Stay the Summer

Summer on the Lake

©2009 Alex Garcia

Wishing the summer to stay. Just wishing. I watch my son play along the water’s edge of Lake Michigan at North Avenue beach as I take in the grace of another sunset and the remains of the day.  The day has said its peace. The crowds and sun have softened. It’s my ideal time. The light has a glow. There is a calm encouraged by the waves.  Soon we will be back to school, and these open and lingering hours of free time will transition to early bedtimes and hurried schedules.  We must come back soon. As in work and play, I find myself on a deadline….seasons may change but some things stay the same….

In the Air Show Trenches


©2009 Chicago Tribune

Chicago is having its annual air and water show, and after having photographed it a number of times, all I can say is…all power to the photographers out there this weekend. This image is a flashback file from my days in the air show trenches – hours in the hot sun, trolling the miles of beach looking for an image of planes, boats or the crowds that you haven’t seen year-after-year-after-year-after-year.  No time for a leisurely hot dog on the beach with a cold drink – planes have crashed before at these events and it’s your hide if you don’t have a photo of it.  Heck, you might be the person running if the plane comes cartwheeling into the crowd. And you still should have a shot of it!  I know, I know, those are macabre thoughts – but I’m sure they are running through the minds of photojournalists covering it this weekend – the image soldiers loaded down with cameras, laptops and water bottles.  May you have added appreciation for their photos this weekend!:-)