waiting at 27th and Cal
I spent a good chunk of my afternoon today waiting outside of the Cook County Jail at 27th and California in Chicago.
Waiting along with me was a mix of family and friends anticipating the release of their various loved ones.
I was there to photograph a man, who is one of many intertwined in the scandal-plagued administration of Cook County President Todd Stroger, being released on bond.
The scene at 27th and Cal is a somber one.
A mix of folk milling about or sitting around, some for hours, as the wheels of the department of corrections slowly turn.
I made small talk with almost all of them over the course of the time I spent there. Every conversation started with someone asking me, “Who are you here to photograph?” After my answer came a wave of relief as the person was pleased to hear that I wasn’t there to photograph the one that they were waiting for.
I documented the scene as I waited with the most poignant image being of the Hernandez family as they waited for a male relative to be released.
A bit before 6pm, my guy was released and I got my picture as he sprinted past me and the Hernanadez family.
I headed out with a feeling of sadness as I left the Hernandez’ behind to wait some more.