In the past five years, I’ve taken over a half million photos. I’m not sure how many pictures I’ve snapped in the past 20 years of my photography endeavors, but I’m pretty sure it’s over a million at this point. Most of these images have never been seen. I deleted or tossed them in the trash years ago, because they were just not very good.
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had time to visit with family and look through some old photos that were lying around and I got to thinking about how many of my images just die a digital death. I rarely print my own photos and they just stay frozen on my computer like Han Solo in a carbonite fridge! The Force Awakens will be in movie theaters later this year and I want to “awaken” some of my images that have been buried alive.
I’ve been blessed to travel throughout the United States, and I’ve seen and photographed a lot of beautiful people, places, and things. Over the course of this year, I plan to revisit some of these wonderful subjects that I’ve captured in the past. I’ll continue to post my latest work, but check back often (possibly daily…) for a look back at some of my images from days gone by.
I’m going to start this endeavor with a photo I didn’t take. In fact, it was shot many years before my mom was born. The image you see below is of my Grandpa Hale. He passed away in 2005, but it doesn’t seem like he’s been gone 10 years. He was a wonderful man that helped me learn so many things.
This image was taken while he was stationed in Dallas, Texas, during World War II. He was in the Navy and was very proud of his service to our country. This image is what inspired me to begin this project. Over Christmas, my mother dropped a frame that contained one of her wedding pictures. When the frame dropped, it broke the glass and her picture fell to the floor. When she went to clean the mess, she found this photo and another of my grandfather behind her wedding picture. She has no memory of placing it there. There is no telling how long it’s been hidden behind her wedding photo. I got to thinking at that point…I’m a photographer…I take pictures…I need to share more than I already do…so that’s my 2015 New Year’s resolution. I plan to share many more photos this year. I hope to post daily but sometimes my schedule may not permit me to do this so I don’t want to set a goal that I know is unobtainable. I do plan to post regularly and I hope folks will check back often to see my latest posts. I probably will not write as much as I did here because hopefully the photos will do most of the talking.
Here’s to 2015 and may the force be with you!!!