Thursday, March 24, 2011


I was asked to shoot some pictures for a local service organization. The event was a ceremony to honor a law enforcement officer who was slain in the line of duty a few years ago. I clicked away as the MC read the officer's bio and made the first presentation.

It was about then that I zoomed in on the family and first noticed the pain in their eyes. I was shocked at how intense their emotions were displayed on their faces and I wondered how deep their pain must be. It was disturbing to the point that I stopped taking photos with the family in them. I also deleted a few that I had already taken. That kind of pain does not need to be shared.

I guess time doesn't always heal all wounds.


Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few days. I've been really busy and not really inspired. It happens sometimes, thankfully not often. Regardless, I appreciate your readership.



  1. You don't have the Pulitzer Prize instinct. Neither do I. I'm bothered by photographers who feel their pictures are more important than the people, but perhaps the world seeing photos like this one do more for the plight of people like its subject than if the photographer had put down the camera and tried to help someone who must be beyond help anyway.

  2. Nor do I have the Pulitzer prize talent. I can see how photographers get wrapped up in the shot, especially during intense situations. In situations like these, its just a matter of being aware and then respectful.

    There is a documentary film called The Bridge. It chronicles a year in the life of the Golden Gate bridge and the many people who commit suicide by jumping from it each year.

    One segment discusses a photographer who documented an attempt by a young woman. It took him a few moments to figure out what was going on, then another few moments to make a change from photographer to rescuer. He ended up saving the woman's life, but had he remained in camera mode, she would have been history.

    BTW, The bridge is an amazing documentary, it enlightened me on some aspects of suicide. It can be viewed in 9 segments on you tube.

    Thanks for stopping by Aviatrix and good luck. BTY is the Whippet you referred to in your posts a Metroliner perhaps?