At the end of every year it seems fitting to look back and see what has changed and take account of what has been accomplished in our midst. Photography culture is no different. Allen Murabayashi, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Photoshelter took this time to put together a brilliantly introspective look at the whole of photography in the year and highlight some really great points. Here are two of the highlights that stood out from the roundup, which you should surely go take a look at.
Wedding photographer Jason Lee started it: when his mother became ill with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, he wasn’t able to bring his daughters around to see her as often as he would have liked due to their frequent colds. So he created a set of whimsical photos that went crazy viral.
Photo by Jason Lee.
Then Dave Engledow got into the act with a series of images called “World’s Best Father.”
And the incredibly personal #57. The Best Photos Were Still the Most Personal, which is a poignant reminder of why we love photography so much and why we all keep snapping away year after year:
Photographs by other of people you don’t know and places you’ve never been can transport you into another pair of shoes. The images can inform or inspire. But the real reason people take photos themselves is because it creates a connection to a moment in time – some of which are trivial and some of which are milestones etched in our souls for a lifetime.
On Thursday last week, my friend and one of my first employees, Sara Gardner Montrey, died at age 35 from colon cancer. I was fortunate enough to visit her a few days before her passing, and as we lay in her bed talking, her friend Jennifer grabbed my camera and shot this frame of us.
The image, of course, will be meaningless to you. But it will forever be a reminder to me of the value of friendship, and the fleeting and unpredictable nature of life. The photo isn’t a proxy for Sara, but it will be a vivid reminder of our last day together for many years to come.
In Allen’s last post, he recognizes how personal imagery can be just that – personal – but it is also amazing for others to share in and celebrate the things that make us human together. Life, love, and the simple fact of being are brilliantly intertwined in his photoessay. I definitely recommend a read if you have a few moments and want to be uplifted and reminded of what this year meant to us as photographers and people.
Thank you for the unexpectedly heartwarming post Allen,
Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays from The Phoblographer.
(Via The Photoshelter Blog)
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