ABC News Did Not Run a Story About a Fake Photographer, Despite a Comedian’s Claims

ABC News Did Not Run a Story About a Fake Photographer, Despite a Comedian's Claims

On March 15th, we reposted a YouTube video of a comedian who claimed to have tricked ABC News into running a fake story about him. Well, it appears that the real ones who were duped were this writer and the comedian’s fans, because the actual news story wasn’t about the comedian at all.

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Here’s a List of the Financial Resources Available to Photographers During COVID-19

Here's a List of the Financial Resources Available to Photographers During COVID-19

Photographers and videographers alike have seen much of their income vanish due to coronavirus / COVID-19. A number of organizations have put together financial aid for creatives who have lost work, so here’s a list of the financial grants and funds available to visual creatives during the pandemic.

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DENZ FDC-LPL Flange Focal Depth Tester

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Bamboozled, Showboat and Vitalina Varela: Jim Hemphill’s Home Viewing Recommendations, March 27, 2020

Although it borrows liberally from earlier films like A Face in the Crowd, The Producers, and Network, there’s nothing else quite like Spike Lee’s 2000 satire Bamboozled, the most ferociously funny movie of the writer-director’s career as well as one of his most formally adventurous. It’s a movie of extremes, raucous in its gleeful willingness to offend (as Mel Brooks said of The Producers, it “rises below vulgarity”) and relentless in the psychological trauma it inflicts on both its characters and its audience, with Lee’s mission being nothing less than a history of racist representation in American pop culture and […]

Final Cut Pro X Is Now Free for 90 Days

Final Cut Pro X Is Now Free for 90 Days

Apple has announced that you can now test out Final Cut Pro X for 90 days, increasing the trial period from 30 days. In addition, Apple will soon be applying the same deal to its digital audio workstation and MIDI sequencer, Logic Pro X.

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“Avoid Time Blur”: at CPH:DOX, the Red Heaven Filmmakers on Surviving Isolation

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Start Using Composition Theory in Your Photography Instead of Composition Rules

Start Using Composition Theory in Your Photography Instead of Composition Rules

We are quite familiar to the rule of thirds, the golden ratio, and perhaps the Fibonacci spiral. We know how to use it in photography, more or less, and we all have heard about breaking these composition rules. But perhaps you should use composition theory instead.

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My Friend Sent Me on a Photo Quest During Social Distancing

My friend Jon Gilchrist and I were talking about cabin fever and ways to stay active while also socially distancing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He had the idea to come up with a route on Google Earth and Street View for me to bike and take a few pictures on.

He only gave me written instructions in an email and I avoided looking at any maps as I went. The east/west streets in Chicago are all numbered and I am familiar with most of the named north/south streets so it wasn’t hard to follow his directions. I would definitely recommend doing it mapless.

This is a gallery of photos from that trip. Jon’s instructions are in quotes.

“Head out onto 21st Street, turn East to Michigan, go a half block South. Take a picture of the historic company on the West side of the street.”

Chess Records
Chess Records

“Then go next door and take a picture through the fence and one of the sexy silhouette.”

“Continue South to the end of the block. Turn right on Cermak and in a half block take a picture of the now-closed famous joint on the South side of the street.”

White Castle #16

I think this is the most famous joint on Cermak here. Now this old White Castle houses the kitchen for Chef Luciano’s.

Nope, it was the Velvet Lounge. I had no idea it was all that old or closed.

White Castle #16

“Continue West on Cermak and cross State street. On the South side of the street about 100′ past the intersection are some concrete barriers. If it’s safe, jump the barriers and go straight South on the now-abandoned road. There might be interesting things along this road, take some pix if you see anything. If it’s not safe, continue down the block to the National Teacher’s Academy and work your way South through their walkways and parking lots. Either way, make your way to the intersection of Federal and W 23rd.”

Hilliard Towers Apartments

This area is a pretty barren park now but there is a great view of the historic Hilliard Apartments. Built in 1966, the cylinder towers were designed for seniors and the curved towers for low income housing. They were designed by Bertrand Goldberg. He also designed Marina City.

“Go South on Federal. The land between Federal and the train tracks seems to have been something at some point. See if you can see any interesting foundation remains. According to Google Maps, Federal may be closed. But the North end of the empty land seems to be open and accessible. If you find your route blocked, wing it.”

Didn’t see any building remains but I did see some interesting trash.

“Go South on Federal. The land between Federal and the train tracks seems to have been something at some point. See if you can see any interesting foundation remains. According to Google Maps, Federal may be closed. But the North end of the empty land seems to be open and accessible. If you find your route blocked, wing it.”

State and 26th

Didn’t see any building remains but I did see some interesting trash.

Taxi Tomb

“Work your way back to State, head South to 27th then back West on 27th. There’s a taxi company parking lot at 27th and Dearborn with lots of red cars. Might be an interesting picture there.”

This is no parking lot, it’s a tomb….

Taxi Tomb

“Take Federal back up to 26th, then West to Wentworth and North through Chinatown.”

Boarded Up Store
Central Port Emporium

There are all too many boarded up storefronts here.

Chinatown Gate
Red Line Tracks at 18th Street

“Go West into Ping Tom park. Get up close to the railroad bridge and take some pix, then head to the North end of the park and see if there’s anything new up there. Take some pix of the St. Charles Air Line bridge while you’re there.”

Ping Tom Park

The only entrance is locked up…

“Depart Ping Tom whenever you feel like it, and head out 19th and up Wentworth to 18th.”

Railway Access Road off 18th Street

State and 18th Flyover
Green Line at 18th Street

“East on 18th to Indiana and South a bit to the Henry B. Clarke House. Take a touristy picture of it.”

Henry B. Clarke House
Henry B. Clarke House

“If the gates are open, take a walk through the gardens. They look pretty interesting and photogenic.”

Clarke House Garden

“Work your way over to The Battle of Fort Dearborn park at the corner of S Calumet and E 18th. Learn you some history.”

Fort Dearborn Park

There’s some history but not much else in this park. The entrance to lake front trail is next to it though, so I took a 4 mile detour down the lakefront.

Channel Between McCormick and Northerly Island

“Take 18th back to Indiana, go North under the train bridge and turn Right on 15th Place. Down at the end there’s some more history. See what Mark Twain was all about.”

Mark Twain Park

Mark Twain was pretty cool but you won’t find any info about him in this park. Just a jungle gym.

2nd Presbyterian Church

It was an interesting and enjoyable experience. I discovered some new locations and revisited some old favorites. I could see similar projects being quite enjoyable for others either planning a route or following one.


About the author: Michael Banks is a photographer and lighting designer based in Chicago. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Banks’ work on his website. This article was also published here.