Oak Parkers 2014
January 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment
My Oak Parker Project took a long break but now I am back to finish it. I had originally planned on 52 portraits in a year. I didn't get 52 finished in the year. Some people were not available and I have two young kids and a small business so not really surprising that I didn't whip it out. But I did meet a lot of very cool and inspiring people, and I got kinda attached to the number 52. And so I am back at it.
Tony at Tony's Shoe Repair in number 41 and I have a list that would put me at about 70. Over the next month or two I hope to finish with 52 (or not 52, either way is good).
If you haven't been to this place you should check it out. It's pretty awesome. So I was privileged to get into the back room where it all happens, but just going down the stair off Oak Park Ave. is an experience in itself. It's a little like stepping back in time even though this a thriving current business.
One of the very first portraits in the project was of John at Pieritz Stationary and the feel of these stores remind me of each other.
I love the tiny space, the chemicals, the smoke, all the personality.
I have a few more lined up but if there is someone who stands out to you as an Oak Parker I'm always open to suggestions. It about a half and half project, half the people are people I pick and half have been recommended to me.
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