Friday, January 25, 2013

Ice Castle

A couple days ago, this beautiful old warehouse caught fire in the south side neighborhood of Bridgeport. When I saw the images on the news, I knew I had to get down there and photograph it myself. This is the largest fire Chicago has seen a a few decades and it's not going out without a fight, forcing firefighters to add more water to the already eight inches of ice that covers the outside of the building. I overheard a fireman tell some reporters that he had to rotate his men and women because with the extreme cold, they were at risk for hypothermia and frostbite. Now, I've had a fondness for firefighters since I was left behind at a fire station during a kindergarten field trip and they gave me a bowl of chili and watched Mac and Me with me in the lounge, but they earned a whole new level of respect yesterday. Despite the icicles on their suits, freezer burned faces, and working under the risk of the entire building collapsing, they were kind to all the civilians who came to see a bit of history, and were in good enough moods to try to pose for pictures for me (I kept trying to motion to one guy not to pose, but I guess that's what I get for wearing lipstick and a White Sox hat at the same time).



  1. Oh lord WTF!?
    much love

  2. so hauntingly beautiful. never seen anything like this. seriously OBSESSED.

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley