Sierra Club Beach Cleanup

Sierra Club beach cleanup at Montrose Beach in Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

A volunteer catalogs trash they collected during the Sierra Club beach cleanup at Montrose Beach in Chicago on September 15th, 2018. The event was part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program, which held similar events at beaches along the Great Lakes.

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Alderman James Cappleman, of the 46th Ward, addresses a group of volunteers during the Sierra Club beach cleanup at Montrose Beach.

On September 15th, I volunteered my photography services to the Chicago Chapter of the Sierra Club, to help document the cleanup effort and raise more awareness about trash and plastic pollution in our environment. In total, over 200 volunteers came out to help, with an estimated 300 pounds of garbage being removed from Montrose Beach.

Earlier this year I started documenting and picking up trash at Kathy Osterman Beach, which is two blocks from my house. If you haven’t seen or read through that piece yet, you can learn more here. I’ve also revamped my Flickr profile, and I’ve started posting art and trash photography from Osterman Beach and throughout the Edgewater neighborhood — it’s organized to be a more cohesive gallery. And lastly, if you want to see more beach and trash photography, you can follow my personal Instagram account.

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These are microplastics — small bits of plastic that are hard to see and hard to remove from the environment.

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EdgeFest 2018

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

The crowd, and one very excited individual, having fun during a performance at EdgeFest 2018, in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Guitarist from Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press (left) and the Chicago Spirit Brigade (right).

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Meet-n-greet before the pet parade!

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Even superheroes need to take a break when it’s too hot out.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

How adorable are these two?

This summer I had a lot of fun capturing EdgeFest 2018 for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Chamber, and a resident of the neighborhood, it was great to meet some of my fellow business owners and neighbors while I worked.

This was the first time I’ve photographed a street festival in its entirety. I’ve photographed a number of festivals for vendors and sponsors, but never the entire festival. What I love the most about festivals is the combination of my performing arts and event photography background, and being able to interact and work in a variety of ways.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Concentrating during the Livewire performance.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

ABBA Salute — the “most accurate tribute band on the planet.”

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Samir Alomar performing during EdgeFest 2018.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

The Hair Band Night.

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Family fun, and fun for everyone.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Mark Towns of Edgewater Candles.

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Ade OrĂ­ Closet — with more styles on Instagram

EdgeFest 2018 by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Matthew Runfola, of Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, demonstrates metalworking techniques at EdgeFest 2018.

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Second City Outlaws wrap up one of their performances during EdgeFest 2018.

Full Moon Jam 2018

Chicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael Courier

I’m not sure I would recommend doing this, but it does make for a pretty cool photo.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a Full Moon Jam, so last night I went out and captured some of the performances. The fire breathers are always my favorites, but the whole event is a joy to see.

Check out their website for more info, and there is another performance next month!

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