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Chicago Reflections


I love looking at and capturing reflections on my camera. I see beauty in trees, buildings and animals reflected in lakes, rivers and ponds. It forces to me to slow down, to enjoy the moment and to reflect a bit myself.

Using reflections in photos can alter an image, transforming and making it  richer and more abstract.

But, in an urban setting I sometimes get so immersed in the cacophony of street life, car and bus horns blaring, shop windows crying for a look, street performers, interesting passersby—that I forget to look at the buildings, especially up. Often the reflections are truly artistic and worth remembering.DSC_0447

I could get a little zen and ask: what am I reflecting outwardly—beauty like these glass towers? Do I take what is around me and give back images of interest and pleasure?

Mostly I simply enjoy.


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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Nov 10, 2009 Reply

    You truly have an eye for photography. The top photo is stunning. Of course, you know I love the idea of reflections on glass box buildings… Mostly, the reflection is the only redeeming quality of that architecture. And you have captured a Missoni-like pattern/texture that is visually very interesting. Love the colors too.

  2. posted by
    Nov 10, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful photos, Susan! You truly have an eye! The top one really caught my eye! Great colors.

  3. posted by
    Amanda Hungerford
    Nov 11, 2009 Reply

    I like it!

  4. posted by
    Nov 12, 2009 Reply

    Thank you for your comments and for visiting Design Destinations.

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