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A Significant Project

Published January 17th, 2012

As I near my stated goal of an affection rating of 500, I wanted to share my latest project with my friends on 500px:

I was never close to my Father. He was a professional photographer and travelled the country shooting photos for scenic color postcards in the 1940's and 1950's. He and my Mom divorced when I was 9 years old, in 1950. He didn't bother to stay in touch very well, didn't support my Sister and I as we were growing up, and rarely called. I suffered a lot from this total lack of concern.

Recently, I awoke one morning thinking about the relationship that my Father and I didn't have, when it dawned on me that we shared something very intimate that could help me forgive him, even love him. That was our passion for Photography. In fact, I remember now that he gave me my first camera when I was 6 years old, and I loved that camera.

During this year, the 100th anniversary of his birth, I plan to hold an exhibit which I will call "The Connection". I will showcase his work and my work, side by side, in a venue that is not yet selected. I plan to put together a dramatic reading where I will talk to him, about my childhood, about my stressful years after the divorce, and about the idea that struck me last week. I now truly believe that it was because of my Father that I have been given the gift of photography.

Of course, I plan to end the reading with, "Dad, I Love You".


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