It's Throwback Thursday, and here's an old favorite, all thanks to one of the industry's most favorite people, Helen Yancy.
I was never much of a fan of the watercolor look in images. Going back almost twenty years ago, they just weren't my style. Well, they weren't until I got one of the most beautiful gifts from Helen! My grandson was only two or three years old, and we were on the Cape. The images on the right are what I sent her.
Talking to her about the joys of being a grandparent, she had asked me to send her a couple of prints. A few weeks later, at WPPI '04, she presented me with an oversized print of the image above - printed on beautiful paper, matted and framed.
This print became one of my most cherished memories for several reasons. First, it was created by a wonderful friend. Helen's a special person, and I feel blessed to have her in my life.
Second, it's proof of Jodi Picoult's quote about photographs, which I've shared so many times before.
"This is what I like about photographs. They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect."
And third, things happen over the years that you never see coming. My kids and grandchildren haven't been a part of my life for many years. The reasons no longer matter, but being estranged from family members who were once my primary focus puts old photographs at maximum value. My grandson's in college now, but that doesn't change how wonderful the trip down Memory Lane can be.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
PS: I just discovered I shared this in a shorter version throwback post seven years ago, but I'm going to run it again anyway - just the post from the past makes it a throwback!
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