A young woman, a Bay Area photographer I met at a photo workshop, ended her life last week. We spent two days together, at best she was a Facebook acquaintance.
I followed her career, her joys and successes on FB and Instagram. It was clear she had her demons, as do we all, but she was a vibrant and loving soul. I have been reading the love and pain expressed by her friends (again I emphasize I was a brief acquaintance, whatever pain I feel is the pain we all feel when someone dies too soon. ) Her community is mourning. I can’t imagine how her partner and family feel.
I’m not sure why I am writing this blog except that we need to make sure we celebrate our lives, other’s lives, and try to reach out and help anyone who is suffering and feeling unsure and alone. I guess it is also to suggest that the lives we see on FB etc., are not the whole story, certainly not the true story.
As you, my WordPress readers know I have spent many years helping Katherine Alford raise money for River Pool at Beacon as she swims the Hudson. I have, perhaps been a little bit of a nag about that.
This request is different. It is not to help support a cause that cleans up a river and lets underprivileged children swim. It is not to support a child’s last wish. I am quite literally asking you to potentially help save a young girl’s life.
I cannot possibly explain the issue better than Suzie’s dad, Paul Hope, does below.
I will quote this one sentence, however: “But rarer still is the fact that after speaking to experts around the word, we believe that Suzie is one of probably 5 children in history in which we have caught the disease in time to treat, and potentially cure her.”
A dollar, $5, $10, $100 it doesn’t matter. If you can help this family in any way, I ask you to do so.
Ailsa’s Theme this week is delicate. I didn’t know that when I was shooting today in Fort Lee Historic Park but I think I took a number of “delicate” shots. I will go with a few on one theme today and will probably revisit later this week.
Today the theme and variation is being played on foliage.
The park is right on the Hudson
Before I give you the links to other views I wanted to post a song that is, to me, delicate. I realize this is not a word that is usually applied to Nina Simone but there you have it.
We went to the Roof Bar of The Standard Hotel this evening. NYC has a lot of roof bars. The view from here may be the best.
These are quick snaps from the iPhone as I do not have the time tonight to process from my DSLR. I had some fun in Snapseed with them.
If you are downtown in the city, check it out. Looking south over the Hudson to the harbor.
Ask the river, where it comes from? You will get no answer. Ask the river, where is it going? You will get no answer, because the river lives inside this very moment; neither in the past nor in the future, in this very moment only!”
Perhaps you have noticed that i have been posting pictures from the archives. That is simply because I have been living in the digital environment (as someone or other puts it) for the last two weeks. I am trying to finalize this first part of my present journey with The Hudson, seeing what I really have seen and seeing what I need to seek out going forward. It is a very strange thing t look back on three years of photographs. I forgot some that I really love and have fallen out of love with some I adored. Not the model’s fault! Just the wandering eye of the picture maker.
Here are a few pictures of the river that are particularly charming me at the moment.