Susan Mortensen used the Media Lab to scan hundreds of 35mm slides and photographs that her late father left, some with images from as early as the 1920s. Although there were thousands to choose from, Mortensen decided only to scan the ones that had family members in them. Afterwards, she edited and enhanced them using iPhoto and then posted them online so that she was able to easily share them with friends and family. She arranged them into albums and gave each image a title and a caption. "It's just unbelievable what you can do here. It's a walk down memory lane for me."
I came to the Media Lab to create a video tribute for my wife's birthday. I collected over 20 video vignettes from relatives spread across the USA. I received the videos by email, by text, on flash drives and some were even shared to me 'in the cloud.'
Nature and Photojournalism have always been my primary interests and I've done a lot in both. I've taught Photojournalism and I've given a number of programs and exhibits. I have to say that Photography is my passion.
I was a film shooter until the digital age took so over that I decided, non-techie as I am, I've got to begin learn to shoot digitally. And then, more and more of my friends were into really using Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom and all these advanced techniques which I found very difficult to learn.
In 1965–66, I served as artillery officer in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). At the time the Airmobile concept was unproven but it turned out to be very successful. I was able to take a large amount of photos (mostly 35mm slides) under operational conditions and some in combat. However, these slides are now 50 years old and starting to deteriorate badly. They are very special to me and cannot be replaced. I looked into having them digitized on a DVD, but that was going to be a lengthy and costly process and the DVD's being fragile and not a permanent solution.
Jon J. Kerr is an award-winning writer who has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Sports Illustrated, Tribune Broadcasting and NBC. He published his first book in September of 2015. Inside Chicago Media is an interview show, with guests twice a month from local media. The podcast can be found on iTunes. Jon uses the Media Lab to record audio for his podcast.