What scares me about my own personality some times is how I can go from my mother passing away and very personal events in my life to this morning's post with Zippy the Chimp!
I always have something in the pipeline for those days when I can't think of what to write about, but I was cleaning the garage yesterday and this picture dropped out a box I was about to throw away. It got me smiling and laughing over some of the dumb-ass stunts I've pulled in my career and it just seemed appropriate to share my mood swing from yesterday with all of you.
The shot was taken in the 80's at a Polaroid Sales Meeting. It was the closing night's party for approximately 350 people who made up Polaroid's domestic sales team and I was given the assignment to put the party together. Well, we made it a safari party and everybody had to come appropriately dressed. For props we had a thousand rubber snakes and alligators all over the place. We had a twelve foot screen playing the original Tarzan movies, even a tree house on scaffolding in the middle of the room for the DJ.
We needed one more great prop! My boss at the time signed off on $5000 to bring in Zippy the Chimp for the evening. At the time Zippy was a star from Letterman's show, because he roller skated while taking pictures with a Polaroid One Step camera. So, in I walked with my celebrity date for the night, hand in hand with Zippy the Chimp.
Believe it or not, there's actually a point this morning and it ties back to the magic you guys bring to the world every day. It's all about the power of a photograph.
I look at this image and smile ear to ear. I can see the way we had the room decorated. I remember the two knuckleheads who came to the party with surf boards in surf attire saying, "We thought it was a surfin' safari theme!" I remember people I used to work with and name after name comes up as I wonder, "Where are they today?" I wonder if Zippy is still around - I have no idea how long chimps normally live. And then I wonder what happened to my black hair...
So, the next time you think you're just a photographer - think again. You're a magician, capturing moments out of time and giving us a gift of an intangible moment we can hold onto forever.
This photograph showed up a second time when my family threw me a surprise 50th birthday party and I remember my mother laughing over the shot and embarrassed that her son was such a hot dog! So, maybe my theme today isn't so out of line after all !
Happy Sunday everybody - make it a great day.