Day 365 of 365 – The Swan Song

The End

The End

Well, this is it. The final episode of a year long venture.

I wasn’t sure what the end would look like but, as chance would have it, I had spent the evening at Doug & Betty’s partying and making loud music with friends of 40+ years. In the cold, grey light of morning as I looked out the kitchen window, I saw this image & went after it. (Looks best in full screen.)

Symbolically – leaving the confines of the yard to strike out on another adventure. I won’t simply be wandering off into the sunset to disappear. I’ve decided to take on a project – yet to be defined – but it will involve people. People live their experiences and tell their stories. Maybe I can capture some of that.

The past year has been a challenge and a learning experience with the odd day (or days) of frustration and yearning for it to end, but mostly satisfaction at capturing some images that I like. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve achieved what I set out to do – reinvigorate my passion for shooting. Along the way I have realized that, as an art form, photography takes effort, knowledge and continual learning. As with a traditional art form, simply taking a picture or making marks on paper do not an artist make. The effort is a combination of indulging the artistic eye with as much background & technical information as one can possibly call on to make it work.

So, thank you to the folks who have shared my view of the world around me, have commented on it and have decided to follow this adventure. It’s been a kick start to whatever comes next. And it has been a heck of a documentary on one year of my life.

November 17, 2013

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Day 359 of 365 – Remembrance Day

Veteran

Veterans

Human nature has it that there have always been those who would oppress and those who will resist. Freedom is something that we inherently seek out and struggle to maintain. Remembrance Day is a way to bring to light the sacrifices made in the fight for liberty and to teach the young about simple freedoms. One day a year is really not enough; however, it seems that honoring our veterans and their efforts is becoming more widespread.

What these 3 images mean to me:
– reflections of a veteran, many of whom do not speak of the horrors they have lived through;
– the young who believe that service in the defense of their country is a personal calling;
– respect for those who have sacrificed personal comfort and even their lives and teaching the young that it counts.

Medic

Medic

Honor the sacrifice

Honor the sacrifice