october 10, 2017

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“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” ~ Alan Cohen


carry on


We assembled at a nearby church after Uncle Greg’s funeral. After I had finished eating, Uncle Harold – twin to Uncle Darrell – approached me and said, “I don’t know if anyone has ever thanked you for what you do, but I want to thank you for all the pictures you take of the family.” I was deeply touched. Others have thanked me, but it’s always nice to hear it, especially from one as reserved as Harold. I remarked that he was noticeably absent from Charlene and Tony’s wedding photos. Then I giggled and began snapping. As usual when my camera appears, he recoiled (a typical reaction), but I caught him anyway (that also usually happens). I keep a 40mm pancake lens on my camera for ease of transport. I compose the images in the camera rather than cropping afterward. This combination requires close proximity to the subject, and it changes the dynamic of everything. This technique can, and does often, feel invasive, even for me (and I’m behind the camera). Yet this intimate exchange has everything to do with the essence of the image. Expressions range from hilariously candid to affectionately beautiful, but they always reveal some truth about the person being photographed. It separates the men from the boys, if you will. It demands that we each let our guard down in an act of trust for the briefest of moments. Not everyone can do it, and those that do are often surprised at how good they look. That isn’t about me. That’s about them. It’s the kindness of who they really are, and it’s a profound honor when they let me see it. As I like say, I’m just a reflection.

4 Responses

  1. Lois Wilson

    Harold is correct, you are always taking pictures or doing something , so thank you again.

  2. Brenda Patrick Ford

    But as I see it you do a awful big part. The pic are so real and of everyone do what they do best. The family are so blessed to have you, because of the wonderful pic the family memories will always live on. God Bless you Kopan. You were a wonderful niece and you are a wonderful friend. Love you Kopan ?

    • Kopana

      awww thank you SO much. I love you, too. Peace to you and yours always (and thanks for three of the best cousins anybody could ask for!!!!).

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