Note to readers: This is the first installment in an occasional column showcasing interesting photographs by Daily Chronicle photographers.
My daily commute includes a more than 15-mile stretch of Somonauk Road from the south into DeKalb. The drive is my alone time between family and work.
Many times I have thought of a way to illustrate a story for the paper, or if there is enough milk in the refrigerator at home.
Most of the year, conditions are great and the traffic is minimal. On my drive New Year’s Day into DeKalb, however, it was slow going over snow-covered roads. I planned on getting into town and finding someone clearing their driveway of snow or a plow traveling down Lincoln Highway.
As I approached Perry Road, I looked to the west and saw my photograph. I stopped the car and waited for a pink Cadillac sport utility vehicle to come around the curve from Perry onto Somonauk. A photographer knows when they have captured a moment and I felt it. I then continued into town knowing I had made an image that told the story and the pressure was off, but I went looking for a secondary image.
In town I found a woman using walking sticks for her daily walk across town, snow plows clearing Lincoln Highway, a mo-ped traveling north on First Street and a resident clearing his driveway with a snow blower.
With the multiple photographs I captured, the pink Cadillac image could now be saved for a future story about snow-covered roads. However, that story morphed into a feature on salt and the image wasn’t used ... until now, for our first of hopefully many more photo columns for the Daily Chronicle by myself and Monica Maschak.