Endings and Beginnings

Added on by Carolyn Van Houten.

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.   

The Extreme Rage All Stars cheerleading team, which is from Milwaukee, WI and consists of girls from four to 18 years, practices before joining the parade route at the Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest and largest African-American parade in the United States, in Chicago on Saturday, August 10, 2013.  

The Extreme Rage All Stars cheerleading team, which is from Milwaukee, WI and consists of girls from four to 18 years, practices before joining the parade route at the Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest and largest African-American parade in the United States, in Chicago on Saturday, August 10, 2013.  

Children play at 12th St. Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013 after high levels of e. coli and rip tides forced people out of the water.  

Children play at 12th St. Beach in Chicago on August 13, 2013 after high levels of e. coli and rip tides forced people out of the water.  

Oliver Dennison, 5, aims his water gun at Steven McDonough at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park on Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Oliver was hesitant, because he said, "My parents told me not to spray people in the face." 

Oliver Dennison, 5, aims his water gun at Steven McDonough at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park on Saturday, July 20, 2013.  Oliver was hesitant, because he said, "My parents told me not to spray people in the face." 

Members of the Bessemer Bears team gather after winning their game at the 45th Anniversary of the Chicago Special Olympics held in Grant Park on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  

Members of the Bessemer Bears team gather after winning their game at the 45th Anniversary of the Chicago Special Olympics held in Grant Park on Thursday, July 18, 2013.  

Al and Barbara Phillip's miniature bull terrier Colonel sits in their Chicago home on Friday, July 26, 2013.  Colonel was just a few months old when he was shot by a Chicago Police officer as he escaped the Phillip's front gate last December. 

Al and Barbara Phillip's miniature bull terrier Colonel sits in their Chicago home on Friday, July 26, 2013.  Colonel was just a few months old when he was shot by a Chicago Police officer as he escaped the Phillip's front gate last December. 

The story of a rape victim who discovered that police had never investigated her case, which was one of over fifty unsolved rape cases in that district: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-11/news/ct-met-rape-dna-kits-20130811_1_cook-county-sheriff-kits-victim  

The story of a rape victim who discovered that police had never investigated her case, which was one of over fifty unsolved rape cases in that district:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-11/news/ct-met-rape-dna-kits-20130811_1_cook-county-sheriff-kits-victim

 

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. 

The story in The Chicago Tribune and the Aiken Standard

Video of Patrick and his Nurse (Graphic Language) 

Mary-Jo and Patrick's Blog

All photos are Copyright Chicago Tribune.