I’m not a political person in any way, shape, or form. So, please do not leave comments for or against Senator Byrd, the longest serving Senator in history. I am sharing this photo with you because I believe it is incredible. It is a beautiful testimony to a man who spent his entire career serving his country (whether you like what he stood for or not). He was well respected (from what I’ve read) by his peers and he became an expert of the Constitution. He quoted the Bible and classical books in his speeches. He truly loved the country he served and I believe this photo, taken by Chip Somodevilla, really shows that.
As the saying goes, a picture’s worth a 1,000 words. And many, many times I believe a photograph can convey more emotion than any words can (with maybe the exception of the Gettysburg Address). It seems a privilege to own a camera that can produce this type of image, an image that helps portray the heart of a man’s soul. I don’t think it matters if you are a professional or an amateur. If you go out with the idea of capturing a feeling, a place in time that will not come again, you are creating something that transcends time. Years from now, those photographs will tell the tale of what happened better than any memory of the event. Memories fade, people pass one, but that one image can live forever. It can tell the story longer than any one person. It is a privilege to be able to record that.
Enjoy your photography. Take pride in your images. Don’t dismiss what you do because someone out there is better than you. It’s true. There is. But, just as there is someone better than you that you admire, there is someone out there who looks to your images and admires you. Remember that next time you push the button to capture that memory.