Chicago Day 2: Museum Campus & Adler Planetarium

This morning I woke up with a stuffed stomach…gosh, the deep dish pizza is delicious but also addicting. I can’t stop eating them!

It was such a beautiful day to go out (though a little bit windy) and with over three months of freezing cold winter in Columbus, I enjoyed walking around the park so much. I really needed this!

With a warm sunny weather, we decided to go over to Museum Campus and Adler planetarium. I didn’t have any idea how the Museum Campus looks like prior to arrival, so it was quite a surprise to see the area used for sports (like running, biking, jogging and such). I’d imagined that it was built mostly for tourism purpose, especially because you can see the entire downtown buildings from here. But seeing many locals utilizing this space was great to see. It is a place for both the locals and the foreigners.

On top of that, the amount of educational institutions within the area, like the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, and Shedd aquarium, was astonishing. I’m very sure that you will never ever get bored in here. There are so much to see and learn! Ah, I am so jealous.

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Day 7: Los Angeles!

Currently, it is our third day in Los Angeles. But, because of my late update on blog, I will rewind the time to our first day in here. Before I begin, I just wanted to note that I didn’t have a chance to take photographs on that day…What a shame on me. I am disappointed at myself (I even carried my camera around the whole day!). Anyhow, here is how day 7 went.

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After our arrival in Los Angeles, we first went to get TAP card, a handy, convenient card for metro lines (bus and train). If using public transportation here, TAP card is a must! That way, there is no need to pull out $1.75 (which is the fare per ride) from your wallet every time; just ‘tap’ the card to the reader and there you go. Also, there are variations of types available, from 1 day to 7 days, and even to a month. We set to the City Hall of Los Angeles (as indicated by the TAP card website), only to find out that the office was closed during the weekends. It was a let down, but hey, we learned a lesson here. Research public transportation and fare beforehand! As much common it sounds, this is very important (or so I learned).

Later we visited Annenberg Space for Photography. It was absolutely beautiful! Their current exhibition is titled “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Challenge“, which discusses about effects of rising sea level around the world through photography. It included photographs by Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, and Jonas Bendiksen. I wasn’t familiar with any of the photographers in the exhibits, but it didn’t take too long for me to fall in love with them.Their photographs narrate a story by itself, that even without the aid of description, it contains enough information to enfold what it is about.

There was also series of short clips that featured the photographers’ voice and behind the scenes, and that made them my idols in an instant! I especially was struck by Stephen Wilkes’ film. Photography is visual, and in some cases, disturbing content may appear. On the contrary, however, it is the photographer who recreates it into something of a beauty. It is capable of attracting the viewer, and further pulling them into its tangibility. Photography is capable of effecting and causing mental change. If you are around Los Angeles, this needs to be in the to-do-list! It’s also free for admission!

Day 6: Balboa Park

I’m sorry for the late update (again). I’ve been trying to write blog post constantly, but all the walking drains my energy so much! I eat, edit photographs, and can’t resist the urge to go to bed right after that. Yes, yes, I should have worked out during the semester (which I totally procrastinated on). I am so weak now…

Anyhow, today, my buddy and I are in Los Angeles! We used bus from San Diego for 2 hours ride, and additional 1 hour ride to our hostel. A long day traveling, so we only went around one spot today, which is the Annenberg Space of Photography.

But beforehand, let me finish talking about yesterday in San Diego. We went for a long, long walk to Balboa Park. This park is as awesome as the Golden Gate Park, except it excels in education and intellectual interaction. There are so many museums to visit in here; Museum of the Man (which has an interesting exhibition titled “Instruments of Torture”), San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and more. The architecture of these museums are also gorgeous! In many of them, there are intricate floral patterns, and the arches fit perfectly with the sunny days in San Diego. Just the way sun comes in through the opening is beautiful.

Amongst all the museum there were, we decided to stop by Museum of Photographic Arts. Although half of its facility was currently under construction, I enjoyed the exhibition so much. In particular, “New Visions: Art and Invention in the 19th Century” was a great inspiration to me. With the time period in the past, it felt like going back to history of photography class all over again. But, seeing the real prints from the past was so much more different from listening to a lecture. The albumen prints in the exhibition had the sharpest, clearest resolution I ever seen amongst others, that some began to transform into an illustration. The techniques were magnificent (too bad that the clouds did not show up because of collodion), and just imaging how hard it would have been for photographers to take an image out in the wild was amazing.

We spent total of 3 hours in there. Totally worth it though!

Tomorrow will be about Los Angeles.