People Spots

PhotographerAngie McMonigal
PrizeFine Art / Abstract
Entry Description

This series explores one of Chicago's new 'People Spots'. These spots are part of a new program called "Make Way For People", with the purpose of transforming part of the city's streets into an urban park. This particular 'People Spot' is particularly fascinating. The architecturally intriguing benches designed by dSPACE Studio deserve a through photographic study. This study falls in line with my overall photographic vision to explore the broader urban landscape by isolating its details, interpreting its architecture and spaces designed by and made for people in a new and unique way, allowing us to see the whole by appreciating its details.

About Photographer

Although I grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin, I was always fascinated by big cities; their towering skyscrapers, constant energy and seemingly endless options had me longing to be a part of that world. Since 2000 I have spent most of my time living in Chicago with my husband raising our two young children and focusing my creative energy on photography. My work has been awarded and exhibited nationally and focuses on exploring the broader urban landscape, its architectural details and how we express ourselves within this landscape. The contrast between these expansive urban scenes and the abstractions achieved by isolating their details is of particular interest to me. It’s a study in various perceptions of common subject matter, a way to see the whole by appreciating its detail, how we reveal a detail of ourselves while moving through these spaces.