About Cardell Phillips Photography


I was exposed to photography by my uncle, Maurice, who was an avid photographer. Once, after I pestered him all afternoon, he let me take a photo with his brand new polaroid camera. I took it and marvelled at the feeling that I was in control and could photograph whatever I wanted however I wanted. I aimed the camera at some family members, pressed the shutter release and heard a click. A moment later, the camera made a whirling sound and spit out the photo and...it looked pretty good!

After that I was hooked.

I bought my first camera, an Olympus Trip 35, soon after I got my first job in high school and started taking photos of my classmates. I've been taking photographs ever since.

I liked nature so I set out to be a nature photographer and started taking photographs in the city parks. When I thought I was ready, I took a workshop in the Canadian Rockies. After I leanred the basics I visited a few other famous wilderness areas. I had a few showings and sold a some photographs. But after awhile, I felt that I had to live near a wilderness area and get to know it in intimately in order to say something unique. I live in Chicago, which has some nice beaches but that's about it.

And so I let the dream die and hung up my camera.

A few years later, I dusted off my camera and started taking photographs of beach landscapes. And that led me to taking photographs of the people on the beach and that led me to street photography.

I enjoy street photography because you learn how to see everyday wonders and it gives you a voice to tell stories. Stories that need to be told. And it's also a great way to get out of the house.

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