Zeca Bettax, 15 March 2011


Like any major city, Chicago has a number of historic landmarks…and quite a few rather unsavory places. This place is…not one of the former.

ZecaBettax CHI ChateauHotel01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

There’s nothing architecturally significant about the building, and really, the only reason I photographed it at all is because of the old-fashioned sign hanging above the entrance – I can’t think of any other redeeming qualities to the place, I tend to be able to find beauty even in ugliness (subjectively, of course). I don’t have any firsthand knowledge of the establishment, though it doesn’t look like anything I’d ever want to visit – apparently, lots of folks agree. No, really…Google the place. The general opinion is that it’s a hellhole (or worse). I won’t go into graphic detail, but the words “3 Bodies Found” and “Stay away from Chateau Hotel” show up near the top of the results. I’m gonna agree with the whole “stay away unless you’re…” no, wait. Scratch that…don’t go there at all. I suspect you’d be safer at a homeless shelter…especially if said shelter is run by a church or by the City.

As for the photo itself…well. The black and white does seem to lend a somber note to the image, doesn’t it? It doesn’t help that I captured this photograph on an overcast day…so the light was dull and flat, too. I recovered the contrast in post-processing, but that doesn’t change the fact that the light isn’t anywhere near as vibrant as it would’ve been on a sunny day. Not that that would’ve helped the subject much, IMHO.

Enjoy (if you can).


One Response to “Zeca Bettax, 15 March 2011”

  1. […] I don’t want to leave y’all on that rather depressing note from my previous post, here’s another photo from an entirely different camera (more on that in a […]

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