Equally Photographic: A Weekend of Shows

Altar of Plagues | Performing at Ultralounge | Chicago, IL | 2012

   I was lucky enough to see a few great acts perform over the weekend, which was already a busy one. On Friday night Altar of Plagues opened up for Chicago hometown heros The Atlas Moth at the Ultralounge. A tiny little club just north of The Congress Theater on Milwaukee, it provided the perfect atmosphere for a doom metal show. It was a wonderful night, one that Altar of Plagues came off as nothing short of devastating.


DJ LA*JESUS | Performing at Cobra Lounge | Chicago, IL | 2012

   The next evening we went out and were graced with DJ LA*JESUS and one-of-a-kind Dan Deacon. It was only a DJ show for Dan, goofing off with classic hip-hop, and off-putting rants against the establishment. That's right, fuck the man! DJ LA*JESUS was an silly-fun set, and much ass-shaking was enjoyed by all.


Dan Deacon | DJ Set at the Cobra Lounge | Chicago, IL | 2012

Equally Updated: Two New Projects On the Rise - 'Kindling: A Survey of the American West' and 'Heart of Chicago'

   Equally Empty Expeditions R E P O R T S

There's a lot of exciting things happening here at equally empty. First off, we'll be changing platforms in the next week. Squarespace has completely overhauled the way they do business, which is good for you, my reader, because it will enable features on our end to more practically handle issues as widespread and as simple as better incorporating Read More... elements, styling and organizing of photographs and their galleries, and adding Facebook 'Like" and Google '+1' elements. While we are very excited about these developments it also means added and unexpected work on this end. So, if things slow down a moment - no fear - we are just mired in migrating our system to a new platform.

   That said, we will be having a Report on the Dan Deacon concert this Saturday at The Cobra Lounge in Chicago. He's one of our favorite artists, and it is going to be a really fun evening. If you'd like to join the fun, follow the above link and get ya self a ticket.

Upcoming Projects:

   I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce two upcoming projects - one just beginning, the other blossoming - that you'll begin to see more of in both gallery shows and photo zines. The first I'd like to introduce has been mentioned in this blog before. Our first Equally Empty Expedition, Felissia and I have returned from our explorations and have been hard at work synthesizing our collections. You'll be regularly seeing updates on Kindling: A Survey of the American West as we progress. The following photographs are a mere glimpse into the breadth of culture and geography studied by the team. All photographs are by m.e.s. (Michael Egon Schiele).

St. Croix River | Afton State Park, MN | 2012


McCleod, ND | Federal Grasslands | 2012


Black Rock Desert, NV | 2012


Bison | Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND | 2012


Pretty cool, huh? I'd also like to present the beginnings of a project about the community in Chicago I live, Pilsen. The working title for the project is 'Heart of Chicago' for the name of a small geographical section of the neighborhood. Both 'Heart of Chicago' and 'Kindling: A Survey of the American West' are planned to be published as small artbooks and hopefully accompanied by gallery shows. You will most definitely be updated. Thanks for looking!


Freight | 13th & Damen | Chicago, IL | 2012


Under Highway - 55 | Chicago, IL | 2012


Tracks | Chicago, IL | 2012


Chicago, IL | 2012


View from Highway 55 & Damen | Chicago, IL | 2012

Photographs: Chiditarod 2012

Chiditarod. 'What is it?' you say. Well, it's an epic food drive, but also a monumental bar crawl. Part huskie dog sled race, part grocery cart costuming competition. In short, it's awesome.

This year the race raised 25,000 lbs of food for The Chicago Greater Food Depository and tens of thousands of dollars. I dare say, all who participated had a good time. Cheers.

Check out the slides below or head over to the gallery and see the images in all of their uncropped glory!