Flash From The Past: April 29, 2002

Even though its been nine years I can still remember one of the crew members asking me what I thought of the lighting. I hope I didn’t say anything rude… I of course prefer light that is more contrast, but at the ripe age of 24, I might not have had the good sense to keep my mouth shut.

Flash From The Past: April 27, 2003

Its been a long time since I did an assignment for Agence France Presse. This image was taken during the 2003 NBA playoffs with what I think was a Canon DCS-520, my second professional digital camera, The cameras sensor made three-and-half 1.7 megapixel images per second. In contrast the cameras I use today take eight images per second with 15 megapixels of information per picture.

Flash From The Past: April 26, 2007

In 1985 my father passed away due to exposure to a pesticide during his tours in Vietnam. One thing I never enjoy doing, but something I can certainly relate to, is photographing military funerals. It’s sad seeing my fathers generation laying to rest members of my generation in yet another war.

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.