I shot Elsie & Loren’s wedding last year. Elsie is good friends with the woman who lives in the house behind ours; someone I’d talked to before, but never really got to know. Until Elsie came along.
It really is a small world. I hate that phrase (mostly because I hear it in my head being sung by life-size dolls), but it’s so true. When I first started getting online, in the mid- to late-90s, I wound up finding a woman in a chat room with whom I got along quite well. We chatted for weeks before we realized that our kids were best friends; truly best friends, and that she lived only about 6 blocks from me. I log onto the World Wide Web and get to know my kid’s best friend’s mom (someone I should have gotten to know sooner).
I grew up in the 70s: no cell phone, no ATMs, no web. I was stoked when we got our first cable station, the Z Channel, and we couldn’t believe the technology behind “Pong,” the first video game ever.
I can’t imagine what the world will be like for Ivan, my gbaby, who’s only five years old. We’ve all heard about how isolating the internet is, but I’ve only made more friends. I have more friends now–all over the world–than I ever had before. On the contrary, the internet has brought more loved ones into my life; it has made me a better neighbor, and a better photographer. Overall, I think I can say with confidence it’s made me a better person. It would have been pretty hard to connect with all the rescues I work with; it would have been almost impossible for Hilary at MHA to find me.
But no matter how much technology we have, we are, after all, just people. And as Paul McCartney says, life goes on. Indeed, I’m sure that earlier generations marveled at the automobile and the airplane and the first man on the moon and couldn’t even fathom the world we live in now. I take a picture, load it into a computer, send it to my phone, go into the other room and write a blog post with that photo. All in about 5 minutes.
Maybe it’s the gloomy weather today, or maybe it’s the sudden nostalgia of photographing the babies of couples whose weddings were shot just last year. I’m in a funky, foggy sort of mood today, but it’s a good funk and a good fog. It deserves something bright and shiny and beautiful. Which is why I chose Ava and her look of wonder and amazement to illustrate my musings on our world (and its wide, wide web).