Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Babies turn 18 faster than we think

1st drive, Dad's car
London, ON
July 2018
In my mind’s eye, he was just born. But time has a funny way of moving faster than it seems, which largely explains why here we are, 18 years later, wondering how this beautifully perfect little man has morphed into a funny, accomplished, whip-smart and endlessly kind young man.

Noah has always been the kind of kid any parent would wish to have, the kind of person other people like to hang around with, the kind of person who fills the room, changes its temperature and makes you glad you showed up. He’s a great wingman on road trips, a fantastic arbiter of movies and music, and an endlessly loved little brother.

His future is beyond bright, and we couldn’t be more proud not only of who he is, but how he’s become who he is. To say we love this kid barely scratches the surface re. what it feels like to be his parents.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

When we dare to walk behind the supermarket

Load me up
London, ON
July 2018
Photo originally shared on Instagram
I found myself with a bit of extra time to kill on an intermittently raining Saturday morning, so I grabbed my camera and wandered through the neighborhood. I didn't have any set idea of what I was looking for. Instead, I figured the inspiration would hit me as I walked toward it.

Sure enough, it wasn't long before I stepped in a puddle. Some cursing may have been heard as brackish water that may or may have been contaminated with ickiness soaked through my left sock, but I soon refocused on the photographic task at hand. Wet feet may suck, but puddles offer up some pretty cool reflective surfaces.

This one, if we're being brutally honest, it's terribly fascinating. A loading dock at the back of a supermarket doesn't exactly scream, "Shoot me!" But that's why I decided to take the shot anyway. Because it isn't conventionally photo-worthy. Because no one ever wanders back here and takes the shot. Because places like this never get any attention because we've deemed them not worthy of it.

And yet - I say these two words a lot - I found myself drawn to the wrong side of the store. I never even bothered to walk around to the front. I'm sure plenty of other photographers have already picked that side clean.

Your turn: Do you focus on things others might ignore? Please share...