Bennison’s Bakery on Maple Avenue and Davis Street, at sunset and ready for Passover and Easter. (Photo by Joerg Metzner) Credit: Joerg Metzner
Joerg Metzner is a photographer and graphic designer from Germany who has been calling Evanston home since 1993.
In 2018, Metzner started the Picturing Evanston project to celebrate his community by documenting artists, makers, entrepreneurs, organizers and the natural and built environments that make Evanston, Evanston.
Photographer Joerg Metzner
Metzner was previously a member of the board at Perspective Fine Art Photography Gallery. His work is narrative by nature, encompasses environmental portraits, landscape, documentary, editorial and fine art photography.
Don’t even think about it, an exhibition of his work, has begun at Evanston Pour, 528 Dempster St., and is on display through March 10.
For over a year now – since Jan. 24, 2022 – Metzner has been sharing his Picturing Evanston photographs, usually three photos a week, with RoundTable readers through the website and the email newsletter.
To mark the one-year milestone of that collaboration, below are the 167 Picturing Evanston images the RoundTable has posted. To view even more of Metzner’s work, visit his websites for
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Click on the right arrow, or swipe right on mobile, to view a year of images. Lighthouse Beach, near Sheridan Road and Central Street, after Sunday’s winter storm. Credit: Joerg Metzner Winter sun warming the display window at Sew on Central. Credit: Joerg Metzner Picture perfect snowfall on Dewey Avenue south of Oakton Street. The photo was taken from Joerg Metzner’s bedroom window. “With the shades pulled back the window always seems more like a movie screen,” he said. Credit: Joerg Metzner Every day is a beach day! Dempster Beach on the afternoon of Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Credit: Joerg Metzner Snow blowing on Dewey Avenue and Greenleaf Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner The “Inclusiva” sculpture by Blessing Hancock illuminates the entrance at the Robert Crown Community Center on Main Street near Dodge Avenue. The photo was made with an in-camera double exposure. Credit: Joerg Metzner The debris field covering Mount Trashmore in James Park, south of Oakton Street. City law prohibits sledding down the 65-foot hill. Credit: Joerg Metzner The setting sun behind University Hall on Northwestern’s campus. Credit: Joerg Metzner The lakefill on Northwestern’s campus with a nod to Magritte. Credit: Joerg Metzner The light on the lakefront’s Church Street Power Boat Ramp all caked in ice and battered by waves. Credit: Joerg Metzner Walkway lights on Northwestern’s campus at sunset. Credit: Joerg Metzner Eli Peer Oriental Rugs store window framed by a tree shadow on Grove Street and Chicago Ave. Credit: Joerg Metzner Last light of the day at Calvary Cemetery on Evanston’s southern edge, just south of South Boulevard and Judson Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner It’s summer in winter, on the mural at Great Harvest Bread Company on Hartrey Avenue and Central Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner The unique window decoration at the Main Street Post Office, on Main Street and Custer Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Double doors on Main Street, just east of Elmwood Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Looking between two buildings. Blue sky and a back alley on Orrington Avenue north of Grove Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner “Ciao bella.” Saturday’s hint of spring seems like a distant memory. In front of The Mexican Shop on Dempster Street and Sherman Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner A look at the Main Street CTA station on Chicago Avenue through multiple exposures. Credit: Joerg Metzner Archway at the Lake Street Church on Chicago Avenue and Lake Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Sunset at South Boulevard Beach. Credit: Joerg Metzner The old Marshall Field’s clock on Sherman Avenue and Church Street reminds us that it is time to spring one hour forward. Credit: Joerg Metzner A colorful city within the city at E2 Apartments, 1890 Maple Avenue. This hidden treasure is visible from the alley behind the building. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Alice K. Berg Memorial Shelter on Central Street and Hartrey Avenue begs the question “Who was Alice Kimpton Berg? Credit: Joerg Metzner Mask blowing in the breeze at Wesley Avenue and Lake Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Free chairs and stuff at Florence Avenue and Greenleaf Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Chicago artist Ryan Tova Katz’s Purple Hearts Mural from underneath the el tracks on Foster Street east of Maple Avenue. Katz has completed murals in three states and nine countries. “You can beautify a city with large-scale art,” she said. “It takes me four days to do a mural this size and it’s up for 20 years.” The mural was originally designed with red hearts, but Katz changed them to purple to honor Northwestern University. Credit: Joerg Metzner Light and shadow at Byline Bank on Church Street and Benson Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner “Lost and found” underneath the Metra viaduct on Davis Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Artist Beth Adler’s studio on Florence Avenue just south of Crain Street on a snowy Evanston Made First Saturday Art Walk. