PORTFOLIO AND PROJECTS

Chris Duesing

I am interested in a lot of things.

My wife says that I collect hobbies, but I think of them all as future career training.

For instance, I was working as a short order cook and house painter when I taught myself to program. Twenty some years later I have had a fascinating and varied career as a programmer!

The internet has made learning almost anything possible, and I would not be where I am today in my career (or hobbies) without the contributions of countless other people. This is my attempt to share and give back a bit of what I have learned… and maybe to show off some of the things I’ve made that I am most proud of.

Entrepreneurship

Two decades as a programmer, a passion for learning new things, and a phenomenal co-founder culminated in an attempt to build a substantial, beneficial business. Along the way I had 5 failed startups, went through Techstars Chicago (formerly Excelerate), read countless books, and learned about product, SEO and content marketing the hard way.

Mercaris

Bringing transparency to Organic and non-GMO agriculture markets. An eight year journey of self discovery named Mercaris.

Photography

A timeless preservation of moments that started as a failure to take a decent product picture. After many years, countless photographs, a dozen cameras, and one tiny gallery show in the Netherlands I have a few thoughts on photography.

Street Photography

My street photography portfolio.

Chicago Street Photography Collective

Rescue Dogs

After years without a pet, and an impasse on the acquisition of a dog at home, I began to volunteer to get my dog fix. I took pictures: my rescue dog portfolio

One Tail at a Time, where I volunteered, is one of the most generous and wonderful organizations I have ever come across.

Still Life Photography

Tying my love of photography in to my growing interest in online fiction. The merger of analog and digital, not to mention a nice change of pace from candid photography of people in the streets. Coming soon.

Almost Fine Art

I have had a creative pursuit of one form or another for most of my life. In childhood it was drawing. I added writing as a teenager and coding as a young adult. In my 30s I discovered photography. When I was approached on Instagram about a gallery show, it really got me thinking about whether the things I was doing would be considered art by anyone but me. I began to think of my work as almost fine art.

Fiction

Art and Technology

I have been playing with GPT-3 based tools, both to help out with writing articles, but more interestingly perhaps is the poetry and prose.

Reading Recommendations

I’ve read a lot of great books, but these are the ones that I can’t stop thinking about, so I have started compiling lists. Perhaps my fiction recommendations can help find something you can’t put down.