Stories from the Street

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Alas – here are my blog-“ish” type entries that I’ve always referred to verbally as “Lori’s Stories”. My stories and shares (past, present and future) are and will be … different. So now it’s time to share in writing as I talk, talk and talk! I hope you enjoy and share, share and share!

Thanks again for staying present in “Lori’s real time” which in reality (as most know) is truly “my time” which is as early (not often) or late (more often) as it is. A very dear friend always said "If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done" Ethelyn Hirsch 5/9/07 ... I love her and forever hold her in my heart !!!

As I’ve said many times before I am motivated by you, and you and … ! I love being able to share what I’ve captured thru tooling around here and there and absolutely value the energy and appreciation I get back from you. Knowing I may have made an impression in expanding your own visions (literally) to be open and always intrigued by the streets and on paths that you travel! My mantra and my pleasure!

To begin with and knowing how my aspirations are fueled by all the people I see, meet, share with and befriend – a note received from a new one … I LOVE IT – thanks Clark!

As promised you will find below one of my favorite observations form a true titan of the twentieth century. I have this feeling that you are just the type of person Winston had in mind.- "Those whose work and pleasure are one... are... Fortune's favoured children." - Winston Churchill.

Clark Walter / 2014

Angies Story: Fundraising for MS...

Hanging "Lucious"

I first met Angie Randall when her and I (and hockey player Bryan Bickell) were invited to be part of a segment on The Whitney Reynolds Show. In “Moving Mountains With MS” (more on that later) we share our stories and insights on mindsets and our Multiple Sclerosis’.

Angie’s energy and enthusiasm is incredible as she undeniably has an impact on the direction of “our” disease. She’s raised over $53,554.00 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the short time I’ve known her! Mid April she hosted a fundraising soiree 'Spring for a Cure' and to support the team she formed “Oscar’s Mom” for the national/annual “Walk MS” event. Funds subsidize research as well in the many programs and assistance the society provides to the MS community.

So, in finding out about the 'Spring For a Cure' I was anxious to donate a piece of my photography for the silent auction. The image I chose was “Luscious”. When Angie asked if there was anything to add about the significance of "Luscious" as a print, I immediately thought of Angie, her presence and demeanor and then some:

“Distinctive. Unstoppable - Like all of us, prevailing over obstacles placed in our way. Captured 2010 - a day in May, Chicago”

As fate had it the winner of Luscious was Beth Prystowsky a perfect match and now another new MS friend. Beth is equally as amazing spearheading a very relevant website, blog and MS resource for all.

To connect with Angie and her blog:

To connect with Beth and her blog

To see the Whitney Reynolds Moving Mountains With MS segment:

Thanks to you two for all you do.

“I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone.” -AL
Annie Leibovitz - Chicago 2018
23 may
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The 1st scene was set - Dec 2, 2008, Harold Washington Library, Chicago

The energy and buzz of 650 people in the main room plus 2 overflow rooms was magnetic anxiously waiting for Annie Leibovitz aka Anna-Lou … to don the stage presenting a new book 'ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK'.

Annie & Me - Book Signing 2008

Afterward fans queued in line, some upwards of 2 hours, as she autographed books speaking with each person until the last was signed! Of course the photography was great and her stories inspirational but I was especially impressed for the time she devoted to all with a genuine smile and brief chat! Fast forward just shy of 10 years later I googled (and actually found – ha) the article below (Annie Leibovitz: Close Up at the Library), which leads me to:

The 2nd scene - April 11, 2018, Chicago’s Standard Club luncheon and Museum of Contemporary Art book signing by Annie of … 'ANNIE LEIBOVITZ PORTRAITS 2005 – 2016'.

The book is a remarkable collection exemplifying her talent of lighting, composition and most importantly, in portrait photography, the connection with her subject.

These quotes put the puzzle pieces together further:

A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
-Annie Leibovitz

When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”
-Annie Leibovitz

I don't want to wait another 20 years until I see her again. - Be Well.

More about Annie and helpful links:

1. Annie Leibovitz: Close Up at the Library

2. Annie Leibovitz Clicks with Audience at MCA Event

3. The Art Story: Annie Leibovitz

Total Solar Eclipse Montana 1979 BD - Before Digital

Total Solar Eclipse Montana 2/26/79 (shot on film of course)

Can you believe I found this print (and only this one) in my "shoebox of pictures" (literally) from 30+ years ago! Saaweet! ON THE RIGHT →

I'd taken a total solar eclipse class while at UNC in Greeley, CO. (and for those that know me along with other favs - Billiards and Skiing). A few days before the event we loaded into buses northbound to Montana (along other thousands from everyplace). It was long ago and a different lifetime but from what I remember it was amazing and a definite "once in my lifetime" happening.

ONWARD to the next eclipse in my future...

If you still have a pair of the coveted glasses and To SHARE THE SKY safely – - - consider donating to Astronomers Without Borders. They’re collecting the glasses to send to schools in South America and Asia for use during 2019's eclipse, which is expected to cross those continents.

Read more about it here!


To find a nearby Glasses Collection Center try here!

Noble Horse Theatre Arena
Demo May 2017
31 may
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Chicago's Noble Horse Theatre

May 2017 in Chicago’s historic Old Town district the last public horse stable in the city is gone after almost 150 years! Unfortunately, I was able to capture too few images of the Noble Horse Theatre’s existence and too many of its ultimate demise.

Noble Horse Theatre 2017

This livery hall and riding stable was built in 1871 where in its lobby a blacksmith shop and its tools could be found. It was a time when Chicagoans relied on horses for transportation. In 1922 and for 50 years more its riding hall was transformed into an elegant riding academy. At Lakeshore Stables people could board horses, see performances and take horses for trail rides through Lincoln Park. In the 1970’s and 80’s it suffered disrepair and neglect but in 2000 was restored. With help from a community group Friends of the Stables and the City of Chicago, it again sustained as a boarding facility and offered riding lessons.

In 2003 it began its final role as the Nobel Horse Theatre. Go here for a 2008 video tour of the stable and see the theater in action.

My photos show only remnants of this urban gem, like its weather worn wooden Coats of Arms painted in traditional colors:

  • red – warrior, military strength
  • white – sincerity, peace
  • green – hope, joy and loyalty in love

We’ll never see the likes of it again but I hope you’ll go here for some glimpses I cherish from its day that will live on forever!

The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse.”
- Author Unknown

A Moment in Time - Momentum Magazine

Betty has been part of my canvas and neighborhood for many years and my admiration of her enduring strength grows as months and seasons pass. Having survived throat cancer, as we talk, Betty “silently shapes words with her lips while the sparkle in her eyes …”

See more in my article in Momentum Magazine.

None of us, or our stories (good, bad or indifferent) is immune to perpetual change, some times waxing and some waning. So if you’re out and cross paths with one that may be experiencing the later - please give a hand in whatever way you can. I believe the help and hope you will share will be returned 100 fold.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
- David Alan Harvey

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