Grandpa and I
I was perusing my usual photo blogs this Saturday morning and I cam across this quote:
"On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut $39+tip, and colored $65, Thursday I had my nails done $24, my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for unnecessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you."
After reading this, it occurred to me how ephemeral things we do are. Yet, I still have photographs of my parents getting married on the wall. My Dad passed away a few years ago but the wedding image of my young parents is still there. I have the image of my grandpa, who passed away about 40 years ago holding me on his shoulder when I was but an infant. The people are gone but their images and their memories are still there.
Portraits are in fact forever.
via The Value of Photography: Portraits Are More Than Paper.