Welcome to Full Perspective Photos by Adam Dooley.
I am a photographer and as such, I am also an artist. This also means I’m constantly evolving in my art.
This also means I need to re-write my “About Me” page from time to time.
I am currently a cityscape and street photographer living in Chicago’s far north side. I am also currently working on a photography project to photograph all 77 “Well Defined Community Areas” of Chicago.
I work in Chicago’s far north suburbs for my day job and much of my vacation time is spent roaming the city of Chicago. I truly explore by using my feet. My effort to get to all of these community areas is not just to take one picture for each area, but to walk the neighborhood for most of the day, taking pictures of what I find interesting. Exploring the City of Chicago is not just an exploration of my City, but it is also an exploration of myself. I get to express it in photographs.
I believe that one of my photographic strengths is in showing up. When I arrive somewhere with a camera that others normally do not go to, let alone show up with a camera, that allows me to make images that aren’t normally made.
Another strength I think I have is in seeing couples together in public. This shows up all the time in my street photography. A close second to that is parents with children. There is something about people together that expresses a story and an emotion that I just have to capture.
The story of showing up…
Like many photographers these days I got started late in life. Growing up I denied myself this artistic feeling because it was too costly to pursue. Digital arrived and it was still too costly to pursue.
Then everything changed about four years ago. Without getting into dramatics, I had an intense need to rediscover myself. This included a 6000 mile road-trip that included Yellowstone, Muir Woods, Las Angeles, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, and a rout back home through Denver. The camera I had wasn’t professional, but it did the job I wanted. But I wanted more. And I kept shooting. Within 5 months of that trip, I bought a much more serious camera. Two years after that, I bought my first full frame camera.
An experience that stuck with me ever since that fateful vacation was a small hike I took to Fairy Falls in Yellowstone, National Park. It was a three mile hike on level terrain. (Easy for Yellowstone!) It’s a waterfall that is close to 200 feet high and it plunges into a small pool at its base. You can easily skip across the creak it forms at the bottom, actually. I found myself all alone with this beautiful waterfall. I could have easily taken a swim and cooled off it its waters. The point is, I was there with a camera. I later searched for images of this waterfall in Google, and there weren’t that many out there to find! It’s all in the showing up.
That’s enough of memory lane. That experience is at the root of my photography life. It is why I believe that the most important part of being a photographer is in showing up with a camera. Even if you show up late.
I hope you’ll come along with me on my photographic journey.
Adam D. Dooley