My Why

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I believe that we should all have a why. What I mean is, why do we do the thing we do?  And you can't say money. Money is a result of what we do.  I live in the real world and yes, I would love to take photos full time and support myself and my family with this crazy and wild obsession of mine, but that is not why I do what I do.

 

I didn't fully grasp my why until recently, and in order for you to fully understand it, I need to take you on a short journey.  I picked up my first camera at the age of seven. It was a Browning box camera with a terrible light leak, but I loved it and took that thing everywhere, snapping pictures whenever I could scrape together enough money for film.  When I was ten my baby brother Eric, who was two at the time, died of cancer. My family had very few photographs of him, and as a grown adult I can actually only remember one of them.  It wasn't until recently, after my older brother passed away, that I wondered where the photos were, only to discover they have been lost forever.  I would love to have a photo of Eric, but that is simply not going to happen.  So my why is simply this; to capture the memories; to freeze time in that moment and preserve forever, the happiness, the joy, and the laughter every day.