I thought it was time for me to come out of hiding and introduce myself. I live in Wilmette, Illinois which is just north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. I am 53 and have been photographing since I was a kid- I made my first darkroom when I was 13 in a closet in the basement. Today I primarily shoot 4x5 with some 6x6 and 35mm for fun. I use a Sinar Norma with assorted lenses from 110mm to 450mm, and FP4 exclusively (in 4x5). I have been photographing the Chicago River for about 4 years and somewhat to my surprise this is turning into a real project. My intent is to shoot the river over its entire length, about 35 miles. It starts in a fairly bucolic setting and then runs through suburbs before getting to the city itself, where it goes through the heart of downtown and then through heavily industrialized areas. I am currently in the process of printing about 75 images in preparation for applying for grants and to submit for publication. It will be interesting to see where all this leads.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and thank you for being here. This is a great resource!