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Capturing Chicago, polar vortex edition

For this month's photo series, Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs Chicagoans outside during the 2014 polar vortex

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Martha Williams
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Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
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Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
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Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
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Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.
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Photograph: Saverio Truglia

Chicago photographer Saverio Truglia photographs people outside during the polar vortex 2014.

Saverio Truglia is known for his humorous, conceptual images usually made in a warm studio, but he felt compelled to photograph people during last year’s polar vortex.

“I wanted to photograph people who were forced to be outside in the historic -40 degree temperatures and the snow," Truglia explains. "I was interested in toughness and the resilient Chicagoans who take life as it comes.”

Truglia drove around for three days on the West and South Sides of Chicago looking for subjects. "I’d just cruise around looking for spots of color in the whiteout. I would pull over in a snow bank, jump out with my camera in one hand and a business card in another, and ask to make their portrait.” It was something of a miracle, he acknowledges, that his car never got stuck in the snow.

Find more of Truglia's work on his website.

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