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Mary Stengel Bentley Art Opening

Opening Night Event for Mary Stengel Bentley and her series Downtown Drawings at Morgan's on Fulton in Chicago - Event photography by Michael Courier

An opening-night guest looks at the detail in a piece by Mary Stengel Bentley.

Here are a few images from art opening celebrating the work of Mary Stengel Bentley and her Downtown Drawings. The event took place at the Morgan’s on Fulton gallery space.

Opening Night Event for Mary Stengel Bentley and her series Downtown Drawings at Morgan's on Fulton in Chicago - Event photography by Michael Courier

You can view a video of her process on her website.

Opening Night Event for Mary Stengel Bentley and her series Downtown Drawings at Morgan's on Fulton in Chicago - Event photography by Michael CourierOpening Night Event for Mary Stengel Bentley and her series Downtown Drawings at Morgan's on Fulton in Chicago - Event photography by Michael Courier

Chicago Fire Starter

Mark the Fire Performer in Chicago - Portrait Photography by Michael CourierMark the Fire Performer in Chicago - Portrait Photography by Michael Courier

Mark doing a jump-kick.

This is Mark. He’s recently started performing with fire and wanted to have a few photos taken of him with his art.

Fire, on a Chicago rooftop, in the summer. How could I say no? It was a lot of fun and I forgot how much I enjoy the Chicago Full Moon Jam. If you’re interested in seeing Mark, or other fire performers, head near Foster Beach at sunset this Thursday. If you’ve never been before, you’re missing out!

Skyline view of Chicago at Sunset - Landscape Photography by Michael Courier

Symphony Center with MCP

Symphony Center in Chicago with Manhattan Concert Productions - Performance Photography by Michael Courier

Jubilate Deo by Manhattan Concert Productions performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago.

So far this year, work has been steady—with a variety of awesome projects and beautiful venues. I’ve been busier than anticipated, which means I’ve not been posting my recent work as often as I should.

Earlier this month I photographed my first symphony. I’ve photographed a lot of classical theater and sketch comedy, but this was something special. I was hired by Manhattan Concert Productions to photograph their performance at the Symphony Center. The architecture of the venue is absolutely beautiful and was designed by the famous architect Daniel Burnham.

I’m looking forward to going back and watching a performance, and enjoying the environment without the pressures of work.