Back on October 7th Kim and I went out to Elmer, NJ and Parvin Lake Park to shoot one of the Walk for a Cure events for the JDRF South Jersey Chapter. It was cold. It was wet. But it wasn’t miserable. Great attitude on the part of all the volunteers and participants provided all the sunshine you could want. No one. I mean NO ONE complained. It was just a lot of fun to raise money for a great cause. I know I go on about how great these people are and their die hard dedication to this cause, but these are just a wonderful group of people. I’m not sure how much they raised but it was a great turn out even with the weather. Annette told me that about 75% of the participants showed up. I’m sure the ones that didn’t thought the event was cancelled due to rain. But nope. Rain coats, umbrellas and wet weather gear were the fashion of the day.
This is my first blog since the passing of my good friend, mentor, photographer and brother in arms, Reid Mason. I’ve mentioned Reid several times previously. He was an amazing photographer and more. His style was more artistic than most and he would spend hours working on an image in Photoshop until it was something beyond what was captured when the shutter clicked. His passing has had a profound effect on me. He was THE major influence for me to change careers and more than ever I’m committed to the passion of photography. I feel this need to push myself harder to create images that are something more than just photographs. To eventually let lose my grasp and share them with the world. Reid was never afraid to do that. His images were always striking and he would never show to the world the insecurity that he shared with me. That uncertainty that all artists suffer from. Always questioning whether it was good enough. I think this is what pushes all true artists. That striving to make the next image, painting, sculpture better than the last. I’m not saying that portrait, architectural, or commercial photography aren’t forms of art. There is no reason that they can’t or shouldn’t be approached with some artistic flair. After all, this is what separates a photographer from a taker of pictures. Time to stretch ourselves, push the limits of our skills and strive to be the best we can be. If you haven’t had a chance to please visit Reid’s website. We aren’t sure how much longer it will be up so here’s the address; http://www.masonphotographics.com.