Remembering

Sorry this is a day late, but I had the chance to go see baseball with a friend from college and some new friends.  The blog is very important, but hey, it is not baseball. This last weekend we went to Boston for a joyous occasion, Roger’s daughter got married.  Our friend Tony Gibson was the wedding photographer and although there were a lot of cameras there, it is not my place to steal any of their thunder especially since Sarah threatened my life if I did!  There won’t be any wedding photos here.   No, this is just going to be a quick reminder on a couple of really fun upcoming events and then one solemn reminder of how far we have yet to go.

Next week is Photoshop World in Las Vegas!   This will be the first time I have gone to the West Coast version and I am curious to see what the differences will be.  There is still time to join a few thousand of your newest best photo buddies and have your brain crammed so full that it hurts.   Sign up at www.Photoshopworld.com  and plan to spend 12-18 hours a day learning stuff.  They have tracks on the business of photography, lighting, video, Lightroom and of course a lot of Photoshop.   It is not cheap, but you certainly get more than your money’s worth.  This year that is even truer than ever as Adobe is giving away a year’s free subscription to the complete Creative Cloud for all attendees.  That would cost you $600 dollars, so PSW really pays for itself right there.

Once you get back from PSW, you will want to put all that knowledge to work.  What better way than to join us once again in Williamsburg on the morning of 5 October in Williamsburg VA for the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk?   Our page is at http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/williamsburg-va-united-states/  and there is still plenty of room. 

Now back to Boston.  Sarah and I wandered through the kitsch that is now Quincy Market on Friday evening.  She had read a blurb that the Boston Holocaust memorial was worth a visit and it was just around the corner.  It is directly across the street from the Union Oyster House in a park located on the traffic divider on Congress Street.  The architecture is strangely simple; Six metal and glass towers, surrounded by grey stones, at least that is how it first appears.  Each of the towers represents a major concentration camp and each glass pane is engraved with rows and columns of seven digit numbers.  It is not until you realize that these represent the numbers tattooed onto the arms of the millions of victims, does the full power impact you.

Bright skies but dark history

Bright skies but dark history

Each tower has quotes from survivors or diaries describing an aspect.  The surrounding stones are carefully arranged and grey, like the uniforms of the prisoners.

Gray stones all alike but each unique

Gray stones all alike but each unique

Today, here in the United States we marked the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”.   We have made remarkable progress as a nation, but places like the memorial remind us that we must remain aware and conscious because history has shown that it doesn't take much to slide into not seeing or tolerating behaviors that now are horrifying to contemplate.   Oh wait, I have to go watch the news to see what is going on in Syria.