Summer eases away almost without anyone noticing. The days gradually get shorter. The temperatures slowly become cooler. Sunsets don’t linger as long and the colors, deep orange, forest green, and royal blue, begin to gray.
We’ve enjoyed this summer perhaps more than most in recent memory. I’ve actually gotten out and taken pictures with real people in them, something that is important not only in any sense of maintaining a portfolio but from the social aspect of extending my attention outside my own center of reality. There’s no way to describe how difficult an effort it has been to make those calls, extend those invitations to shoot, to force myself to sit down and edit the pictures, not because I don’t like them, but because as I get older I’m realizing that, like summer, parts of me are slipping quietly away into some etherial grayness.
I was embarrassed this week when I came across one of the delightful young women we shot back in May. I didn’t recognize her. She looked familiar, to be sure, but for what may be the first time in my life it did not click in my head that she had spent a couple of hours in front of my camera just a few months ago.
I want to think that I’ll remember every model and every shoot. I want to remember Krista, her easy smile, her pleasant conversation, the little gray kitten that wandered into our scene, the late summer breeze in her hair, the sailboats out on the lake. I want to remember these pictures, the ambers, and oranges that filled my frame, the depth of shadows in the black and white, the tonal depth as we chased to finish the final look before the sun completely disappeared. I want to remember to invite her to work with us again.
Summer’s ending is a reminder that our lives eventually move on to something else. Not that one gives up or retires, but that our focus, of necessity, begins to change. As that inevitably happens, it is to our advantage to have pictures like these that help us remember the smiles, the fun, the challenges, and the satisfaction of preserving these moments in time in a beautiful and dynamic manner.
We need more pictures, pictures of the people and things around us, photographs that make us smile, images that remind us that our lives have breadth and impact and meaning, even if we don’t always remember what name goes with that face that looks so very familiar.
Click on the thumbnails so you can view the images full screen. They deserve that attention. You deserve that experience.