Most months Bobbi speaks on treating dementia, this month the stars aligned and I was able to join her, spending a few days working out of anonymous hotel rooms outside Chicago before adding an extra day and visiting downtown and the incredible Palmer House hotel.
It was nice to step away from planned shoots and be able to take pictures for the simple joy of doing so, mostly as our travel diary. Chicago is an amazing place, a strange juxtaposition to other large cities where there is a coldness toward other people, the people there were almost uniformly friendly. Two examples on Sunday touched me deeply, firstly the mother with her children in tow who bought a big bag of food and gave it to a homeless person on the street, and then the college students, with half a dozen trash bags of clothes and another homeless man pulling clothes out to find the ones that would fit him...nothing restores faith in humanity so much as seeing people reach out to help another human being.
The Fuji X camera still blows me away, in terms of performance a thoroughly modern camera of the digital age, but in feel and handling it harkens back to a simpler time, where a picture was seen and made. The best description is that it has a soul, it's ancestry being the classic Leica rangefinder cameras that were used to capture so many iconic pictures over the last century.
A couple of days of forgetting that I am a professional photographer, and simply being a photographer..finding my own soul in a big city.