I go, see, do, feel. Just like you, I don't want to forget.
I love life and the experiences life throws at me. I love to look back at photos of friends and family and see how they've grown. I love how a single photo can bring back to life all the senses of that moment. For me, my love of photos started with my grandmother's extensive photo albums, spanning back generations. I picked up my first "real" camera in 1993 while photographing scenic points on a family motorcycle trip with a 35mm film camera. Soon after, I photographed a friend for an album cover with a rented Norton strobe kit and I've been hooked ever since.
I created one of my most favorite images in 1995 when I was standing on the back of a flat bed truck in the main square of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Control of the city was being transferred from Israel to the PLO, and it was a moment of hope and enthusiasm for both Israelis and Palestinians, but overshadowed by the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. The bright Christmas festivities, the undulating ocean of black hair below me, the rolling murmur of low voices, singing of the choir in bright red robes singing on risers in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the tasty smells wafting from the street vendors. The experience would likely have faded in my mind without that photograph.
Photography hasn't always been my primary occupation. In 2000, I started an internet company that made mention in Time Magazine while I was simultaneously publishing an international magazine. I've been a musician living and traveling alone in the Middle East and a football mom running up and down the sidelines at Autzen Stadium. I'm a certified Rescue SCUBA diver, I have a black belt in TaeKwondo, and I've experienced the thrill of riding my motorcycle through the corkscrew on the backside of the Laguna Seca track in Monterey, CA. Over time, I have struggled and celebrated, been inspired and discouraged, but my love for imagery has always been with me.
At this point in my life, I've earned a deep appreciation for time. As vivid as "now" is, the reality is that time passes, memories fade and family members grow up. I look at my grnadmother's albums with new appreciation. My son is now sixteen and those sleepless nights of his infancy seem so far away. It's so important to capture those moments with our loved ones, their expressions, their quirks, and their strengths.
Parents need to remember that their kids want you to exist in photos for them too. I feel so lucky that my grandmother documented our family so well. So while you are planning photos of your kids and family, plan a little something extra for yourself.
I would love to help you capture your present!
It's tough to put all my work on one website, so I put an unsorted selection on my Flickr account for those interested. So please feel free to visit my Work Samples album on my Flickr account.