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Jan 02, 2018
Late last week, after days of over-indulging in turkey, taters, chocolate, eggnog and Netflix, I starting thinking about what sort of image would be appropriate to start off the new year.
Outside it was cold, windy, and bucketing down rain. I could barely see the trees in my backyard, yet alone the hills across the valley.
It was midday and it was dark. Like, seriously dark -- grab a headlamp, turn on the headlights type dark. Not quite apocalypse dark, but you get the idea…
So I grabbed a handful of sugar cookies (thanks Heather!) and fired up my computer. Looking for inspiration. Looking for an excuse to delay the next Netflix binge. Avoiding burying myself in bed under a mountain of down duvets and hibernating until mid-February (when I head off to Tanzania).
And I came across this image.
Then I glanced out my window — nothing but grey monotone nothingness.
And I looked back at this image. The colours spoke to me. The light leapt into my eyes. The beautiful fall foliage twisted my dour frown into a whole-hearted, uninhibited smile. And the world felt like a good place again.
I thought about all I had to be thankful for in 2017: my family, my friends, my continuing good health, my photographic adventures to Holland, France, Tanzania and Madagascar.
I thought about all the people I’ve met in poorer parts of the world who are not surrounded by such riches. And I thought that photography has the ability to add a little cheer to everyone’s day — no matter where you live.
To me, the only important measuring stick for a photographic image is in the impact it has on its audience. This image is a bright, cheerful, joyous image and it’s exactly what I needed to see that grey day last week. It still feels pretty good today so I thought I should share it with everyone.
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