Chicago 09bw


Piece description from the artist

Chicago has been called a Museum of Architecture, and it continually upholds that honor with some of the newest, biggest, and boldest urban creations in the world while still maintaining towering masterpieces from over 100 years ago. The "El", or elevated train, has been circling The Loop business district since 1895, but the original South Side Elevated line opened in 1892 in time for the World's Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. Prior to that the city had wagons and street cars that were pulled by horses, but because expansion was so rapid after The Great Chicago Fire, and the population was doubling and tripling, easing congestion was an immediate necessity. Here we are looking down onto the SW corner of The Loop with a CTA train winding through the city.

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About Ashland Thomas

Chicago, IL

Ashland grew up in Southeast Virginia surrounded by lush rural landscapes, great protected swamp lands, national & state parks, the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the breathtaking Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Mountains, and the inlets & oceans of Virginia & North Carolina.

It was this constant variation in natural beauty that first drew his eye to the camera; that, and the constant joy of capturing life's candid moments on film. Although no particular subject is banned from the lens of Ashland's camera, it is landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and nature that truly captures his heart.

"There's always more to see, more to learn, more to be wowed about-I just hope you enjoy what I see in the world."

A constant staple on the likes of Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, Ashland currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and looks forward to many more years of development, collaboration, creativity, world travel, and art.

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