“All photography is political” and it definitely is with this one. The building behind is at the site of the former Sun-Times building in Chicago. The name plate deserves a middle finger salute. I used the pictorialist lens to throw the background entirely out of focus, making the blight a bit more tolerable with the first letter further obscured.
The lens is a Cooke Rapid View from the 1880s, taken with the Gibelline ACN45 4×5 camera on HP5+ film. I love the rendering of this lens.
Here’s a shot of the bridge with the same lens. A slight swing to get both bridge signs in focus.