I live in Illinois, the suburbs of Chicago in the Midwestern U.S. I simultaneously love and hate this place but this photo is of my friends during a gathering that I feel is quintessentially 'Midwest'. These are people I care for and spend time with, and this picture not only reflects what the leisurely side of Midwestern living is, but it also describes how I feel about this part of the country. Mostly that it's absurd but sometimes beautiful.
featured in romka # 6, 2011