RichFlansburg Photographs: Blog en-us (C) RichFlansburg Photographs (RichFlansburg Photographs) Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:34:00 GMT Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:34:00 GMT RichFlansburg Photographs: Blog 80 120 #WomensMarchChicago

A new portfolio: #WomensMarchChicago

On January 21, 2017, women, men, and children assembled peaceably in cities  across the United States and around the world to show their deeply-felt concerns about proposed health, social and international policies of the recently elected President of the United States.

The Women’s March on Chicago provided the opportunity for me, as an artist, to bring my street photography style to a documentary project about this protest march. Moving within the march as a participant allowed me to walk beside the other marchers, listen to them, hear their motivations and be present in each photo I made. 

In the weeks since I made these photos, I have come to believe that this event is just the beginning of the story. I think that the voices being raised against intolerance, bigotry, and social injustice are becoming more strident and the potential for violent responses from both sides of the issues will replace the peaceful camaraderie I witnessed on this sunny day in Chicago. Hopefully, I am wrong about this forecast.


View the entire portfolio here

(RichFlansburg Photographs) Chicago Documentary Protest Women's March black and white Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:33:37 GMT
7-04-16 “7-04-16" Wheaton/Glen Ellyn IL


I took the opportunities of two Fourth of July parades to make photos of those folks watching the events here in these two suburbs of Chicago. Rather than photograph the parades’ participants chose to aim the camera at the viewers rather than the views. My goal was to show what we look like here in 2016. Those of you who live locally or have regular contact with our area may see people you know… you may even see yourself! I hope you all enjoyed the Independence Day holiday wherever you live in the USA. 


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(RichFlansburg Photographs) Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:36:00 GMT
Getting out It has been a while since I have written anything here.  Busy-ness with our new grandson and the arrival of Spring are my excuses, as lame as they may seem (well not our new grandson.)  Anyway, it is time I got down to work on this photography avocation by putting some of the images I have tucked away on the computer out for people to see, hopefully like and maybe even buy a print.  Really, if you just like the image, that's good enough for me.  

I read the other day that one of the best ways to improve is to go out and shoot places and things that you know very well, which makes all the sense in the world.  To do that means I have to get get my camera and my butt out the door to start seeing and shooting.  So, I'm thinking about shooting around Glen Ellyn, IL where I've lived most of my life since 1960 and in Chicago, I've lived within 25 miles or so of Chicago all of my life.  After all, I can walk to Glen Ellyn and I can catch the train to Chicago by walking less than half a mile!  Pretty simple, eh?  

So, for now I will post some of my existing images and the new images of Glen Ellyn and Chicago will be coming soon.  

One more thing, I was talking with Jessica, owner of Renaissance Art Studio in Glen Ellyn (, yesterday and I decided to offer $50 off each of the prints of mine that she has in her stock.  The offer is available this coming Friday evening through this coming Saturday (April 27-28, 2012) at Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL  60137.

Photographed: May 2011

(RichFlansburg Photographs) Chicago Renaissance Art Studio Willis Tower black and white reflection Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:11:58 GMT
Farnsworth House  



The Farnsworth House is at once petite and strong.  It is transparent yet cozy.  It is surrounded by nature and at one with the site. It is private, even in its openness. It exudes the tranquility of the outside… inside!  Outside is inside and inside is outside.  All the while, its lightness allows the house to hover over the ground.  While building the house became a struggle for both the owner and the architect, it fulfills everything one could want in a personal retreat.  

The Farnsworth House is one of the most significant of Mies van der Rohe’s works.  Since its completion in 1951, the house has been meticulously maintained and restored.  Originally conceived as a country retreat for client Dr. Edith Farnsworth of Chicago, the house sits facing the Fox River in rural Plano, Illinois USA.  The design of the house represents the ultimate refinement of Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist expression of structure and space.

Prints of the Farnsworth House images are available for purchase at the Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL  60137.  You can find other information on "Renaissance" at

Photographed: October 2009



(RichFlansburg Photographs) Farnsworth House Mies van der Rohe Plano, Illinois architecture glass house midwest Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:36:05 GMT
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve " The greatest meeting of land and water in the world."  That was famed landscape artist Francis McComas' bold but justified claim for Point Lobos.

Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the (California) State Park System."

In a 2009 article for the New York Times Travel Section, reporter Richard B. Woodward wrote:

" In 1948 Edward (Weston) made his last photographs of Point Lobos, many of them studies of cracked, grey stone blocks...

On my last day I went there at sunset.  More than a dozen photographers, young and old, with tripods and without, were hopping across wet boulders, training their cameras on tide pools and crashing waves.

It is impossible and therefore pointless, I thought, for anyone to believe that this place can still be captured... Then the wind picked up on the ocean and the light degraded another shade, and the inconstancy of the scene brought my dull senses to attention... My condescension faded.  Point Lobos only appears more stable and timeless than New York City.  Nature changes every minute and there's nothing wrong with trying to see it anew every day."

The images in this portfolio were created in March 2010 and 2011.  Point Lobos is located  three miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and it is a wonderful place to enjoy, whether you are a photographer or not.  I find it extremely inspirational to be at Point Lobos with my camera and walking in the footsteps of Edward Weston, his sons and even Ansel Adams.  We are lucky to regularly visit friends with a home near Point Lobos which allows us to spend time there often.  

One more thing.  Prints of the Point Lobos images are available for purchase at The Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.  You can find other information on "Renaissance" at  
Thanks for checking in.
(RichFlansburg Photographs) California Carmel Landscape Ocean Point Lobos coastline Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:21:52 GMT
Finally... Finally I have created a web site for my photographs.  It has been a long time coming.  So, I think it is fitting that the first mini-portfolio on the site be images taken in my favorite city, Paris.  These images were taken in November 2012 when Ann and I visited Paris for a week.

The concept for the portfolio is that since the Eiffel Tower is such an icon, it is recognizable even if only small portions or details of it are shown.  There are just so many ways to "see" the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  From a high vantage point it sticks up above every building around it, like a queen on a chessboard of pawns.  It is regal in spite of industrial design and materials.  

Then as you approach the tower on foot, it appears and disappears behind the streetscape.  The question, "How can something so large disappear?"  But then you turn a corner and there is a part of it, one of the legs, looming and very large.  I suppose, it's like seeing part of an elephant in the jungle, you know it's big but you didn't know it is THAT big! 

Close up, you begin to see the Eiffel Tower for what it is, an industrial-age sculpture, a lacework of girders, nuts and bolts, and decorative ironwork with triangles and arches for strength.  It is one big Erector set project.  I don't think that anyone can help but be impressed by it.  

Paris is a wonderful city with so much to see and do but if you have time for just one thing, visit the Eiffel Tower.  You will not be disappointed and you will return to your home with a memory of one of the world's great icons.

One more thing.  Prints of the Eiffel Tower images are available for purchase at The Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.  You can find other information on "Renaissance" at  

Thanks for checking in.


(RichFlansburg Photographs) Eiffel Tower Paris Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:59:05 GMT