I have the great honor of photographing this weekend’s Puget Sound Honor Flight. We are heading to D.C. in the morning with 31 World War II veterans so they can see the war memorials for the first time! We hit the WWII memorial first thing in the morning. We began the journey at SEATAC where I took portraits and, along with some fellow photogs, followed the group to the gate as we were escorted by full dress, honor guard. When we arrived at BFW, two fire trucks created an arc of water over the plane as a welcome. The veterans were met with a flag waving crowd and cheers from the entire airport. It was all very moving and we haven’t even gotten to the memorials yet.
I had the honor and privilege to spend Memorial Day with 30 World War II veterans for a pre-game event by the Mariners. These guys are amazing and I hope my images capture the spirit that still thrives in each one of them.
There are times in your life, even your day, that you just need to breath. It’s not hard… in, out… in out. But because of all the noise pollution surrounding us, we forget how. In this way, photography mirrors life. It is so easy to walk around with your camera, so determined to “get that shot” that we forget to breath and, thus, forget to see. We can be so focused on getting that one, great image in our head, that we can’t see it even if it is right in front of the lens. Thus, too, is life. Human beings need a moment to step back, walk slowly and simply breath so we can see what’s right before us. We can be so focused on the next move, next big shot, that we completely fail to see the incredible moment right before our eyes. It is on all levels. Heck, the U.S. government could use a breather so we, as a nation, can see what could be before us instead of focusing only on the present. So that’s what I’m going to do… breath. Care to join me?