My precious memories from 2017
From left to right...
1) In memory of my mom, who lost her battle with cancer. (And in memory of three other friends I lost this year to cancer.) The photo was taken at Fort Vancouver, WA. My mom just happened to be passing through the portal of ivy and I took the shot. It was the key photo at her memorial service.
2) Getting back into photography with a shoot for Pilates ProWorks in Burlingame. Shot on location at their fitness studio in Burlingame. The light hit just right, casting an amazing shadow, so I asked their receptionist to stand in that spot so that I could capture the image.
3) A photo shoot for the band Dirty Cello, just prior to their UK Tour. They are an amazing band! The photo shoot took place at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley. I'm very familiar with this location because it's the turn-around point for the Double Dipsea, a race that I've done three times.
4) A mermaid shoot in Little Yosemite in Sunol, CA.
5) 1930s Hollywood Glamour photo shoot at Sonoma Valley Airport.
6) 1940s Vintage Traveler photo shoot at Sonoma Valley Airport.
7) Photographing trains in Tokyo, Japan. This shot was taken at the Kawasaki Train Station.
8) Bethlehem AD in Redwood City. (More discussion of the Bethlehem AD photo set in the next few weeks.)
9) Getting back into what got me into photography in the first place: Half Marathons with Brazen Racing. I've found that running with the Brazen Racing family is a good way to deal with grief, because it's getting back to the familiar. And sometimes that's what people need when they're grieving. It's me against the trail, but I'm not alone. I'm never alone.
May you look back on 2017 and savor the memories. Each memory is a precious one, and whether happy or sad, memories are, like Ray Bradbury said in his book "Dandelion Wine"
"The words were summer on the tongue.
The wine was summer caught and stoppered."
May the memories of 2017 be like dandelion wine to you, to be opened on occasion, so that you can remember.
Happy New Year!