Photo Issue 2012

A collection of reader-submitted images honoring Chicago's quiet-but-worthy moments

December 26, 2012
A horse being cooled off after racing in 90-degree heat at Arlington Park in July. Photograph by Bill Guerriero, the winner of our Facebook photo contest.
- Bill Guerriero
A horse being cooled off after racing in 90-degree heat at Arlington Park in July. Photograph by Bill Guerriero, the winner of our Facebook photo contest.

The world is full of noises. Even as we seek silence, it's hard to quiet the chatter in our brains—the remnants of a Twitter feed may invade our mental landscape; a shadow of a blue Facebook box pops into a subconscious mental slide show as we finally submit to sleep. We talk so much these days, even when it's not out loud. We debate the big issues and the small—we passionately expound on gun violence one day and Instagram's terms of service agreement the next. We discuss furthering the Occupy movement; we show each other our brunches. Through social media, we have become so tight-knit, so technologically close, yet every moment experienced there—our words and ideas—have become that much more fleeting.

It's become hard to keep up with the world that we, ourselves, have created. That's exactly why this year's Photo Issue has taken on new meaning for me.

A photo makes no sound; it writes no words. It hovers in quiet stillness. Perhaps most importantly, a photo makes that moment stay.

The year 2012 saw big moments: the Arab Spring and Pussy Riot, Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook. We held our breath for Obama to get reelected and some states got the right to exhale a celebratory bong hit.

But there were also tiny moments from our daily lives—and those didn't go unnoticed. As I sifted through the hundreds of submissions for our sixth annual Photo Issue, I got to inhabit those moments. Mark Hetzel captured life and death in the same moment at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Paul Moody exposed the quiet solitude of a man sitting alone at Millennium Park on a chilly April day. Ashley Marchi offered a shred of hope for times when we feel like the whole world has gone mad.

The following pages pay homage to the tiny moments that our readers found artful, soulful, ephemeral, or, for whatever reason, worthy of preserving. Enjoy the silence. Andrea Bauer

Readers chimed in and voted for their favorite submissions to our Photo Issue contest on Facebook and Instagram. Congratulations to our winners: Bill Guerriero (Facebook) and Carey Lundin (Instagram).

I'll Fly Away. Milwaukee and Halsted, September. By Carey Lundin, 51, producer of the documentary Jens Jensen Harmonious World, Hamlin Park. - CAREY LUNDIN
  • Carey Lundin
  • I'll Fly Away. Milwaukee and Halsted, September. By Carey Lundin, 51, producer of the documentary Jens Jensen Harmonious World, Hamlin Park.
Untitled. Glenwood, November. By Andrew Mine, 51, attorney, Rogers Park - ANDREW MINE
  • Andrew Mine
  • Untitled. Glenwood, November. By Andrew Mine, 51, attorney, Rogers Park
Untitled. Bissel Street, Lincoln Park, May. By Ashley Marchi, 22, employee at Monterey International, Lincoln Park - ASHLEY MARCHI
  • Ashley Marchi
  • Untitled. Bissel Street, Lincoln Park, May. By Ashley Marchi, 22, employee at Monterey International, Lincoln Park
What's A Dog To Do? Montrose Beach, March. By Bill Guerriero, 43, copy editor, Andersonville - BILL GUERRIERO
  • Bill Guerriero
  • What's A Dog To Do? Montrose Beach, March. By Bill Guerriero, 43, copy editor, Andersonville
Hey Bulldog. Montrose Dog Beach, July. By Bill Guerriero, 43, copy editor, Andersonville - BILL GUERRIERO
  • Bill Guerriero
  • Hey Bulldog. Montrose Dog Beach, July. By Bill Guerriero, 43, copy editor, Andersonville
Identique. Sheridan Road and Glenlake Avenue, Rogers Park, October. By Carrie Allen - CARRIE ALLEN
  • Carrie Allen
  • Identique. Sheridan Road and Glenlake Avenue, Rogers Park, October. By Carrie Allen
Johnnie's Beef. Summer. By Edward Anderson, 34, musician, Logan Square - EDWARD ANDERSON
  • Edward Anderson
  • Johnnie's Beef. Summer. By Edward Anderson, 34, musician, Logan Square
Rosie's on Elston. Rosicrucian Office on Elston Avenue, Summer. By Edward Anderson, 34, musician, Logan Square - EDWARD ANDERSON
  • Edward Anderson
  • Rosie's on Elston. Rosicrucian Office on Elston Avenue, Summer. By Edward Anderson, 34, musician, Logan Square
Garbage. The Metro, August. By Ellie Pritts - ELLIE PRITTS
Tame Impala. The Metro, November. By Ellie Pritts - ELLIE PRITTS
  • Ellie Pritts
  • Tame Impala. The Metro, November. By Ellie Pritts
Bug and Flowers. Waveland and the lakefront, July. By Gene Tenner - GENE TENNER
  • Gene Tenner
  • Bug and Flowers. Waveland and the lakefront, July. By Gene Tenner
Industrial Strippers. Hammond, July. Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood - HEATHER PHILIPS
  • Heather Philips
  • Industrial Strippers. Hammond, July. Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood
East Chicago, Indiana. East Chicago, July. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood - HEATHER PHILIPS
  • Heather Philips
  • East Chicago, Indiana. East Chicago, July. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood
Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan, March. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood - HEATHER PHILIPS
  • Heather Philips
  • Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan, March. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood
Something Good: Hammond Indiana. Hammond, July. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood - HEATHER PHILIPS
  • Heather Philips
  • Something Good: Hammond Indiana. Hammond, July. By Heather A. Phillips, 32, research manager, Ravenswood
Lake Michigan on October 30, 2012. Lake Michigan, October. By Iwona Biedermann, 52, photographer, Wicker Park - IWONA BIEDERMANN
  • Iwona Biedermann
  • Lake Michigan on October 30, 2012. Lake Michigan, October. By Iwona Biedermann, 52, photographer, Wicker Park
Along Milwaukee Avenue. Milwaukee Avenue, October. By Iwona Biedermann, 52, photographer, Wicker Park - IWONA BIEDERMANN
  • Iwona Biedermann
  • Along Milwaukee Avenue. Milwaukee Avenue, October. By Iwona Biedermann, 52, photographer, Wicker Park
Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, July. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square - JACOB WATTS
  • Jacob Watts
  • Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, July. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square
Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, August. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square - JACOB WATTS
  • Jacob Watts
  • Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, August. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square
Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, January. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square - JACOB WATTS
  • Jacob Watts
  • Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, January. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square
Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, January. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square - JACOB WATTS
  • Jacob Watts
  • Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, January. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square
Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, November. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square - JACOB WATTS
  • Jacob Watts
  • Untitled. Multiple Chicago locations, November. By Jacob Watts, photographer and freelance retoucher, Logan Square

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