I was watching “She’s All That” this past Sunday and one of the underlying conflicts of the main character is the pressure he feels to continue in the footsteps of his father. You see examples everywhere of fathers putting undo stress on their sons to do what they do… to love what they love… to continue where they’ll leave off. It’s easy for me to say I will never do that BUT, if I’m honest, I have to say that it is a powerfully moving thing when Connor displays certain aspects of my personality. Is it vanity? Probably. Is it Pride? Absolutely. Is it okay? Only with the strictest sensitivity I suppose. I experienced a moment of pride like this last Saturday at the Crocs Tour Concert Series featuring Fabolous, One Republic, a great new band from New York called Session and a local band, Solace. I had been trying to get Connor to look through the viewfinder of a camera for couple months and finally that day I just stuck the camera up in front of his face and he put his eye to it like he’d be doing it since birth. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted everyone to see it. With his eye pressed to the cup like a pro he started composing his shots and I just pushed the button. Now, Connor doesn’t have to grow up to be a photographer but in that instant I had his entire future planned out. I could imagine us shooting the Super Bowl side by side and bushwhacking trough a jungle eating bugs, climbing trees and covering a Michael Faye… esque explorer as he documents a new route through a remote region of Africa. My mind really works that fast… are you impressed? Below are two photos. The first is a photo Natalie took of Connor and I at the beginning of the night when he became a photographer. The second is a shot Connor took of Fabolous. It’s pretty well composed and low angle and dept give the viewer a very personal experience of the concert. It’s actually one of my favorite shots out of all 1,900+ images captured that night. Not bad for his first assignment.
This photo was taken yesterday (4.27.08) at the Spring Football Game by Nat on her phone. He was actually pressing the shutter release this time. He really liked the sound it made. BTW, pretty decent quality out of a phone.