​​​​​​​​​​​​A SPECIALIST IN URBAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

​​​MY PROFILE:

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​My name is Alton Parker, I'm a life-long Chicagoan born and raised. I'm also a professional

photographer and owner of Alton Parker Photography based here in the Windy City. 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 urban

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 instamatic camera. The rest was history. 

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, these strong-willed forms of determination and 
tenacity are traits that have benefited me time and time
again of capturing 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 timereputation 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 cityand 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 renewal.

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 Field and Guaranteed Rate Field (Comisky 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 every part of town,

from coast-to coast, and every corner across the globe. Chicago's diversity reflects the strong faceted

roots from which this great city evolved and I'm thankful

to have benefited greatly from the many people who have

taken great interest in what I've 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 and hard work has brought me this far. I'm

very fortunate to have procured several pieces of my art long

before the thought of e-commerce ever crossed my mind, but like any other business (big and small),

there's still room for improvement. More work is needed to develop and optimize better marketing strategies to remain competitive, but 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 upperleft-hand side of the page and submit your thoughts and/or lines of suggestions to me and 

I will promptly respond back as soon as possible. For those of you who are interested in obtaining

professional photo prints for yourhome 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 for your support, your business, and thank you for visiting. :-) 

ALTON PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY - CHICAGO (2019) 

​​​​​ALTON PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY - CHICAGO