About Pretty Ugly Gallery
PRETTY UGLY GALLERY™ started in 2013 when Howie Ronay was walking his road bike through an alleyway behind his apartment building in downtown Chicago and something caught his eye: a rusted out dumpster.
“I can’t say why this dumpster stopped me, but for some reason it just did. It’s exterior was full of vibrant colors like you’d find in a painting. And when I looked closer, the cracked paint made beautiful patterns. So, I started snapping pictures of this dumpster with my iPhone. I must’ve looked like a crazy person holding my phone to a dumpster in an alley with my bike helmet on. When I got back to my apartment, I started playing with the saturation and the contrast levels, and I was immediately hooked. But before I could start an Instagram feed, I needed the perfect name that captured the concept. "Pretty Ugly" hit me and I loved that it played off a common colloquial and that there was inherent tension in the contrast of terms. The next day I posted the first images to Instagram and Pretty Ugly Gallery was born.”
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