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the many signs of solidarity with Ukraine in Evanston on Florence Avenue, just north of Greenleaf Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Neil and Ben Good install Julie Cowan’s “artruckish 2022” community project with the art of about 60 Evanston artists in the store windows of the former Gap store at 1706 Sherman Ave. The work will be on display through April 15. Credit: Joerg Metzner Nature finds a way, pushing through the cast-iron grid surrounding the trees on Central Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the many garage door murals that can be discovered in Evanston’s alleys. This one is south of Isabella Street and west of Ewing Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner It’s little details like this unexpected art installation at Prairie Joe’s West gallery on Prairie Avenue and Central Street that delight and inspire. Credit: Joerg Metzner The buildings in Evanston are alive. Just look at the face that Nichols Middle School on Greenleaf Street and Elmwood Avenue made the other day as the sun was setting. Credit: Joerg Metzner Bennison’s Bakery on Maple Avenue and Davis Street, at sunset and ready for Passover and Easter. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the many colorful Little Free Libraries that can be found in Evanston’s neighborhoods. This one is on Florence Avenue, just south of Crain Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner It’s spring and love is in the air, but this couple adores each other year round on the exterior of Evanston’s Post Office on Davis Street and Oak Avenue. The bas relief by Works Progress Administration sculptor Armin Scheler is called The Answer. Credit: Joerg Metzner Good Vibes for sale. At a garage sale on Asbury Avenue south of Monroe Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner There is a definite color palette to this wall and door on Elmwood Avenue and Main Street that just works in its own way. Credit: Joerg Metzner An unexpected mosaic, by Evanston artist Hope Washinushi, at Grandmother Park, 1125 Dewey Avenue, brings some joy to this little gem of a neighborhood park. Credit: Joerg Metzner An architectural detail brings some color into our town on Grove Street, east of Sherman Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Detail of a spaceship, also known as SKYlofts, a live-work loft that landed on Oak Avenue just south of Church Street in 2013 by Berry/Spatz Architects. Credit: Joerg Metzner This blue brick wall on Prairie Avenue and Central Street seems to be watching the neighborhood. Credit: Joerg Metzner This white picket fence, in the former Williams shoe store window on Church Street and Sherman Avenue downtown Evanston, has been guarding yet another empty store front for way too long. Credit: Joerg Metzner Find all the Fairy Doors in Evanston, and yes, Lena is really nice. This door opens to her shop on Chicago Avenue, south of Dempster Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner The mailbox at the Evanston Animal Shelter on Oakton Street west of Hartrey Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Some valuable advice, found on the walls of Washington Elementary School on Main Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the many colorful homes in Evanston that brighten our streetscape, south of Greenleaf Street on Florence Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner A peek at Molly Zakrajsek’s mural “Fluent Foundations” underneath the Metra viaduct on Grove Street. This mural was a collaboration by the artist with Evanston Township High School students and the Evanston Mural Arts Program. Credit: Joerg Metzner Evanston is blessed with many green spaces. Some feel more adventurous than others, like this path across Mount Trashmore in James Park. Credit: Joerg Metzner Vintage Vinyl on Davis Street and Maple Avenue lights up the neighborhood with vintage neon. Credit: Joerg Metzner Stairs to the Main Street Metra train platform off Custer Avenue and Washington Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Dreaming big in the alley across from the Union Squared Beer Garden between Chicago and Hinman Avenues north of Dempster Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Birdhouse in the warm evening glow on the corner of Seward Street and Florence Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner As the sun goes down, the lights over Dempster Street east of Chicago Avenue light up to provide a festive atmosphere. Credit: Joerg Metzner An abundance of asparagus was to be found at the Evanston Farmers’ Market this weekend. Credit: Joerg Metzner On this Memorial Day our flag is at half staff in Patriots Park as the nation mourns yet another mass shooting at an elementary school. Credit: Joerg Metzner With Memorial Day and warm weather, Evanston’s swimming beaches are open and life is returning to the lake. This view is from the Northwestern campus looking toward Chicago. Credit: Joerg Metzner Geometric murals by James Marshall, better known as “Dalek,” complete the reconstructed intersection at Emerson Street and Ridge Avenue. It also features the Stitch sculpture by Warren Langley. Credit: Joerg Metzner There is a robot hiding at Hemenway United Methodist Church on Chicago Avenue, north of Main Street—or at least so it seems. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the stately homes in South East Evanston on the corner of Greeleaf Street and Forest Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Ultra Violet is the name of Ouizi’s mural adorning the south wall of 1231 Chicago Ave. just south of Dempster Street. The artist is also known as Louise Jones. Credit: Joerg Metzner The alleys of Evanston provide surprising and picturesque views, like this one between Florence Avenue and Ashland Avenue south of Greenleaf Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner One last message from St John’s United Church of Christ. The church, on the corner of Crain Street and Wesley Avenue, is up for sale. Credit: Joerg Metzner A statue of Buddha is illuminated by the rays of the evening sun in the storefront window at the Zen Buddhist Temple on Dempster Street west of Chicago Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner “Who’s up for a couple sets?” The tennis courts in James Park on Oakton Street welcome anyone and everyone. Credit: Joerg Metzner The bike path along the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, east of McCormick Boulevard and south of Main Street. (Photo by Joerg Metzner) Credit: Joerg Metzner The colorful Don Baker Front Porch at Youth & Opportunity United on Church Street west of Dodge Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner) Credit: Joerg Metzner Roof detail of Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Simpson Street, west of Dewey Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner) Credit: Joerg Metzner Sanctuary found in the Community Garden off Simpson Street on the east side of the North Shore Channel. Credit: Joerg Metzner Clesen Wholesale on Dewey Avenue, north of Mulford Street, one of Evanston’s last working greenhouses. Evanston was once home to numerous nurseries all through the south part of town. Credit: Joerg Metzner Colorfully decorated garage on Noyes Street, east of Wesley Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Detail of mural with paint, tile and mirror on Foster Street, west of Jackson Avenue by artist Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz and community members. Credit: Joerg Metzner Painted steel sculpture by Andrew Arvanetes in Twiggs Park on Simpson Street and Dodge Avenue. This sculpture is part of the leased sculpture program of the Evanston Arts Council. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Skokie Swift near Asbury Avenue in south Evanston on its approach to the Howard Street elevated station through a tunnel of green. Credit: Joerg Metzner There is a horse grazing along the Canal Shores, north of Central Street, or is it? Who knows the story? Credit: Joerg Metzner Lots of support and celebration can be seen around Evanston during this year’s Pride month. These flags sprouted outside the store Stumble & Relish on Chicago Avenue just north of Dempster Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner A colorful fence greets all who come to Oakton Elementary School at Oakton Street west of Ridge Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Entering Evanston on Sheridan Road at South Boulevard Beach. Credit: Joerg Metzner Putting a twist on old-fashioned playground equipment is this climber in Twiggs Park, where Darrow Avenue and Payne Street meet. Credit: Joerg Metzner Art on the rocks at the landfill on the Northwestern Campus with a view of Chicago. Credit: Joerg Metzner Concentric tree skirt at Fountain Square for a tree that provides welcome shade on a sunny afternoon. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Centennial Fountain in the Merrick Rose Garden on Oak Avenue and Lake Street at night. The fountain was purchased by public donations in 1876 to mark the nation’s centennial. It was first in downtown’s Fountain Square and was moved to the rose garden in 1951. Credit: Joerg Metzner One house stands out among the group of homes on Emerson Street and Wesley Avenue that is slated for demolition. It has become a canvas over the years of evolving art. Credit: Joerg Metzner For some old-fashioned time travel, stop by this little free library on Hinman Avenue north of Hamilton Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Not what you expected next to the Evanston Police Station on Elmwood Avenue. Another of the many whimsical architectural finds in Evanston. Credit: Joerg Metzner Wet suit left to dry after early morning swim on a perfect, cloudless, summer morning at Lee Street Beach. Credit: Joerg Metzner The sculpture Magical Thinking by artist Gail Simpson in Eiden Park on Madison Street east of Sherman Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner A beautiful evening for the free Summer Cinema on the East Lawn at Northwestern’s Norris University Center. Credit: Joerg Metzner An “archeological dig” on the site of the old Thai Sookdee restaurant at 1016 Church St. unearthed World War II-era signage for gaskets and oil seals. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Mary and Leigh Block Museum. It’s a hidden treasure tucked away on the Northwestern University campus with world-class exhibits and programs. Credit: Joerg Metzner On a swim off Lee Street Beach on a blue sky morning. Credit: Joerg Metzner It’s a jungle out there, or at least at Sherman Avenue and Lake Street where the vegetation is taking over. Credit: Joerg Metzner A new mural by Jay Ryan (aka The Bird Machine) is adding some fresh color on the side of DeSalvo’s Pizza on Central Street and Prairie Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Things you’ll find in Evanston’s alleys: like this 1954 Packard Clipper Super Sedan. It was in an alley just south of Dempster Street and west of Sherman Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Adventure awaits any child ready to let their imagination free rein at Penny Park’s fantastical wooden structures on Lake Street and Ashland Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Learn about foxes by walking the path along the North Shore Channel, north of the Evanston Ecology Center. Credit: Joerg Metzner A Sunday morning swim in Lake Michigan. Credit: Joerg Metzner Solidarity mural by Rahmaan Statik at the Oakton Elementary School on Oakton Street and Ridge Avenue. Based in Chicago, Statik also created a mural in Ingraham Park for the Juneteenth celebration in 2021. Credit: Joerg Metzner Joerg Metzner photographed the moon as it rose above Clark Square Park south of Lee Steet Beach. “I was drawn by the bright light of the full reflecting in waves.” Credit: Joerg Metzner The old English-looking architecture of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University bathed in the warm light of the setting sun. Credit: Joerg Metzner Sunny chairs and a new mural invite guests at the Custer Oasis on Custer Avenue and Main Street to enjoy a beverage and some tacos from La Principal. Credit: Joerg Metzner What’s Evanston’s best drive-in that’s not a drive-in? Bill’s Drive-In, an Evanston institution on Asbury Avenue, hasn’t been serving cars for decades. But when you crave a burger or hot dog, the staff at Bill’s will take care of you. Credit: Joerg Metzner Idyllic view of Clark Street Beach on a warm summer evening in August. Credit: Joerg Metzner Another enchanting fairy door by Evanston artist Lena Kim of niceLena & Friends. Next time you visit Stumble & Relish on Chicago Avenue just north of Dempster look at your feet as you enter. Kim has created a miniature for the store as she has done for other businesses around town. Credit: Joerg Metzner Some call it E-Town. This mural was completed by young people for the Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest in 2017. It’s on display at the retaining wall at the Canal Shores Golf Course, just north one Central Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Even though this clock stopped working a while ago, it’s always time to save at Ken’s Cleaners on the corner of Dempster Street and Elmwood Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Colorful flags rustle in a late summer breeze at St. Mary’s Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on Wilder Street and Florence Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Built in 1898, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Evanston on Lake Street and Sherman Avenue provides a welcomed splash of color with its red door. Credit: Joerg Metzner While summer is waning there are still plenty of good days to ride your bicycle, as this beauty parked on Elmwood Avenue and Dempster Street reminds us. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Arrington Lagoon Picnic Shelter, off Sheridan Road and Church Street, all lit up for a late summer celebration. Credit: Joerg Metzner Get ready to vote as the election season is already in full swing at Church Street and Wesley Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Vigil, an installation by Evanston-artist Alice George at 1324 Ashland Ave. It’s a response to the epidemic of violence in the United States. Starting on Aug. 15, George suspended one origami boat for each gun-related fatality in Cook County. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Evanston Masonic Temple, on Lake Street and Maple Avenue, was dedicated in 1928. Credit: Joerg Metzner One of the many rocks painted by Northwestern students along the lake shore on the Northwestern campus. Credit: Joerg Metzner A color spot in the sun at Ridgeville Park on Ridge Avenue and South Boulevard. Credit: Joerg Metzner Howard Street, where Evanston and Chicago meet, marked by a nicely designed sign. The next couple of Picturing Evanston posts will visit the stretch of Howard Street between Ridge Avenue and Clyde Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Have you ever strolled down Howard Street? Did you know there is a cabaret theater named Theo Ubique at 721 Howard St.? The theater’s newest show, Refuge, will run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 13. Credit: Joerg Metzner Mural by Jesse Hora on the side of “PalmHouse,” an event venue on Howard Street and Callan Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Architectural details from another time greet passersby at the corner of Howard Street and Clyde Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Part of the 1993 “Wall of Struggle & Dreams” mural painted by community residents that runs near the Yellow Line tracks at Clyde-Brummel Park. Kiela Sonya Smith was the artistic director of the piece. John Ewing was the assistant artist. Credit: Joerg Metzner New and old Evanston structures. In the foreground is Northwestern’s 2018 Ryan Fieldhouse. The 1873 Grosse Point Lighthouse in the background. Credit: Joerg Metzner This has to be the most photographed of the painted rocks along the lake shore of the Northwestern campus. Credit: Joerg Metzner The tree-lined street looking west from Ward Eight, a cocktail lounge at 629 Howard Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner A great blue heron soars above the North Shore Channel near Oakton Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner A numbers game freshly painted in the Dawes Elementary School on Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner Rowing teams on a beautiful autumn day at the boat landing of the Dammrich Rowing Center north of Oakton Street on the North Shore Channel. Credit: Joerg Metzner Where there is art in Evanston, there is Lisa Degliantoni. In this case, she is documenting the documenter at the Evanston Made Pop-Up, 832 Dempster St. The gallery currently showcases Evanston photographers including work from this “Picturing Evanston” columnist. It’s up through the end of the month. Credit: Joerg Metzner “One of these things is not like the other.” These chairs on Maple Avenue just north of Greenleaf Street have become part of the landscape. Credit: Joerg Metzner Credit: Joerg Metzner Nothing like a bike ride on a warm autumn afternoon along the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Seen here is Tamsie Ringler’s Porte Des Morts with a steady stream of bicyclists heading north on the bike path. Credit: Joerg Metzner A composition with modern architecture and autumn color at the corner of Main Street and Asbury Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner The waxing Beaver Moon – the first full moon of November – seen from Evanston’s busy dog beach at the end of a beautiful day. The moon will be full on Election Day and coincide with a lunar eclipse. Credit: Joerg Metzner This vintage toy fire engine is retired in an equally vintage store window on Greenleaf Street, just east of Florence Avenue. Credit: Joerg Metzner There is an alpaca on the loose on Dewey Avenue and Greenleaf Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner The last unicorn of Evanston adorns the entrance of the Artist Book House aka the Harley Clarke Mansion on Sheridan Road. Credit: Joerg Metzner “Take what you need . . . Give what you can,” says the Dewey food pantry on Wesley Avenue and Grove Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Urban light and shadow play in the alley behind Whole Foods Market, south of Church Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner This painted utility box by Mia Larson on Orrington Avenue and Church Street could be titled “Somebody please stop and play with us.” Credit: Joerg Metzner You can’t miss the fire engine red marquee of Jilly’s Café on Green Bay Road, just north of Central Street. Credit: Joerg Metzner Jane Beller hands out prepared lunches at the Second Baptist Church’s food pantry in the alley south of the church off 1717 Benson Ave. Credit: Joerg Metzner Watch out: The handrail at Grace Lutheran Church on South Boulevard and Wesley Avenue is alive. Credit: Joerg Metzner Carols and croissants: Customers waiting in line Saturday at Bennison’s Bakery on Davis Street and Maple Avenue are serenaded with Christmas music. Credit: Joerg Metzner The window at the consignment shop Stepping Out On Faith, 1632 Orrington Ave., is decked out for purple holidays. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue, 303 Dodge Ave., was the first platinum LEED-certified house of worship in North America when it was built in 2008. The reclaimed siding from barns in upstate New York are weathering as the grounds around the building are maturing and providing a habitat for insects and butterflies. Credit: Joerg Metzner The light is on at the decorated back door of the Grosse Point Lighthouse, 2601 Sheridan Road. Credit: Joerg Metzner Cairns, a pile of stones to mark a spot, go back into prehistory in Eurasia. But this contemporary cairn stands at Lee Street Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. Credit: Joerg Metzner This old-fashioned neon sign lights up Mike’s Shoe Repair, 2905 Central St., in Christmas colors every day. Credit: Joerg Metzner Most definitely don’t block that door, in the cluster of scrap yards and mechanic shops nestled between Oakton and Main streets. Credit: Joerg Metzner The blue water tower – actually a standpipe that levels out water – rises south of Cleveland Street and west of Hartrey Avenue. It’s one of the many crucial parts of Evanston’s water infrastructure. Credit: Joerg Metzner A blue foggy evening and calm waters greeted the new year and the groups of people enjoying a walk along the lake on this almost balmy New Year’s Day. Credit: Joerg Metzner The Levere Memorial Temple dominates the intersection of Hinman Avenue and Sheridan Road with its Gothic style. Credit: Joerg Metzner A toy drum was placed in Lunt Park above a plaque remembering Simon R. O’Donnell. Twenty-three-year-old O’Donnell, a drummer, died last May of an accidental fentanyl poisoning. Family friends placed the drum there Christmas Day as a gift. The O’Donnell family removed it after the holidays, but plan to return it every year. The plaque reads “I See Music in the Trees.” Said his mother Carol: “That’s what Simon said when he was 11 looking out the car window.” Credit: Joerg Metzner No matter what the season these chairs on Oak Avenue and Greenleaf Street add fun and color to the neighborhood. Credit: Joerg Metzner The sun sets on Sunday evening over Kamen Park on South Boulevard, east of Barton Avenue, after making its first appearance in quite a while. Credit: Joerg Metzner The warm glow of the chandeliers at Patisserie Coralie are a welcomed sight on a cold winter morning with its promise of French hot cocoa, Café au lait, butter croissants and many more treats to transport you the banks of the river Seine in Paris. Credit: Joerg Metzner Amalgama by Anna Soltys on Sherman Avenue and Lake Street was inspired by the essence of life and the curves all living beings share. Credit: Joerg Metzner Silver garlands in a hedge on Dempster Street east of Dewey Avenue prompts anyone passing by to “Imagine.” Credit: Joerg Metzner / Evanston RoundTable This photo can be filed under “Curious Fence Posts of Evanston.” Was or is this home of a golfer on Cleveland Street? Credit: Joerg Metzner The Apostolic Lighthouse Church of Evanston on Dodge Avenue south of Dempster Street, one of Evanston’s many small houses of worship. Credit: Joerg Metzner The fieldhouse and ice rink at Ackerman Park on Central Street and McDaniel Avenue during snow showers. Credit: Joerg Metzner The yellow roof of Key Club Cleaners, 433 Asbury Ave., is easy to spot from a distance, but where did the “Club” go? Credit: Joerg Metzner This cluster of geese on their descent into the pond at the Northwestern University lakefill makes the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts look like an airport tower. Credit: Joerg Metzner If the weather isn’t enough of a deterrent, the city would like to make sure you don’t go swimming at the Dempster Street Launch Facility. The Parks and Recreation Department put out a reminder Tuesday to avoid walking on shelf ice that builds up along the lakefront. Credit: Joerg Metzner A light along the path on the Northwestern University landfill bathes the bare tree branches with its warm glow. Credit: Joerg Metzner
Each photo is beautifully composed . Many are stunning.
Bravo, Joerg and RoundTable. You show things we might be going right past without seeing. Detailed captions are great, but often lacking the date taken or published (even when it seems obvious or unnecessary). I came to Evanston in 1969 because The Review would let me try being both photographer and reporter. Reporting overwhelmed photo even during a decades-ago Northwestern football field dispute, and I moved on to editing elsewhere. So I am glad now to see photo being done well and steadily even if — and also because — it is often less journalistic and more artistic.
This is the Evanston we cherish. These pictures capture our city’s best essence. Nature, visual artistic details, local diverse stores, small community gatherings (the Xmas carolers).
Any of the ugly aspects that unfortunately already exist in Evanston were not given any credit for celebration. Why should they, why would he choose to depict lawns covered up by illegally parked cars dripping dangerous pollutants into the grass, light pollution greying up the night sky, crowds spilling out of the U2 area weaving dangerously through lines of cars plodding along Central Street. How could Mr. Metzner’s camera, document the shaking of residents’ windows during loud music events, even blocks away?
Evanston has not yet sold its soul. Through 50 years and more it has held steadfast against imposing zoning changes that would diminish the residential quality of life and the small shops’ survival of an entire thriving neighborhood.
Yet, once again, as many times in its greedy past, Northwestern University is dangling its bait to the City. A bait, once again, in exchange of imposing a regressive development on Evanston, transforming a corner of the green City to polluting entertainment hub , offering unlimited band drum beats, distorted loudspeakers’ avalanche of cacophony, and maybe even weekly fireworks booms to deafen the sounds of woodpeckers’ churrs, wrens’ hymns, and quiet yard conversations, offering poisoning exhaust fumes to cover up the fragrance of lavender, lilacs, and linden blooms, pretending their state of the art lights will not obliterate the few stars we may still see now, and depriving us of fireflies and sleep.
Deafening decibels, light pollution, unlimited toxic car and bus idling emissions, a towering new construction looming menacingly over a corner of our beloved Evanston: this is what progressive Evanston wants?