As I go through the archive of images I have, number one I’m grateful for the digital age. Besides making getting images to the publications I shoot for easier (not to mention no longer having to drive to office after an assignment to develop & upload), I have a copy of every single frame I made, even the outtakes. Back in the film days you might get a few medium resolution copies of what was used, but the rest of your negatives stayed at the paper.
To start off teh best of 2011, I had to go with the “Snowpocalypse” of February. Scroll to the bottom to see video from that night on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
Once again, looking back on 2011 the most amazing thing from my collection of images are the number of feature stories I did and in this case a lack of sports. This image from cross country below was one of a few high school sporting events I covered that year. Even when I was covering sports sometimes it was for yearbook companies, or it was a feature story. Like below on a female football player for St. Ignatius.
Once again to look back at 2011 and the number of small community events I covered is almost mind blowing how much less coverage communities get these days. While it’s not “Watergate” a lot can be said about getting coverage for local spelling Bee champs, homecoming parades and Easter egg hunts. If you want that please look up you local paper and get a subscription.
I will add, a lot of these images say “for the Sun-Times” and I’m talking about local papers. The Sun-Times was not sending me out to cover these small events per se, but for the collection of weekly newspapers they owned under the Pioneer Press title. Those papers are still around, now owned by the Chicago Tribune, although it seems we lose one of the 20 or so papers every couple of years.