In a project of photographic outreach, the Center offers works by eight artists who are clients of social service agencies and are passionate about what the camera can do. Luminous beauty in bright colors, often accompanied by inspirational text, dominate the images here, but a more somber and meditative note is struck by Diane’s muted color studies of Chicago in winter—captured by song titles—that emphasize solitude and sometimes abandonment. In “Lonely (Akon),” we see the North Pond restaurant at the Lincoln Park lagoon backgrounded by steel-and-glass high rises through a finely spun veil of snowflakes. In an untitled shot, Diane presents a forlorn park bench shot from behind surrounded by mounds and swathes of snow, and a pile of dead leaves. In all her works, Diane reminds us of the times when we were out alone and quietly came upon scenes that elicit the pathos of a wanderer. (Michael Weinstein)
Through August 21 at the Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln
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