Tour at UI Labs

Behind-the-scenes tour at UI Labs in Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Playing around with a virtual reality workspace during a behind-the-scenes tour at UI Labs in Chicago.

Earlier this year I worked with Formlabs as they hosted an event at UI Labs here in Chicago. It was a fun event broken into multiple parts, but I especially loved the behind-the-scenes tour that offered a glimpse into the digital manufacturing process.

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Spectacular Event at Carnivale

Spectacle event at Carnivale in Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Body painted models during a spectacular event at Carnivale.

This year has been fairly crazy, but this event takes the cake. I knew there was going to be a fire performance, but the rest of the details were kept a bit confidential. When I walked in, I was greeted with a variety of performances and displays — and an overall fun evening. Here’s a few photos that represent something a little different than what I usually photograph at events.

Spectacle event at Carnivale in Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

A fire performer poses for the camera outside Carnivale in Chicago.

Spectacle event at Carnivale in Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

An acrobat hangs from the ceiling.

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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