A couple of summers ago, my life long passion for photography came alive in a way that I found difficult to explain at the time. I had always loved photography. Even as a kid, my prized possession was my camera. I was the dorky kid always taking pictures.
A Little History
I was born into photography. My dad was a professional photographer. He had a little studio and darkroom in our basement. I spent many hours in the darkroom, in the days of black and white, helping my dad develop pictures. To this day I still love the smell of “hypo”(ammonium thiosulfate), which for those of you that are familiar know it is not the world’s nicest smell. But it is a smell that brings me back to my childhood and time spend with my dad, just him and me. My brother, sister and I took turns, and often not very happily, posing for dad in the studio so he could practice and get the lighting just right. My dad was always taking pictures around town. He took sports groups, weddings and pretty much anything anyone requested of him. Locally, everyone knew him and his photography. I lived with photography, daily.
My Pivotal Moment
So during this period two years ago when my passion for photography had a rebirth, it become so strong that I couldn’t seem to go one day without some time for shooting. My favorite place to shoot was on Congamond Lake, at sunrise or sunset.
During this period of time, every time I went out to shoot, I felt as if my dad was right there with me. His presence was incredibly strong. The morning that I took this image, that I now call “Celestial Sunrise”, I knew as I stood taking it, that it was a gift from somewhere beyond this earth. It still chokes me up to think about it. As I stood taking the series of photos, I never noticed the silhouette statue of a man in the corner. It just wasn’t visible from my perspective. When I got home and started to look through the images, I then saw the silhouette of the man in the corner of the photo and it very much resembled my dad. At that moment, I knew that I was meant to make photography a bigger part of my life than it has been previously.
So this image for me represents an awakening in me and a divine inspiration. I have been passionately taking photos pretty much daily, ever since. My hope is to provide joy to others through my photography and hopefully make this world a better place.
Additionally, in my entire life I had never entered a photo contest until this past winter. I decided to enter a juried photo contest, and I entered three images. This photo, “Celestial Sunrise” was chosen to be displayed. This was additional affirmation for me that I was on the right path, in particular because it was this photo that already signified so much for me. I was greatly honored, but knew that I hadn’t really taken the photo completely by myself. Thanks Dad….I love you.