How do you maintain your sense of focus, your spirits, and your sense of self amidst the cacophony of daily urban life? The answer that many, perhaps most, of us would offer is that we find and create bubbles of peaceful sanctuary that we visit throughout the day.
I suspect that's exactly what this lady was doing when I took this image.
It was nearing 5pm on a beautiful mid-June day. I was out for a walk with a very small camera. As I approached Van Buren street in Chicago's south loop I looked up and saw this lovely lady waiting for an elevated train all alone on the platform, gazing up Clark street as if hovering in her own bubble of peace. Perhaps she'd had a hectic day working at one of the nearby financial exchanges or at the Metropolitan Correction Center (a prison) which looms in the background. Whatever the case, there she was in one of densest and busiest parts of the city surrounded by lights, security cameras, and transit technology...yet on a private island.
One of the tests of an image's quality, for me, is how I react to seeing it years after capturing (or first seeing) it. This is one that I always welcome seeing again and again.
- Ken Tanaka -
Camera: Panasonic DMC-LX5