Cold-weather Chicago

Cold weather Chicago (35 East Wacker), © 2014 Celia Her City
It would have been such a lovely photograph had my camera not malfunctioned.

I was walking south toward the State Street Bridge after lunching with a friend at the Nordstrom Café.  It was cold and windy and had just begun snowing, but I stubbornly ignored the conditions and took a few photographs with my trusty Canon, because I so seldom find myself walking this way.  Plus, the weak grey light made the old grey skyscrapers look all the more showy.

In the viewfinder, the images looked normal, so it was distressing to get home and find that I had been abusing my camera and that each digital image was split between two different settings.

Nonetheless, I thought that, when processed as a black and white image, this one of the Jewelers Building at 35 East Wacker was still worth saving.  If nothing else, it’s a memento of a moment and a day.

Crossing the bridge was a sad reminder of the two young people who died in the river’s icy waters just a few days ago.  Yes, there is some hysteria about the weather, but there are also real hazards in cold-weather Chicago.