Michigan Avenue Chicago Man Named Rocky
This is Rocky's story:
His sign reads, "Hi, I'm Rocky. Me and my friend lost everything in a fire. Anything helps us get on our paws & feet again. God bless & thank you."
Rocky's landlords weren't appropriately fixing the problems in his home. This resulted in a fire. Rocky and his wife take turns sitting here on the corner of Michigan and Pearson. Their cat is always by their side. I ask, "What are you reading?" "Harry Potter," he replies. Rocky couldn't recall whether it was the second or third book from the series. He enjoys the books more than the movies.
I believe each of us has a unique story.
I want to learn them.
What if we listen to their stories before judging them?
What if they're doing the best they can?
When I ask myself these questions, I feel more compassion and empathy.
It forces me to get out of my head and to do something that makes me feel uncomfortable. It also forces me to do it in a more timely manner.
During this journey of The 100 Day Project, you'll realize I struggle with actually knowing what some of my true passions actually are. I'm confident to say that film photography is one of my passions. I took Rocky's photographs with my Leica M6. I LOVE the simplicity of it. 35 mm film, no fancy settings and no fancy options. Aperture, shutter speed, manual focus. The basics of photography down to it's core.
I invite you along on this journey.
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