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Matt Maldre
Chicago, IL
Christian, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, webmaster, entrepreneur, curator, goofball, and croquet player in Chicago
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Nice job photoshopping in that PB&J sandwich over the hot dog. You even got the vendor box too! Also funny seeing a fan wearing a Padres jersey with a Cubs hat. That immediately makes me think of Rizzo. She just needed a Yankees bracelet.
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Oh man. That story totally cracked me up. Here Sutcliffe is trying to get on an elevator when suddenly a dude on the elevator yells at him, "NOOOOOOOO!" LOLOLOLOL Sutcliffe must have thought, "I'm not getting on the elevator with that crazy guy!" Thank you for saving Sutcliffe. And here, I didn't do anything to save Ryne Sandberg. Instead I stalked him at his radio show. Before the show he ducked into a room under the escalators. I found that odd. He was in there for a few minutes before the show. I thought it was some sort of private lobby waiting room. A couple weeks later, I explored under the escalators. They are washrooms! Ryno, I'm sorry I stalked you outside the bathroom door!
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My morning commute crosses paths with yours. I work at the Chicago Tribune (technically Tribune Content Agency). I walk from Ogilvie Transportation Center eastbound into the Prudential Building, and then up to the Chicago Tribune floors. Since we moved in this April, I'm finding the building to be a lot of fun. The Score live-broadcasting the Cubs postseason rally in the lobby this year was fun. I got Sandberg's autograph on a printout of game 7 World Series scorecard. :)
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This is so psychedelic!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2016 on Picture This: A 360 Degree Wonder at Eye Level
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Whoa. What an intense piece of public art. I'm also a public spaces artist who wants to create work that has impact and makes people think. Your work here is amazing.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on Places of Remembrance at Berlin Reified
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Alex! you are #2 for Photojournalism on the Kindle store, and #6 for Photojournalism in all Amazon books! (I bought the book too! I can't wait to open it!) Reading your post today made my say out loud, "WHAAAAT" but I am very excited for you. I'm looking forward to seeing how you stretch out in the photo community with your great ability for teaching, writing, and entrepreneurial ideas. OH man. I can't wait to see what you will do.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2014 on A Book and a Big Life Leap at Assignment Chicago
Alex, that's such a great idea! It would be so much fun to have a Photographers' Cafe. There's something similar in the comic book industry with comic book stores. Some stores make more of a community effort by putting on evens and talks. One such place in Chicago is "Challengers Comics + Conversations" on Western Avenue.
Ohh, the book is standing on the counter. Clever! I totally thought it was in her hands. Alex, you are the master of portrait photography. Also the filled-in negative space in the O letters of the book fit in nicely with your composition with the round mirror. The missing negative space is akin to the play you are doing with space in the photo.
You have so many wonderful stories!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on You Just Never Know... at Assignment Chicago
I love how the lighting is all blue, and then the student is regular-toned. The ceiling on the left looks like a midnight sky full of constellations.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on Cosmic Rays in the Ceiling at Assignment Chicago
Holy smokes!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on Hypnotic Smoke at Assignment Chicago
That is so electrifying!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Lightning Over Chicago at Assignment Chicago
Alex! Great photo! I see you were at the 5pm service. Sarah and I were at the 3pm service! I was also struck by the same light. Or maybe I should say the light struck me. I snapped a photo:
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2014 on Good Friday Light at Assignment Chicago
Happy 4-year blogversary!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2014 on Loving and Hating Lake Street at Assignment Chicago
What is this? American Idol?
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2014 on Warning: Favorite Photo Ahead at Assignment Chicago
Did your frozen jeans really stand up in place? You need to get some snow pants, mister! ha. the last one is funny, "20. Eighteen inches of snow that cleans up all photo backgrounds."
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2014 on The Joy of Vortex at Assignment Chicago
I never realized this until I saw your photo, but the color of Ditka's eyes is Smoke Blue.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2013 on Mike Ditka - Da Coach at Assignment Chicago
I was wondering how you got the nice lighting on your face! :)
Nice coverage, Alex! You hit all the details and also the bigger picture (often people only do one side). And your insight about not being able to frame your photos is a good point. I like that you choose to do a selfie for the image of this blog post. Or should it be called a beanie? Haha. Has anyone used that term for photos taken of self reflections in the bean? A beanie.
You got the horse in the race track shot! Nice.
What should that genre be called? When you have a portrait of someone taking a selfie? Parallax portrait-selfie?
Hey, tell that one lady in the photo to get off the kitchen counter! Sheesh. #respectthetape
Do decibels cause camera shake?
This man is the antithesis of the lights. 1) His hat sits in between the two lights, separating them. 2) His hat is the same shape as the lights, but his hat is is right-side up, while the lights are upside down. 3) His hat is black, the lights are white. 4) His hat covers, the lights expose.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on Coffee at the Lula Cafe at Assignment Chicago
Wow! How fun. I love how you got the helicopter pilot's sandals in the photo and video.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2013 on Air and Water Show - Preview at Assignment Chicago