I can be an overly sentimental person. I know this. I once kept a gas receipt for 10 years because it had my dad's signature on it. 😂
For those that don't know, my daddy died when I was 17 and it (obviously) affected me very deeply. It resulted in years of therapy, abandonment issues, and anxiety. But more importantly: it made me more compassionate, more aware of how important it is to take advantage of the time we have, and more determined to tell the people I love that I love them as much as possible.
His death is also the reason I ever picked up a camera in the first place. He was an amateur photographer and I picked up photography after he died as a way to feel close to him when I just wanted to hug him or hear his voice. Today I found a photo album of his life from birth until he married my mother, written in my grandmother's handwriting.
If I could explain in one feeling why I do what I do as a photographer, it would be the feeling I had looking through this book today. I cannot explain the feeling and the lightness of spirit. Print your photos, people. Write about your memories. Don't let them live and die on your hard drive.
My mom is no longer in a place mentally where she can share these things with me. My grandmother passed a few years ago. This is all I have. And it is more valuable than gold. ❤