AJ LaTrace

the blog of Adrian "AJ" LaTrace Jr

Komputer Cast

I’ve been a longtime fan of Com Truise, and always enjoyed how visual his music is. In my eyes, this guy is a true talent and a master at his particular craft. I recently just discovered his podcasts, or mixtapes rather, and have been really been making my way through them pretty quickly. I’d highly recommend checking them out! Be sure to start with Komputer Cast 1 and make your way through to the most recent. Also, the cover art is equally as impressive. I wish I had a physical jacket sleeve or a CD case with this album art on it.

Summer at North Ave Beach

I was at the beach a few weeks ago for an event and took a couple of snaps on my phone. It was perfect out.





GO HAWKS!

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.




Spring

It finally feels like Spring time in Chicago. The parks are packed today and many of the buildings have scaffoldings for window washing so they can look as shiny and nice as this one.

Midwest Blizzard

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.

New Video - East Berlin

I started on this project last October but got distracted with work/holidays, etc. The video is from an episode of the East German television show Polizeiruf 110.

Winter

It was a beautiful day today. The sun was shining bright, and the snow leftover from the weekend began to melt. I snapped this photo of the Sears Tower looking over the rest of the city. The building has broad shoulders.

Autumn

It’s the last week of September. Changing winds, changing tides, and this is reflected in the color of the leaves and in the decreasing amount of sun light.

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:

A few weeks ago, I found yet another big trove of old slides at a thrift store. This time, the images were from trips to India, the Amazon, Ethiopia and more. The box had a name and address - Katherine D. Taft, and so when I got home I looked the name up on Google and found that she had recently passed away. It is quite sad to see such amazing photos essentially discarded. So I decided to go ahead and scan them in and put them on the internet to live on. The photos are very well framed and give a unique perspective of each region traveled. You can tell that Katherine was not a “tourist” per se, and took the roads less traveled. Please follow the link below to see the set on Flickr. I’ve scanned and uploaded 60+ slides, and am not even half way through.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alatrace/sets/72157627709490182/ View high resolution

A few weeks ago, I found yet another big trove of old slides at a thrift store. This time, the images were from trips to India, the Amazon, Ethiopia and more. The box had a name and address - Katherine D. Taft, and so when I got home I looked the name up on Google and found that she had recently passed away. It is quite sad to see such amazing photos essentially discarded. So I decided to go ahead and scan them in and put them on the internet to live on. The photos are very well framed and give a unique perspective of each region traveled. You can tell that Katherine was not a “tourist” per se, and took the roads less traveled. Please follow the link below to see the set on Flickr. I’ve scanned and uploaded 60+ slides, and am not even half way through.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alatrace/sets/72157627709490182/

Cloud Gate, June 2011, Chicago, IL View high resolution

Cloud Gate, June 2011, Chicago, IL