Growing up it was always a dream to have a Great Dane. I remember like it was yesterday driving on that rainy day right before my 13th birthday to pick up my dog. As a 13 year old life could not have been any better...I decided to name the dog after my favorite super hero, spiderman. I was a bit of non-conformist so I decided to name him Spyder. This past May, Spyder had to be put down at the ripe old age of 13 years due to old age (which is well over the average life span of one). Right before my dad went to have him put down I went over to shoot a couple images. It was among the hardest things that I have ever had to shoot and I cried like I seldom do. To photograph someone just hours before the time at which they will be no more.
Looking back I am reminded of the purpose that I have as a photographer. To capture life through the good and the bad. That life is not just full of joy and laughter, but also through sorrow and tears.
Over the last 31 days I had a goal to simply shoot and share more of life. I just want to say thanks for allowing me to take this month to share more than just my professional work. Thanks for the encouragement that I have received from so many people and I look forward to sharing more in the future.
This month has encouraged me to get more into the story that is constantly around me. I hope that this encourages you as well, whether or not you are a photographer, to seek out to capture the stories that we have the privelidge to live in every day.
Leica M8 | 24mm Summilux