• Original illustration of a chickadee bird holding a twig of red berries by Chicago artist Tracey Capone.

    Life of an Artist | Pause and Redirect

      “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso I have been avoiding this blog like the Plague because I wasn’t happy with the direction it was going in. I didn’t want it to be just another photography blog where I throw a bunch of my photographs out there, tell you the motivation behind them and then move on to the next post. While there is nothing wrong with that, there are so many photography blogs out there already and, honestly, my interests and passions as an artist go well beyond photography. Recently, I rebranded from Tracey…

  • Macro photograph of an orange ranunculus on a black background by Tracey Capone

    botanical portrait series: orange ranunculus

    Some time last winter, I realized that I hadn’t been out shooting in months. For any number of reasons, I hadn’t even picked up my camera in months. I’m a photographer, isn’t that against the law or something? At the time, we were in a deep freeze here in Chicago so I didn’t relish the idea of shooting outside. Instead, I opted to go the Lightbox route and bring Spring to our home early by doing a series of macro photographs of flowers. It would give me the opportunity to keep my skills up without having to brave the elements. And so, the Botanical Portrait Series was born.   I…

  • Photograph of a CTA train passing through the Wabash Arts Corridor in the South Loop

    photo of the week: “in search of squirrel”

    My obsession with pops of color and CTA trains is evident in most of my Chicago train imagery; give me a pop of teal blue and I’m over the moon. Add in the unexpected twist of a moose in the middle of this crazy town and, well, I can’t resist. My photo of the week, “In Search of Squirrel,” is also one of my favorites. Shot in the South Loop of Chicago, in the Wabash Arts Corridor, this was a delightful photograph to shoot. I was immediately struck by the geometric patterns created by the different buildings; Chicago’s architecture fascinates me in that way. You can have four completely diffrent…

  • hello there!

    Welcome to my brand new blog! A little about me, Tracey Capone, the artist and photographer behind the blog.