together, having heated tournaments to see who could last the longest before getting killed by the FBI Vice City police department.

But MLK never showed up to chill yesterday, and I was all alone. So instead of inspiring my couch to better conform to the contours of my asscheeks, I decided to instead attempt something approaching the realm of productivity and actually left my apartment to go shoot photos in the Yukon Territory. It was almost like a vacation since it’s actually warmer there than in Chicago.

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Just kidding, of course, but you know I had to throw some jokes about the cold in there. If you couldn’t already tell, Winter is by far my favorite season — and one of my favorite activities to do during this exasperatingly long annual expedition through the depths of Season Affective Disorder is hang out at the beach. Because truly, what could be more ironic than going to the beach in the middle of January? And that’s what we’re all about here at RA: cliché irony and only liking bands before they get popular.
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4:30 PM on January 20th, 2009 | 

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The Iceman Cometh

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The relentless onslaught of snow and wind let up for about five seconds this weekend, so I ventured out into the unforgiving wasteland in the hopes of getting some photos, actually interacting with the living, and throwing snowballs at the school bus and then running away before my mom finds out.

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Of course, you remember what they told you about the yellow snow. That’s right, it has great lymon taste! You know what to do — obey your thirstTM.
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10:27 AM on January 14th, 2009 | 

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