GENESEE STREET IN DOWNTOWN WAUKEGAN, IL—Ryan

GENESEE STREET IN DOWNTOWN WAUKEGAN, IL—Photo by Colleen Plumb

GENESEE STREET IN DOWNTOWN WAUKEGAN, IL—Photo by Colleen Plumb

To fill this request, Chicago photographer Colleen Plumb drove north to Waukegan, a city on the shore of Lake Michigan. She considered it a mission to figure out what Ryan might want to see. She took five photos, including this shot of Stern’s Department store and a door covered in stickers. She waited patiently for someone to walk by so he would be able to see a some action in his hometown. Ryan is one of several men in isolation at Tamms with a serious mental illness and both he and his mother have been active in the Tamms Year Ten campaign.
Photo by Colleen Plumb, 2012.