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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Photo  “Macro 15,” Gallery/Macro Photography Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♡

I have loved snapping photos, as most of us do, all my life.  When I was a little girl, I was given a Kodak Pocket Instamatic.  It was tiny and came with little decorative stickers. I loved that little camera. I used it so much the trigger mechanism broke. I sent it to the company and said I would pay whatever it cost to fix it.  I sent them all the money I had at the time (one dollar and some coins).  I even wrote a contract and signed it promising to pay the rest over the course of my life.  They sent me back a brand new camera.  There was no note in the package, so I can only hope their accountants won’t discover the error 40 years later and decide it’s time I paid this bill.

In high school, I joined a photography club.  I think it turned out to be me (a freshman) and three sophomore boys.  To raise money for our club, I came up with the idea of “putting a hit” on a subject.   Say you wanted a candid shot of the cute high school quarterback.  You filled out a contract, and one of our “shooters” would do the rest.  I was a big fan of spy novels and action movies, so it seemed like a great idea — at the time.  It was successful, too, until the principal got wind of it.

When I began to follow Richard’s blog, I noticed he was posting assignments from photography school.  When I hear the words “Photography School” I feel the way I imagine Harry felt when he heard “Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.”  I wrote Richard a note asking a lot of questions about how to improve my own photography.  He wrote back generously and at length with some great advice.  I was touched and very grateful.

Not so long ago, Richard did a series of photos of the homeless people he met in London.   “Homeless People Are Only Invisible If We Choose to Ignore Them.” I felt intimately connected to every single soul because of the compassionate and respectful way Richard treated his subjects.  He took the time to ask questions and get permission to take the photos.  He learned a little about their lives.

I hope you will visit Richard’s wonderful blog, Photo Sociology.  It is not just about photography, but about the life of a transparent, brave and beautiful soul whom I am happy and proud to know.

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