We spent a weekend in Chicago and wanted to see the Pilsen neighborhood -- originally settled by Czech immigrants and now home to a large Hispanic community. We have interests in both cultures.
We were walking down 18th Street and came upon this scene -- at first glance, it appeared an Indy Car racer had been parked while the driver ran into a shop.
Of course, the car had come in a trailer and was on the street as publicity for a book signing by driver Milka Duno. Ms. Duno was congenial and witty, signing copies of a bilingual children's book called "Go, Milka, Go" that encourages young people (and girls particularly) to pursue higher education. (Milka has earned four masters degrees!)
Technically, this shot was a lesson in trying to see what was in the viewfinder, as the car was surrounded by orange cones and the trailer was parked nearby. The crew allowed very close access to the car, but asked "Just please don't touch it; this is the one we race." The IndyCar series had been racing in nearby Joliet, Illinois the day before.
I also got a lesson that weekend about a Jewish superstition surrounding the number 18. (Ms. Duno is the daughter of Czech Jews from Venezuela.) The Hebrew word "CHAI" ("life") is written with two characters, het and yud. The numerical values of these letters add up to 18. Read more here.
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Noel_Byrne (24315) 2013-06-27 5:11
I can see the conversation now. we need milk, but the cars in the shop. No problem, I'll just take the Indycar, I'm sure it wont draw much attention :)
Not the average car to see parked on the street, but great that they let you get so close, especially as its the race car. I know these cars cost a little more than the average 11 year old Hyundai, so nice that they are trusting. Great to capture so much detail like this while excluding all the other items you mentioned.
macjake (56632) 2013-06-29 20:37
what a fantastic post for TE!!
really eye catching indeed.
I think i would have flipped if i saw this Indy Car on the curbside walking the streets!
Oh what I'd do to get a photo like this, and so close up too. Must have been hard with all the cones and other subjects getting in your way.
but i love it
Funny comments by Noel too :)
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1924)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-29
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10
- Exposure: f/5.2, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-26 14:31