Friday, November 06, 2009
Under a blood red sky
When the day ends
Laval, QC, August 2009
This is another one of those "before" pictures* that, in the greater context of all that's happened since, takes on a somewhat different meaning. I've had a particular thing for sunrise/sunset pictures since my father first asked me for a copy of a particular sunrise in Colorado a few years back (see here for more background on this photo.)
Since I took that first photo, every time I find myself shooting quickly to capture the fast-changing skies at the beginning or end of the day, I think back to a connection that helped me grow not only as a photographer, but also as a son and as a person. My father enjoyed the results of these adventures, and I enjoyed thinking of what he'd think of them.
Obviously it's all different now. I can't simply post the results to my blog and call him or e-mail him. I can't crinkle my nose at his sometimes-too-honest honesty. Connections take on strange new forms when someone dies, and I think I need to learn what those forms are, and how I can internalize them without turning sad every time they come to mind.
Because it's hard to see through the viewfinder when your eyes are filled with tears.
Your turn: How does photography connect you to the people who matter?
* Please see here, then here for background, or simply click here for the whole series. Click here for more of Thematic Photographic's red-themed week.