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Dylan Vitone's massive 360 degree panoramas were the talk of the David Weinberg Gallery's opening in Chicago the other night, for good reason. The photos were so filled with life. I find some portrait photography to be forced and sometimes even exploitative, but Vitone's panoramas are so populated by beautiful people and the vibrant city itself that everyone was just walking around smiling. Most of the photos in the show were taken in Pittsburgh (one of my favorite American cities) and this one, in particular, made me want to try out the panorama effect in my dad's auto body shop (just for fun). Vitone's panoramas take hours to compose and sometimes contain the same subject more than once, even though they look like a 360 degree moment in time.

The show was really nice. I was the youngest and least-experienced of the three guys whose work was displayed. Jay Wolke's 1980s shots of life along the Dan Ryan expressway in Chicago , of course, were huge and beautiful and inspiring as well.

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