As I embark on a new photo adventure at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pete Times), I decided to look back on just a handful of things I worked on as I left the Chicago Tribune. There are so many amazing things that I experienced and photographed, but these are a few that meant the most to me.
Patrick Stein is a 20-year-old former water polo player at Loyola Academy now immobilized by Locked-In Syndrome, who lives in Northfield, IL. His sense of humor and lightheartedness always made my day. Locked-In Syndrome has been described as "being buried alive." Patrick can only control his eyes and uses blinking and a letter board to communicate. Despite not getting to spend as much time as I would like with him, Patrick taught me so much about appreciating every moment and making the best of hopeless situations.
All photos are Copyright Chicago Tribune.