Friday, June 27, 2014

Joseph Sterling--Dive Right In

Foster Ave Beach, 1968, Chicago. Lee Balterman. CALUMET 412

Age of Adolescence, 1959-64, Chicago. Joseph Sterling

Age of Adolescence, 1959-64, Chicago. Joseph Sterling

Age of Adolescence, 1959-64, Chicago. Joseph Sterling

Morse Ave Beach, 1929, Chicago. CALUMET 412

Oak Street Beach, 1950, Chicago. CALUMET 412
Through looking at these photos--way too much time spent at the photoblog Calumet 412--I've now been turned onto Joseph Sterling. Who is this guy?

his pictures capture an era of James Dean wannabes, greasers, Bobby sockers, 1950s youth, the TEENAGER. Many of his photos have been collected into a book, The Age of Adolescence. Many of the photos are on display at the Stephen Daiter Gallery | 230 W. Superior, Fourth FLoor | Chicago IL 60654.

Apparently Mr. Sterling went into commercial photography after getting his masters at the Art Institute of Chicago. He died in 2010 in Libertyville, IL. This from the Sun-Times obituary:
Many of the photos were snapped at the beach, and they have a tactile quality that makes the viewer feel sand on skin. "He loved the beach because people were relaxed there, and you could mingle, and you could get all kinds of angles and emotions," Berlanga said.

I would love to learn more about Sterling--there isn't even a wiki entry about him!

Anyway, enjoy the summer, the fireworks, the gritty hot sand, the beautiful girls, the boys in their suits, the feverish humidity and sex in the air. Sterling's beach pictures are ripe with all these crazy feelings. That feeling of now is all we have.

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