Edyta Blaszczyk Portfolio

Southern Illinois University Carbondale basketball players from right, Ryan Hare, Bryan Mullins, Anthony Booker, Kevin Dillard, and Torres Roundtree joke around during a photography session during media day at the SIU Arena Oct. 13, 2008.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale basketball players from left, Ryan Hare, Bryan Mullins, Anthony Booker, Kevin Dillard, and Torres Roundtree joke around during a photography session during media day Oct. 13, 2008 at the SIU Arena.

Victoria Freeland waits for a volunteer to pack food and toiletries into grocery bag during the Veterans Stand Down Sept. 9, 2010 at the Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Freeland, an Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War in the Criminal Investigation Command who is currently living in Fairfield, IL., said that she has been attending these events since 1976, a year after an accident which broke her neck. Sylvia Jackson, chief of voluntary services at the Marion VA Medical Center, explained that the name of the event correlates with a pause in combat during wartime to allow soldiers rest and relaxation. The service provides veterans with food, shelter, clothing, and health screenings among other services once a year.

Victoria Freeland waits for a volunteer to pack food and toiletries into grocery bag during the Veterans Stand Down Sept. 9, 2010 at the Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Freeland, an Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War in the Criminal Investigation Command who is currently living in Fairfield, Ill., said that she has been attending these events since 1976, a year after an accident which broke her neck. Sylvia Jackson, chief of voluntary services at the Marion VA Medical Center, explained that the name of the event correlates with a pause in combat during wartime to allow soldiers rest and relaxation. The service provides veterans with food, shelter, clothing, and health screenings among other services once a year.

Patrick Scheil pops a golf ball out of the hole during an afternoon practice for the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale golf team on Oct. 10, 2008 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Makanda, Il.

Patrick Scheil pops a golf ball out of the hole during an afternoon practice for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale golf team on Oct. 10, 2008 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Makanda, Ill.

The Rev. Joseph Brown expresses his frustration during a two-hour Faculty Senate meeting on Sept. 11, 2007. The faculty approved the creation of a “blue-ribbon” panel to evaluate plagiarism accusations charged against SIU President Glenn Poshard.

The Rev. Joseph Brown expresses his frustration during a two-hour Faculty Senate meeting on Sept. 11, 2007. The faculty approved the creation of a “blue-ribbon” panel to evaluate plagiarism accusations charged against SIU President Glenn Poshard.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale guard Justin Bocot attempts for a rebound as Illini center Mike Tisdale falls on SIU guard John Freeman at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale guard Justin Bocot attempts for a rebound as Illini center Mike Tisdale falls on SIU guard John Freeman at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Anna Blaszczyk is illuminated by a spotlight that her husband Krzysztof holds as she waters a garden of freshly planted fruits, flowers and herbs in her backyard in Rolling Meadows, Ill. "I have been planting all day, and since the mosquitoes have not come out yet, I can still finish up my work at night."

Anna Blaszczyk is illuminated by a spotlight that her husband Krzysztof holds as she waters a garden of freshly planted fruits, flowers and herbs in her backyard in Rolling Meadows, Ill. “I have been planting all day, and since the mosquitoes have not come out yet, I can still finish up my work at night.”

Harpreet Singh, a practicing Sikh from Chicago, helps relight candles on Aug. 6 that were lined up in the courtyard of a Gurdwara in Palatine, Ill. Singh and hundreds of people with varying faiths joined together for a sermon and candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims killed and injured on Aug. 5 by a U.S. Army veteran who opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

A woman receives a fire cup massage to help her body fight off any bacteria and viruses that could be in her immune system Nov. 28, 2008. This technique is widely used in Europe and Middle-Eastern cultures to remove “bad blood” from the body and aid in the patient’s health.

Kay Weatherford, wife of co-chairman of the Art Over Easy Auction & Gala Larry Weatherford, makes a bid on an item during the live auction portion of the event Dec. 4, 2009 at the Southern Illinois University Glove Factory. The money raised from the night was matched by two private grants for scholarships and research in the SIUC School of Art and Design.

SIU softball outfielder Katie Wilson and second baseman Alicia Garza collide into each other during a double header against Southeast Missouri where the SIU Salukis won 2-1 and 6-0 at the Charlotte West Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

Gene Leonard, a regular skydiver for the Southeast Missouri Skydiving club, puts his headgear on before jumping out of a Cessna 206 at 10,500 feet in the air from Cairo Regional Airport on Sunday Sept. 7, 2008.

