The Day My Mother Lived

My mother is strong. She is kind. She is patient. She has cancer.

This morning my mother received the results of her biopsy. She was diagnosed with cancer of the breast. I received a phone call from my mother and the tears were held back only by the brevity of the conversation. After a moments of stunned silence, I reached for my phone and called my family, not so much to deliver the news, but to hear familiar voices. More moments of silence followed by tears and more silence, a long shower and silence.

My ability to express myself through written word has atrophied as my I've taken up photography. I recorded the day's events and emotions in a manner most comfortable to me: through the lens (or perhaps hide behind it). Forgive the length and haphazardness of this post as I've hardly had time myself to digest the day.



The Goods

I'm not going to lie, one of the things that attracted me to photography was the tech behind it. I love gadgets and cameras are amongst the coolest. Having six pounds of camera equipment in your hands is a feeling like no other. With that said, there is much more to photography than fancy new cameras or lenses, it's about vision.

Want proof? Take a look at the rise of iPhone photographers out there. Cameras are everywhere and they are allowing a new generation of photographers to express their vision with minimal barrier to entry. Everyone now has the tools to explore photography. Does that mean that professional photographers are going to show up with an iPhone in each hand ready to shoot for the cover of GQ? Not really.

Professionals have professional equipment for a reason: it offers more flexibility and options. These options become avenues in which to explore one's vision. A top of the line camera won't make you a better photographer, but it will allow you the freedom to execute your vision.

So what brings me to say all this? New equipment of course. I am now a lucky owner of an AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II. I'm no camera reviewer, but I will say that I absolutely love this lens and hope these pictures speak for themselves.