Tag Archives: Roger Chavez

Body Snatchers

Hello old friends,

It’s amazing how time can just slip through your fingers if you turn your back on it. I have been so consumed with school and preparing for my show, yes I said show, I have been putting my blog by the wayside.

My show is next month in Wicker Park, May 12th to be exact. Some really talented artists ¬†and myself are coming together to share how we all see the human form. although I am the only photographer present, all the work being presented is worth seeing. I currently working with Salt Prints, which is one of the oldest photographic processes around. It goes back farther than wet plate. It is truly a joy to work in a darkroom again, it is something I had no idea that I missed so much, until we became reacquainted. I plan to continue making salt prints for sometime, I really enjoy this process. Reconnecting with the fine art side of photography has allowed my documentary work to breathe a little. It’s like beginning to see what wasn’t there before once you look away for five minutes. Everything seems new and fresh, like getting back to blogging…

I hope to see all of you at my show!

Poster design by Roger Chavez and Courtney Penzato

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Good Music Good Friends

I’m not going to write much today. The photographs kinda speak for themselves. Three words come to my mind when I think of good music and good friends, On Your Marx. Well, that is not entirely true, I could think of many different things, but today, that’s it. It is always a treat to make it out and catch this band live, I often can’t make it because Roger and I both work at the same restaurant, an finding two shifts to cover is a pain on the ass, not to mention that taking two Friday night off a month is like kissing three or four hundred dollars goodbye. That’s asking quite a lot off pocket book.

However, the warm welcomes I receive on the rare nights I do make it to a show, are always pleasant.

Time to plug it.

On Your Marx is a ska, reggae, and dub band from Chicago. They possess a unique sound like no other ska or reggae band out there; that I have heard anyway. And I am a hard ear to please when it comes to that because, most reggae bands sound the same to me. But this band, with their two female vocals, four piece horn section, guitar, keys, bass, drums, and occasional flute and melodica, really transcend the boundaries of ska and reggae.

They practice religiously to make certain that they maintain the quality of their sound as well as their relationship to one another as a band.

They make that message known every time they step on stage. This band has talent, and I you haven’t heard the music of On Your Marx, I suggest you start listening.

Their first full length album, Resound, was recorded in Roger’s apartment, however it does not do this band justice in comparison to what they can do live.

So, I invite you to support some good quality local music.

The Lens Baby



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