Dr. Annie Simon (R) and Physical Therapist Aide Suzanne Finucane (L) remove sensors from Hailey Daniswicz's leg at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine April 13, 2011 Daniswicz was flexing muscles in her thigh as electrodes attached to her leg instructed a computer avatar to flex its knee and ankle -- parts of her own leg that have been missing for 12 years. Daniswicz, a sophomore at Northwestern University who her lost her lower leg to bone cancer, is training the computer to recognize slight movements in her thigh so she can eventually be fitted with a "bionic" leg -- a robotic prosthesis she would control with her own nerves and muscles. REUTERS/John Gress

Bionic Woman

Today, Reuters released a set of photos that I shot and a story about researchers in Chicago working with electromyography — electrical signals produced by muscles — and pattern recognition computer software to control and develop a new generation of robotic limbs.

Blackhawks-Canucks Playoff

I have had a very busy stretch the last four days. I have photographed three professional games, made several website updates and hosted a small gathering of friends. Here are some images from last nights Blackhawks-Canucks game. Chicago vanquished Vancouver, winning the playoff game 7-2. Chicago now trails in the first round series the-games-to-one.

NBA Playoffs Game 1

I shot last night’s Bulls-Pacers game in Chicago. For this game I decided to mount a remote camera on the basket so I could add a unique angle and end-up with more usable photos from the game. All-in-all, I think I shot around 1000 photos to end up with 17 images worthy of sending in to my client, Reuters.

John Gress Chicago Photographer

Flash From The Past: April 16, 2006

Five years ago today I met reporter James Kelleher. He had come up with a story to feature a truck stop preacher in rural Illinois. After a few hours of driving, the two of us found our selves in the back of a semi trailer, which served as a church for road worriers of the 18-wheel variety. On a personal note, I am not a very religious person and this may very well have been the only church service I attended in 2006.