Last night will certainly be one to remember. Two goals in 17 seconds at the end of the third period sealed up the quest for Stanley Cup by the Blackhawks. Fireworks were exploding and car horns were blaring all night. I decided to take a short walk to the Whirlaway Lounge to see what was going on, and ran into this scene.
As Toews, Sharp, Keith and Kane began hoisting the cup and skating around the ice with it, I thought, “Hmm, the Stanley Cup kind of reminds me of the Hubble Space Telescope”. Spending all of 15 minutes on Photoshop, I hacked together an image of Kane hoisting the space telescope and sent it over to the Adler Planetarium. Low and behold, they found the image humorous and shared it on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. After winning major sports championships, some people like to party in the streets, or smash store windows and vandalize vehicles. Me? I like to contribute to the celebration by helping others have a good laugh.
We’ve had some pretty crazy snow storms in the last few weeks. Last year, Chicago hit a record of consecutive days without snow - but now we’re making up for it. Driving in the storm was not a good idea, but parking the car and getting home in one piece was in itself an accomplishment.
My friend Kristina Smith recently submitted a painting based off of one of my photos to this year’s ArtPrize and went up to Michigan for the event to be a part of the festivities. I really wanted to join but had to stay put do to other obligations, but I was and am super excited still to have been some sort of an inspiration to her amazing work. I’ve always enjoyed the inspiration my friends provide me, and really try hard to reciprocate it. Kristina has created a series based on images of discarded household items as a subtle commentary on our consumer society. You can see the series and learn more about her work here.
Here’s the original photo I took in DC:
and here is Kristina’s painting based on it: