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pat . i . na   /pəˈtēnə/  – A green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.

It’s one of my favorite words. So much so that I named one of my photographs after it. I have always been amazed by the beauty created by a “simple” oxidation process. Think about it, over a period of time, oxides, carbonates, sulfides and sulfates form on the surface of metal and, without any human intervention, and with Mother Nature throwing her own magic in to the mix, create some of the most beautiful colors and patterns ever seen.

When I am out and about in the city with the camera, I am not just taken in by the bounty of amazing architecture Chicago has to offer but also the age of many of the structures and, more specifically, what age and the elements…

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