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There are many things I have done wrong in my life but the only thing I can confidently say I have been good at is being a father. I have wanted to be one since I can remember. 8, 9, 10 years old maybe? And I have always known I was going to be good at it. This recent trip with them is the culmination of all these years. I do not think we will have something similar ever again. They are changing. They are evolving. It is wonderful to see. We may travel together again but it will be different. They will be more like adults and experience everything as adults and that is very different. Showing them this part of the U.S. was my ultimate gift to them. It took tremendous visible and invisible effort but I think they enjoyed it. Hopefully they will remember it forever.
Spending the weekend teaching these guys about film and photography really made me feel happy again after a long time. My time needs to be more devoted to kids and art and creativity. I am not so successful in dealing with adults. I am amazed at their natural abilities to see things and express themselves in a positive environment. I could spend every day with them and we would have a blast every single time. Looking forward to being with them again in September. Please, if you ever have some extra time and a skill to share or even just a friendly and understanding ear-- volunteer your time. You have no idea how much they appreciate it.
Blue Monday. Masayoshi Naito.
Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, human beings pass on to the 'afterlife' every day. All significant in their own circles of family, friends, colleagues, etc... However, it is challenging to imagine how it must feel to be known, recognized and admired by tens of millions. The pressure, the daily living and even going out to buy a drink must be an ordeal. Being born with a gift and having the drive to present it to the world on that scale is even more difficult to fathom. But this guy did it and then some. A defining artist for so many everywhere. Did he realize his impact? Probably not. How could you?
Rest in Peace. Thank you.
Something magical about the camera and a subject that transcends the pose and the firing of the shutter.
There are poses and there are moments of awareness that a lens is fixed on you.
But then there are moments like this.