Kevin Shick

Shick

We can all relate to the daily commute as a transition from our personal lives to our working lives and back. Each of us has, by nature or habit, a unique approach to life that is revealed in the unguarded moments during this transition. 

This series depicts the daily lives of commuters on the Rock Island train line in Chicago, just minutes from their arrival at the terminal. This train passes by my house every day, and for years I attempted to ignore it, but one day I found myself fascinated by the morning light on the passengers’ faces. I started photographing the riders, taking pictures almost every day for several months.

I discovered that many riders stood in the same place every day, doing the same thing, often wearing similar clothes and expressions. Others, whether they were happy, pensive, worried, or self-distracted with a smartphone, seemed to have their actions and outlooks determined less as the result less of conscious choice than as the result of unconscious habit or unknown personal experiences.

These portraits show true identities, as opposed to the public mask we often wear. I see these pictures as windows into each rider’s personal outlook and the experiences that may have created it. 

 

A lifelong Chicagoan, Kevin Shick has been photographing for over 40 years.  His work explores themes of personal discovery and the current state of the human condition by observing, isolating and elevating quotidian aspects of everyday life.

Mostly self-taught, he started in photography by helping his father light, develop and print family portraits in a wet darkroom, and later accompanied his intrepid photographer aunt during her treks of the Sierras.  Since then he has explored the urban landscape, seeking situations where light and moment come together to reveal insights about human nature.

Kevin has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Following a career in technology and consulting, he now pursues a photographic life. 

His work was recently featured in Chicago Magazine.

Images are available as 20 x 20" or 20 x 45" pigment prints made in editions of 9 . Pieces range in price from $900 to $1400, depending on size and availability.

Images in the grids are also available individually as 20 x 20" pigment prints made in an edition of 9 for $900.

 

 

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Kevin Shick
Afro, 2013
Kevin Shick
Blackhawks, 2013
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Blue Nails, 2013
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Coffee, 2013
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Conductors, 2013
Kevin Shick
Crossword, 2013
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Direct, 2013
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Down #1, 2013
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Down #2, 2013
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Down #3, 2013
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Down #4, 2013
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iPeople , 2013
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laughing, 2013
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Purple Turquoise Red , 2013
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Reading, 2013
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Talking, 2013