About this time last year I learned how to develop film and print my own images in the darkroom. I wanted to give my first finished picture to my dad for his birthday on June 23rd. I agonized over which image to choose. I finally decided on this iris and spent weeks perfecting my chemical baths, lights, and dodging and burning to create a portrait I was proud to give him.
I have just experienced my first Father’s Day without my father. He passed away July 7th, 2006 from lung cancer at age 60. I miss him immensely and wish I could share many more pictures with him.
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Jim Valvano
p.s. I wish I had more pictures of my Dad – take your camera with you every single time you see your parents. You won’t regret it.