Surfaces | Pilsen

In 2007, during a springtime jaunt up to New York City, I wandered into the International Center of Photography and discovered Stephen Shore for the first time. On exhibition were his landscapes of small-town, roadside America in the 1970s, and I was instantly smitten with—and inspired by—the idea of what he called “American surfaces.”

To this day, whenever I find myself wandering a new city or neighborhood, I’m drawn to the surfaces of the place. (Thanks, Stephen!) Below are the uniquely colorful and lively surfaces of Pilsen, a Mexican enclave on the southwest side of Chicago. Next time you’re in town, take the Pink line to 18th Street, and get your fill of sweeping murals, religious iconography, and freshly-fried churros—you won’t be sorry you did.

Camera: Mamiya 645AF
Film: Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Portra 400