Rob Breymaier Social Activist, Fair Housing Advocate , Executive Director at Oak Park Regional Housing Center
Cheryl Munoz The Sugar Beet Co-op, foodie, grower
Elaine represents the good neighbors of Oak Park, extra grandma
David Patterson Music Historian, autoharp collector
David Sokol, Art Historian
Faith Humphrey-Hill, Artist, Community Art Organizer
George Bailey artist of many genres
Debbie Becker bee keeper
Dr. Paul, green medical practice
Stephanie Clemens, dancer, teacher
Hilary Kaiser, homebirth midwife
David Lyons, street entertainer
For anyone who has been following my Oak Parkers project here are some of the additions. You can read a little more about each person and see some more of the photos over at http://emphoto.blogspot.com/
The last day of May I spent at Comer Children's Hospital as the photographer for the Flashes of Hope photoshoot. If you don't know about this non-profit please take a moment to view their site.
"Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research."
I got to work with eight families that day, from toddlers to late teens. Here are some of individual portraits.
What does one do when they have no place to be all day.
What does one do when they have no place to be all day and they don’t have a home to rest in. Some sit in a park, some sit in a bus shelter.
For weeks now as I drive or cycle up Harlem Avenue I see two men sitting in the bus box. One is sometimes lying on the bench, is he ill? Do they eventually get on the bus and go somewhere? Do they stay here all night?
Today I stopped to talk with them; today I went into the bus box for a few minutes. It was loud and unnerving with the passing traffic.
I first met Joe a few weeks ago. From what I know of him in our few meetings, Joe is gentle man.
At 54, with chronic back pain he can no longer find work. With lack or work came lack of money, with lack of money, well we all know...
We sat in the park on a sunny morning and Joe told me about his life, growing up in Cicero, falling off a garage as a kid, messing up his back, followed by years of work at different jobs around here and in Texas. Now he sits in the park and wonders what he will do, where he will spend his nights now that the local night shelter is closed for the summer. Will he eventually get disability and go back to having a place of his own?
Joe tells me he doesn’t like being on the streets, he hates it. He had lots of jobs, he liked working and going home and cooking his dinner.
I hope Joe gets disability, I hope he get a little home and I hope this happens soon for Joe.
Sometimes we need to set goals for ourselves, give ones self that extra push to work on projects we have been thinking about for a long time. One I set for myself is a series of 52 portraits of 'Oak Parkers' in 2012. The idea is to photograph one about every week, when I finally got going on it toward the end of February I had a little catching up to do. About 13 portraits into it I have met a whole new bunch of Oak Parkers I didn't know, most I had never talked to before, a few I had chatted with a little bit.
For now I am just going to post some of the people, you can read a little more about them in earlier posts at http://emphoto.blogspot.com/
Above is John Roberts at Pieritz Bros.
Below Mark Pellettieri, Architect - Grand Desings.
Charlie Rossiter, Poet.
William Hunt, Yogi.
Ivanovic Danche, Danche Guitars.
Galen Garapolo, Artist.
Antony Abboreno, Artist.
Val Camilletti, Val's Halla Records.
Pamela Penny, Textile Artist.
Chris Keenen, Fireman.
Jason Smith, The Book Table.
Yosef Pollack, Acupuncture Points.
Amy Maglio, Women's Global Education Project.
Richard Shipp, Artist.
not sure he fits in as an Oak Parker but I photographed him while he was exhibiting here and doing some amazing paper cutting demos, so I'm posting one for now
These may or may not be the images I display in the end, while visiting some of these people I took more than one photo, so it's always hard to show only one. More images can be seen in the individual posts http://emphoto.blogspot.com/
I have a few more people lined up to meet, but if there is a person that comes to mind do tell!