“Chicago has one of the most photogenic skylines in the world,” says local photographer Kwe Bentum. “From harsh beautiful winters to warm summer months, the Illinois metropolis has an atmosphere that’s truly unique.”

Although he’s always enjoyed being behind the lens, social platforms reinvigorated Kwe’s photography and opened a lot of doors, such as an invite to document the retirement of Paul Konerko’s jersey for the Chicago White Sox. He also shares his knowledge as a contributing writer for iPhone Photography School, which offers tutorials, tips and interviews with notables. As for preferred subject matter, Kwe is always pursuing unique ways to capture the lines and symmetry of the city’s bold architecture.

“The Loop [central business district] is primarily my photography playground,” he explains. “Especially Millennium Park, home of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, or ‘Bean’ as many call it. I also love to shoot at North Avenue Beach and Adler Planetarium along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and will often visit the same locations because they all look so unique during Chicago’s four seasons.”