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A Portrait Of My 92 Year Old Grand Mother With An Iphone

by Peter on May 7, 2011

Genevieve and I packed up the car and drove for 9 hours to visit my grandmother, Granny-Pete. Get a load of this. She worked at the same business for over 40 years. 40 YEARS!  Well, she turned 92 a few days ago! It is hard to believe that my grandmother is 92 because she doesn’t “act that way.”  She’s sharp and the only thing she’s loosing is a little bit of her hearing. What’s cool is that her driver’s license doesn’t expire until she turns 96. NOW THAT’S AWESOME!

After staying up a little longer than I should have with my brother I decided to get up the following morning when my Granny-Peter did so that we could spend some time together. (Remember grandpeople get up mighty early) After speaking with her I realized that I was looking at a photograph that would become very important to our family history. Granny-Pete always sits in the same chair that sits next to the same large picture window that has helped my family see the outside world for almost 80 years.  The window points north and the light that bounces in is simply beautiful. Every photograph we have of her is a point and shoot one in a group. We don’t have anything in the past 30 years that is of just her.

After about 30 mins speaking with her I started to rue my decision to not bring my “professional” rig. “How could I be so stupid? Without my nice camera there is no way I’m going to take a meaningful photograph.” I then started to justify taking “the same” photograph on my next visit later in the year. In addition, I justified not using my Iphone because it wasn’t good enough. This may be true but WHO CARES? Moments just don’t happen again? Moments are just that….here and then gone. I’m not talking about her dying but who’s to say that the next time I show up that the weather is going to be the same? Who’s to say that she isn’t going to be sick and won’t feel well enough to take a photograph? Who knows . . . . . ?

You have to take the time NOW. You have to use what you have and shoot the best that you can because the fact of the matter is that a very bad photograph is better than a very nonexistent photograph. There is no excuse for failing to take an opportunity that only requires us to be present. So that ‘s what I did. I grabbed the Iphone and while she was still talking I took the photograph. I did tell her to just “sit there” but other than that  I didn’t pose her. All I did was wait until her habit kicked in and she put her hands under her chin.

This photograph isn’t going to win any awards because it’s not a very “good” photograph. But the fact remains that this photograph is going to be important, treasured and meaningful to our family history because of who is in it.

Leave a comment about what photographic opportunity you were glad you took and one that you wish you had.

For the iphone effects I used http://instagr.am/

 

 

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  • May 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    You are awesome. I only wish that I could drive to see my parents/grandparents. They are all together in Heaven.
    I never pass on an opportunity to photograph family. Ever.
    Safe travels, friend.

    Susan

  • May 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I have to agree with what Sue said. I would LOVE to have my grandparents & my Dad around to hug and have Bob photograph. I miss them so very much. Love this blog post. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Stacy Galle
    May 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Peter I think this is an awesome picture. I love Granny Pete 🙂 I can really see your dad’s face in hers. She is an amazing woman 🙂

  • May 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    …this is beautiful Peter & I couldn’t agree more. This life is no dress rehearsal; we have only but today, so capture & enjoy what and while you can!! I wish digital & iPhones/camera phones were around when my Grandparents & elders were here!!! (oh boy, you don’t know what you’re in for when that baby is placed in your arms!! It’s nothing short of magical). keep shooting!! xoxo

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