Though many of these shots qualify under the 'Saturday Shadows' theme, I'm actually making a point here. Those of you who have read the descriptions with previous uploads will have heard me rant against my most hated photos - 'Me Ats' those oh so popular images of grinning people draped in front of notable landmarks. Well, while I am still averse to that kind of ego photography recent events have forced a rethink.
When Garrath (GarrathE, my husband) was diagnosed with cancer last year I obviously had to face the possibility of losing him and I realised that my aversion to people shots meant that I had very few images of him. Fortunately, with the aid of an excellent surgeon and good hospital care (thank you Mr Steward and the staff of The Yorkshire Clinic) he pulled through, but it was a salutary reminder that disaster could strike at any time.
So to my point.
Photography isn't just about technical mastery, perfect composition, winning competitions, peer approval and the like. It is about encapsulating treasured moments, beloved people, friends, pets and the things we hold most dear in images that we can treasure long after the moments and the individuals have gone. I urge you, please, to think of this and take images of those people, things and events before you lose them, preferably not
draped in front of some landmark grinning inanely, but doing what they do, being who they are!
So here they are, technically imperfect images of the people (human and otherwise) whom I hold most dear, including the new, slimline version of Garrath. You may not like the images but I do hope that you take the point.
Tags: Photo journalism
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