206 amazing Chicago images from 27 emerging photographers, reproduced on museum quality uncoated paper, hardbound.
Mike Poggioli’s interest in photography began at age 10 when his parents bought him a cheap camera. However, he didn’t see it as a serious creative outlet until he moved to Chicago in 2015 and became enamored with the beauty and stature of the city’s architecture and cityscape. He was particularly drawn to the L trains, experiencing every ride through The Loop, Chicago’s downtown center, as a complimentary architecture tour. Fascinated by the movement, structures, and skyline of his new city, he was inspired to explore and capture the vibrant scenes and unique moments he encountered.
For his photography, Mike still likes to use his first Canon Rebel XSi as well as his iPhone. Given its size and weight, he finds it’s often easier to use his iPhone to shoot more authentic street moments, as he is able to get closer to people without being noticed. He likes to experiment with color, giving his photos pops of orange and dark blues, and is always looking for new ways to play with leading lines, harsh light and shadows, and depth in his compositions.
“My most memorable Chicago experience was summer 2015 when I took the famed Chicago architecture river cruise and met so many of the artists I admire. It was surreal to put faces to the names I looked to for inspiration, and even more surreal to realize that they were so open and willing to get to know me.”
Mike’s work has been published in Trope Chicago, the first in the Trope City Editions series, a collection of urban and architectural photography books of cities around the world by today’s emerging photographers.
Camera Clique: An immersive all-angles exploration of Chicago by Stephen Ostrowski
MIKE POGGIOLI ~ Born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. Die-hard Mets fan. Oldest of five siblings. Graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in Psychology. Lived in Chicago for three years teaching 1st grade with Teach for America. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015 to start a Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.