Change the Way You Look at Things

Milky Way Arch (a composite by Harry H. Hitzeman Jr., created from free images found on

“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”

Michael Michalko

In my last post, I ruminated on how my history of shooting photographs in which I was limited by striving to eliminate “hand of man” may have hampered my creativity.  I was going to go back over my images and see what I could find that did have hand of man that I would be excited to show you. These images are primarily photographs of cityscapes, and can be seen in my flickr album of Chicago.  I have also enjoyed photographing architectural interiors, such as the Milwaukee Art Museum ( The Calatrava ), the Chicago Cultural Center, and a few churches, namely the Church of the Transfiguration, St.Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, IL, and St. Volodymyr and Olha Church in Chicago, IL.

Another area of creativity, involving photography and some proficiency in using editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, is the creation of composites.  I had been noticing online several photos of the Milky Way, with some artificially lit geological formations in the earth portion of the photo. I wanted to see bigger arches, more well-lit, and a centering of the Milky Way through the arch.  I realized this could be achieved by a composite of a Milky Way photo and an arch photo. The “Milky Way Arch” was born!

My thanks go to the photographers Tom Gainor and David Becker for donating their images to

And deep thanks to my imagination for helping me change the way I look at things! πŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “Change the Way You Look at Things

  1. I took one of your photo classes years ago at the Naperville Riverwalk and enjoy your work. My favorites are 13, 16 27 & 28. Hope to be at the Arboretum the 14th. Much good luck!
    Norine DeSilva


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