Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Friday, March 31

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I started this project while commuting daily via subway. I began photographing the city, but instead of disregarding the graffiti, dust, or rain on the windows, I chose to focus on these imperfections. I sought out these signs and patterns and used them to transform the windows into lyrical cityscapes.

- Sarah Hadley

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About the Author(s)

Sarah Hadley's photographs have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C, and Los Angeles. Her work has received several grants, including a finalist grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a CAAP grant and a Curator's Choice Award at Around the Coyote. As a photojournalist, her photographs have appeared in Chicago Magazine, Marie Claire, ReadyMade magazine, and many other national and international publications. She has taught photography at the Marwen Foundation, Gallery 37, and assistant-taught at the International Center for Photography in New York. In 2004, she started Damen Studio (, a small gallery on Chicago's north side. You can see more of her work at

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