In recent years, there has been a call for Americans to become healthier by adjusting their diet and exercising more. Despite the efforts, many fast food restaurants are making their portions and meals larger. Pictured above are a Wendy’s 3/4 lb. triple burger with 1,030 calories, the McDonald’s 50 McNugget meal with 2,300 calories, KFC Double Down Sandwich with 610 calories, alongside their former counterparts in past portions.

Mohammad Ismail with the Arab American Action Network helps hold up an oversized Palestinian flag during a anti-NATO protest in Grant Park, Chicago. Thousands of protesters gathered on May 20, 2012 in Chicago’s Grant Park to join forces and be a voice against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. According to “Joe”, a fellow AAAN member, the group is “fighting against NATO and all the bad that they have done. We are trying to help get the word out because of what they did against Palestine.”

A house peeks out of morning fog on the top of a hill in Alto Pass, Ill. The house can be seen from the Bald Knob Cross located in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest.

Charlie Smith fixes his bike in frustration in front of the gate where swimmers transition to their bike during the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon qualifier March 19, 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Smith, a 47-year-old attorney from Frederick, Md., finished in 422 place with an overall time of 5:49:24. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run, which adds up to 70.3 miles of total racing.

Charlie Smith fixes his bike in frustration in front of the gate where swimmers transition to their bike during the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon qualifier March 19, 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Smith, a 47-year-old attorney from Frederick, Md., finished in 422 place with an overall time of 5:49:24. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run, which adds up to 70.3 miles of total racing.

A bluegill fish rests under inches of ice Jan. 9, 2011 at Big Bend Lake in Des Plaines, Ill. Other fish that can be found in the lake are Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Yellow Bass and Carp. When the lake freezes over, many people gather to ice fish and have a chance to walk on water. The lake is part of the Des Plaines Division of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Dane Happ, a student in the Masters of Public Administration program from DeKalb, gets the attention of Bosky, a year and a half black labrador retriever, while posing for a portrait at Little Grassy Lake in southern Illinois. Happ has been water foul, deer, and upland hunting since he was eight years old.

Performers recite poetry and song at the Open Mic at Long Branch Coffee House in Carbondale, Ill. Sunday Oct. 26, 2008. The open mic is put on by The Fellowship of Spoken Word / Open Mic Showcase.

A kite surfer spins during a 5 second airtime in the North Atlantic Ocean off of San Juan in Puerto Rico. The waves in March average between seven to eight feet, with three feet overhead to double overhead according to Surfline.

“The first 18 months were the worst,” Judy Askew said, “I celebrate the 50 years together instead of the two years he has been gone.” Askew, the mayor of Brookport, Ill., and her daughter Leah visited the gravesite of Donald Askew for Veteran’s Day Thursday at Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City, Ill. Judy and Leah brought a McDonald’s cheeseburger to the cemetery for the first time to remember his love for the burger. “He was absolutely crazy over McDonald’s cheeseburgers,” Judy said, “This was only appropriate.” According to Judy, there was a cheeseburger placed in Donald’s memory box in his casket. Donald served in the Army as a Colonol and was a presidential advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. “I loved him, he was just super.”

Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman guard Torres Roundtree, right, reacts to a call made by the referee during Nov. 6, 2008 game against Southwest Baptist. The Salukis beat the Bearcats 87-79 in their final exhibition game.

Laurel Kunath takes part in an anti-coal demonstration by holding signs and pretending to die to show the effects of using coal energy in the Free Forum Area on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus. The “die-in” was put on by the SIU Environmental Coalition to show support from students and the community for research for a more sustainable energy source, said Kim Rowan, a senior from Chicago studying geography. “We want to stop the research on clean coal because that is an oxymoron,” Rowan said. Another demonstrator and member of the Environmental Coalition, Michael Jakubowski, said the bell tower is used as the university logo to draw attention away from the coal plant, another tall building on campus. “If there’s anything I can do for the environment, it’s lay down on the ground and hold up a sign,” Kunath said.

A herd of boer goats roams around two acres of land in the early morning on the Bass family property in Cobden, Ill. According to Toby Bass of Bass Farms, there are roughly 12 goats that they got around five years ago and are used just as pets. Bass farms works on property on about 35 locations in southern Illinois and harvests many things including cattle, corn, and strawberries.

A Chicago Blackhawks fan pops a bottle of champagne in celebration of the Stanley Cup win in overtime of game six against the Philadelphia Flyers on June 6, 2010 in Wrigleyville, Ill. Fans flooded the streets of Wrigleyville until the morning hours, blocking main streets like Clark and Addison from allowing cars to drive through.

“The Cross of Peace” sits atop Bald Knob near Alto Pass, Ill. in the dark since the cross’ lights were vandalized on Easter night in 2006.

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