ALTON PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY - CHICAGO
A SPECIALIST IN URBAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
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
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.
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 capturing of those "decisive moments"over the
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 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 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 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 each side of town, and every corner
across the globe! Chicago's diversity in culture, both in
terms of ethnicity and 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'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, 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 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 for your support, your business, and thank you for visiting. :-)
ALTON PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY - CHICAGO (2018)