The meteorologist said to stay inside. The Polar Vortex has come loose from its mooring and slipped into North America bringing with it snow and record low temperatures. -42FÂ will cause frostbite to exposed skin within seconds.Â Most Chicagoans had no choice but to hunker down in their homes â€“ Many with toilets refusing to refill from frozen pipes below. Definitely, stay inside! Â As temperatures plummeted and the snow deepened I defied warnings and went out for a photographic experiment.Â Layered in high performance outerwear and wool I climbed into my car to scour the neighborhoods looking to photograph Chicagoans crazy and bold enough to be on the streets.Â As expected I found plenty. Some working theit jobs or shoveling out stuck cars. One guyâ€™s van had just caught fire and another had ventured out in slippers to feed her pigeonsâ€“a daily ritual. What Iâ€™d not expected was the easy rapport Iâ€™d have with them all. Â The thing about extreme events is that it unites us. When we all experience the same unpleasant thing, empathy towards our fellow person develops. I believe that itâ€™s a human survival instinct – or just misery loves company. So a quick introduction was enough to get them on board. Slipping my business card into their mits, I expressed my gratitude and slid away. Â These are a selection of portraits from 4 days in the Polar Vortex during the first week of January 2014.
See full post here: by Saverio Truglia2014-01-10.