Another year complete, October 1, 2009 to September 30,2014 – a photo everyday, thank you for looking. The picture changed a few times today, had a few ideas, see the dog and look at his tags below, I ended up with this. As for the words, I have a guest blogger since it’s a special occasion, my friend Ray took some time out of his busy schedule to share some thoughts on photos… thanks Ray. I hope you all stick around for the next year.
From Ray: A Life in Pictures
We can only hope for a book in the end entitled “(Your Name Here): A Life in Pictures”. Or, at least, that’s how I look at it. Pictures, or photographs, depending on your preference to the medium, have always been an important part of my life. It started with a Polaroid in the 70’s that was bigger than my actual head, but somehow I squeezed off a few good shots. In the 80’s it was a Kodak Disc camera which was futuristic looking and fit right in my back pocket. In the 90’s I owned my first Minolta 35 mm that was used for a small aerial photography business I had for a couple years. Then came the digital years which brings us to today and at least a million pictures later. Even when the camera wasn’t in my own hand I encouraged those around me to capture whatever moment we were in. From family vacations to school field trips to teenage shenanigans to weddings to births and so on and so on.
For me, being able to relive an event through pictures is the next best thing to living through it. A photograph is what keeps a memory alive and vivid. A split second captured for all eternity to relive over and over again at one’s own leisure. Sometimes the stories grow taller as the viewings of the photograph become less frequent but the stories, and certainly the visuals, still remains true to its original memory. A place in time that will never be again but shall live on for eternity. Through albums and shoeboxes and, now, hard drives, we reminisce about the “good ol’ days”. Better days perhaps. Or days long gone for the better. We have visual proof of the moments that shaped who we have become or who we could have been. A photograph serves as proof that we lived and how we lived, how we loved, how we chose to embrace the world around us. It tells the story of us. Ray Auger: A Life in Pictures is the book I want published about me when I’m gone. I want to show the world how I lived and how I loved. Luckily for me I have become close to a wonderful photographer and a better friend over the past few years who can spearhead this task. He possesses some of my most favorite photographs taken of me and my beautiful little life. He asked me to do this great honor on the celebration of an important milestone in his career and life and I can’t thank him enough for that. Happy anniversary to Tim Rice and his Dailypic! Here’s to a another 5 years and then some! Thanks for the memories my friend…