Looking down the tracks
Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of my brother’s passing. As I’ve said before, he lived more in his 43 years than most people do in an entire lifetime. He was well traveled, educated, and well rounded. This year I am 43 and have tried to live each day to the fullest.
I have tried many new things this year, visited many new places (with more on the list to go to), and have tried to be happy even when things aren’t so good around me.
On my Facebook personal page a lot of people were saying my brother would be proud of me for my accomplishments, especially in photography. I appreciated the thoughts. But I still want to be better. There is always room for improvement. I don’t want to become complacent. I’m still learning different techniques, perfecting my favorite ones, and going to new places to try different settings.
My brother worked with trains – I’m not exactly sure what he did but I know he was well accomplished. He also enjoyed photography and travelling. Sometimes I wish I could ask him about how he photographed certain things, or ask how to take a photo better. Unfortunately I didn’t start into photography until well after he was killed.
The photo above was taken at Oil Creek State Park at the Petroleum Center. I took the photo with a sepia filter to help make it look like an older photo. One thing I would have done differently and will try when I’m there again is to get closer to the ground / near the tracks to take the photograph. It would have provided a totally different perspective.
Anyway, I do hope my brother is proud of me, along with my dad, a step-dad and an older sister who are also no longer here with me. My sister was always encouraging my photography. She was pretty artistic herself in many ways. I do miss all of them very much and wish I could have another day with them. But alas, all I can do now is learn from them, live and experience as much as I can, and share that with others.
I don’t know what’s coming down the tracks or what is waiting around the bend for me. Whatever it is, I’m going to keep on chugging along and photographing it.
~ melissa michelle