Up the ramp | Sometimes getting a photograph gets tough. I was stopped by security before taking this photo. They wanted to see my press pass – for a free event in an open park. I said I didn’t know I needed to check in, so they made me go check in. Funny thing about security, especially in a laid back environment like a free concert – they’re disorganized. Instead of escorting me to the press table, they sent me there on my own. Once in contact with the press staff, I mentioned that I had already gotten all of the shots that I needed, save a few. If they could just give me a pass so their staffers would stop bothering me, I’d be happily on my way. They obliged. I’m not sure why security puts up such a front for photographers. Wouldn’t the Grant Park Orchestra want a little extra pub anywhere and any way they can get it? Their production of Perfectly Frank: From Broadway to Hollywood was pretty good. I enjoyed my 15 minutes of listening while shooting. These Grant Park Music Festival offerings at Millenium Park are pretty good. There’s a concert in the park Tuesday thru Sunday almost every week all summer from June 12 thru August 18. There, I think that qualifies as a donation.
The man coming up the ramp looked very disappointed. I’m not sure why. I decided to capture him in motion to blur away his grimace. Maybe he was just tired under the weight of his backpack while going uphill. I thought his struggle mirrored mine; I wasn’t too bothered by security – but why the five minutes of hassle?