Over the years, I've heard certain people in various social forums refer to urban and rural landscape photography as a "quiet" and "contemplative" art. For me, it's a total adrenaline rush! I love challenging the ever-changing sources of natural light while out in the field. Often times I'll find myself shooting in a sort-of mindless state where I focus on the technical perspectives of when I'm shooting rather than what I'm shooting. 

I love to incorporate traditional elements of landscape photography with variations of unique colors and tones

so that they don’t appear as ordinary as other photographer’s

work. Photography is about maintaining levels of 

consistency between light and detail, and while the

technical aspects of shooting are as equally important

to me, those strong-willed forms of determination and

tenacity are traits that have benefited me time and time

again during the capture of those "decisive moments"

over the years.

Recently, I've developed great interests in photographing

our city's neighborhoods and it's people to correlate the

dignity and character of the human spirit of all it's citizens

that is (seemingly) too often ignored. My most-recent

photo shoot of historic Bronzeville on the south side serves

as a reminder that the towering skyscrapers and big businesses

in the Loop are the heart and soul of the city, but never the backbone.

I've also validated the city's long time

reputation of being the "railroad capital of

the world". A most recent shoot of an area

north of Chinatown known as "Conley's

Patch" was no exception. What was once

a bustling railroad yard where tons of

freight and livestock were transported

throughout the city and the rest of the

country many-many decades ago is now

a desolate partial of prime real estate in

much need of major planning and urban


Documenting the city's famous sports landmarks were high priority as well. No other city loves it's sports than Chicago. Photographs taken at both Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Field (Comiskty Park) become perfect color compositions to reflect the spirit of both the Cubs and White Sox in a polarized city that can never see eye-to-eye in the game of baseball. All-in-all, my primary goals as an urban landscape photographer are to promote and inspire the positive sides of city life and to highlight the warmth and feelings of the urban pulse for all to enjoy, in every neighborhood, on each side of town, and every corner across the globe!

Chicago's diversity in culture, both in terms of ethnicity and of artistic aesthetics reflects the strong faceted roots from which this great city evolved. I'm thankful to have benefited greatly from the many people who have taken great interest in what I done over the years.. I'm especially thankful for the technological advances and world wide appeal of the internet to present my photographic work for the whole world to see. 

Patience along with continued practice, hard

work, and determination has brought me this

far. I've been very fortunate to have sold several

pieces of my art over the years and I'm blessed

to have attained the requirements of delivering

great service to those who have interest in my

work. Much more work is needed to remain 

competitive, but always striving for perfection. 

I've always maintained a modest approach with

what I enjoy doing the most, thus I’m a firm

believer of the Christian parable that suggests "To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required".

Your questions, comments, inquiries, and critiques are important to me. Click the "CONTACT" button on the upper right-hand side of the page and submit your thoughts and/or lines of suggestions to me and I will promptly respond back to you as soon as possible. For those of you who are interested in obtaining professional photo prints for your home or office decor, click the "SHOP" button to choose from a variety of prints available online with your choice in various sizes as well. All major credit cards are accepted.

Thank you all for your patience, your support, your business, and thank you for visiting Alton Parker Photo-Chicago.com! :-) 


My name is Alton Parker. I’m a photographer and the proud owner of Alton Parker Photography – Chicago. I’m a life-long Chicagoan born and raised, married of 11 years to my lovely wife Shelencia, and a proud father to my beautiful young daughter Maria. My areas of expertise are in the areas of portraiture and nature , but I'm widely known among my peers for my​ urban landscape photographs. The city of Chicago ​serves as the perfect metropolis for documenting the pulse of Downtown/Urban America that remains a favorite​ source of inspiration for me as a life-long city-dweller. 

Photography has been a staple in my family for

generations and was mostly used to document the

origins and history of my family's roots that dates as

far back as the start of the 20th Century. 

Photography was never recognized (personally) as a

true art until the age of 12 during a family trip to 

New York City. A visit to high atop the Empire State

Building was where I shot my very first urban

landscape picture with my mom's old Kodak

insta-matic camera. The rest was history.