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I'm from the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I was a woodworker for about 12 years. Well, up until I had the rug pulled out from under my feet, and I was laid off. I got back into photography in 2008 and decided to give that a try professionally, but haven't made any money so far because rednecks, white trash, and hicks are cheap. So, I'm working in a local grocery store where some days I hear and see the craziest stuff. I tend to complain a lot about things, but I'm too poor to afford a good therapist. So, I decided to make a blog and complain online to all of you instead. But I digress. I really just wanted to do the blog to share ideas and stories with the interwebz. =D
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Observation On The Value Of Photography

I find it ironic when people post photos of their parents and relatives on Facebook that were taken ages ago, yet they don't want to pay for photographic services these days. It's so crazy when high school aged kids post photos of their parents when they were their age. You know, back before mom's thighs got to be the size of tree trunks? Back before the all years of work and stress of raising kids took away her good looks? Before dad's hair fell out and he took on the shape of a pregnant lady in her second trimester? The kids are all "Wow! So weird. My dad was on the football team that made state." or "Check this out. My mom was captain of the varsity football cheerleaders, and won homecoming. She was so pretty then!" So yeah, mom and dad have photographs that their mom and dad likely shelled out some money for. Sure, it might have been less money then, but then again, gas was under a buck for a gallon too.

Parents, do you not want your grandchildren to see really well made photographs of how pretty your daughter was when she was on the cheerleading squad? Or, is it more important that you shell out for her to go eat at Outback in the middle of the week with the girls???

Students, do you ever think your children will post your iPhone photos on Facebook 20 years from now and say the same things about you? Do you even think those photos will still be around?

The harsh reality is that if you don't put some sort of value into an actual professionally printed photograph, then you will surely regret it when you are older. Remember all that "Carpe diem" mumbo-jumbo that ALL seniors of ANY high school write about in ANY yearbook? You'd better be paying attention before you wake up and you're 35 and you have nothing but crappy iPhone photos to show for your high school years.

And parents - Again - Don't let it go by either because your kids are your kids, and you and I both know that they have their heads up their butts worrying about who's dating who and all...



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