Focal points Photography

Journey to the End of the Night 2010 – Part 1


Hello friends and welcome to Focal Points the new urban photo blog from myself (John Morrison) and Subism Studios. Each week I’ll be sharing photos from around the city usually focusing on the urban landscape of Chicago.

I decided to kick off this blog with something very near and dear to my heart:

Journey the The End of the Night.

For those unfamiliar:

Journey to the End of the Night is a free street game of epic proportion, presented in Chicago by CGØ for the third year running. Players will try to make it through a series of checkpoints, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, rising to pursue their former friends and allies. No skates, no bikes, no cars, no buses, just your feet and the good old Elevated Train.

The intention is to get together with a large group of people and have a good time running around in the city and seeing it in ways you never have before. I took part in it last year with some friends and had an amazing time. So needless to say I couldn’t wait to do it again this year.

I figured this would be a great launch topic for this blog as the photos from it are very indicative of my tastes and some of what you’ll see going forward here on focal points. Because of the large number of photos I’ve decided to split it between two entries. On Friday I’ll be posting my account of the experience and those who participated with me along with the remaining photographs. Until then enjoy the first 18!

Chicago Design General Photography Theatre

A few photos, a few words.

Batterymouth: Mark Walkley, Zack Whittington and Dave Urlakis.

Hey friends, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve updated routinely. Back in December my apartment got robbed and it’s taken me until just now to finally replace everything. Unfortunately this has prevented me from having access to my full Aperture library for some time and has made doing photo work a chore.

Hopefully now this will be a thing of the past, I just got a brand new iMac and I’ve been reunited with my library and workflow. I’ve gone ahead and posted a bunch of new photos on my Flickr account and plan to post many more in the coming days.

So what have I been up to in the last few months? Well…

In March I went to Austin for the South By Southwest Interactive conference with a bunch of friends, had a blast, learned a ton and made lots of new contacts.

In April I took a trip home to visit friends and family, while there I caught the opening of the new Yankee Stadium.

A few weeks ago I went to the Chicago Red Stars home opener with the Chicago Local 134 in support of the team and my friend CEO Peter Wilt.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go with Aki and Mark to play “Journey To The End of The Night”, a city wide street game akin to manhunt/tag/hide and go seek.

I’ve also taken over PR / Marketing and Brand Identity for Long Pork and we’re having a blast with it. Right now we’ve got a show running every Saturday at the Apollo Studio Theater at 8pm through the 23rd. You should check us out.

Some of my photography is now part of a local collective called NMA Artists an unofficial group of artists, writers and photographers who happen to work at a certain major retail store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Lastly I’ve had the pleasure of consulting on the Chicago Tribune‘s new ChicagoNow project. I can’t wait for the site to launch, it’s going to be big.

That’s all for now, life is pretty good, I hope to get the chance to update more often. Thanks for reading!