Ice castle, day two

Chicago Firefighter Michael De Jesus is covered in ice as he mans a water cannon while fighting a warehouse fire January 24, 2013, which caught fire Tuesday night in Chicago. Fire Department officials said it is the biggest fire the department has had to battle in years. One-third of all Chicago firefighters were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

You never know how the assignment is going to go when you decide to put on the same clothes you had on the day before. Why? Because they smell like smoke! I made a return trek to the ice castle today, an abandoned warehouse which has been burning for three days. Quite surprising considering most of the building has collapsed and is covered in inches of ice.

Fire & Ice: Chicago’s frozen warehouse fire

I woke up this morning, tossing and turning with all kinds of thoughts and ideas running through my head as I came up with concepts for a photo shoot I have on Friday. Then, the phone rang, it was Reuters Editor Hans Deryk asking me to take photos of a warehouse fire, apologizing for the early call. I told him, “Are you kidding me? I have been waiting for this for 10 years!”

Snomageddon or Snowpocalypse?

John Gress Chicago Photographer

I have one word to describe how I feel right now: exhausted. For the third day in a row I spent most of my time outside going from point to point photographing various topics depicting the third largest snow storm on record in Chicago.

Blizzard 2011

John Gress Chicago Photographer

After Chicago got hit with its third-biggest snowstorm on record, 51.3cm (20.2in) of snow according to the national weather service, I headed out into the streets to take some pictures. Temperatures are expected to drop to -21C (-7F) tonight, with wind chills down to -32C (25F).

Building Blizzard

John Gress Chicago Photographer

I went out today and took photos of Chicagoans weathering the beginning of what could be one of the top five worst winter storms to hit Chicago. Over 50cm (20 inches) of snow could fall by the end of the storm.