Do you get nostalgic when it comes time to replace or discard old technology? Have you ever been caught off-guard by your own feelings when you encounter old tech and gadgets? And does your answer have anything to do with counseling?
When I celebrated my 50th birthday, friends fêted me with a party that included homemade, allergen-free food, and reminders of my childhood. including an electronic memory game called, Simon. Soon, I was reminiscing about everything from rotary phones with exceptionally long telephone cords to the different PC models that would have been the backdrop of every geeky kid’s experience in America. Where were you when the TRS-80 (later called the Model I) was revealed on August 3, 1977?
Editor’s Note: Bringing More Light Into Focus is a guest blog post written by Richard Wood. His post is a great way of introducing the concept of using photography to explore the interior world within us through an external avenue. While his account is personal and touching, the pracitioners at SDC recognize Mr. Wood’s experience as his own and not a means of therapeutic advisement for others.
In January 2007, I got my first cat, Phyllis. Phyllis McGillis Amaryllis, technically. I found Phyllis while searching online for kittens and discovered the “Itty Bitty Kitty Committee” in Tacoma, WA, where I happen to be living at the time. If you ever visit the IBKC site, you’ll find amazing photos of beautiful kittens, adorable stories about their actions and complete personality profiles. And to sweeten the deal the kittens are being adopted out on behalf of the Pierce County Humane Society.
Well, my entry into photography started there! The site was so beautiful, the kittens were adorable and their website had THOUSANDS of followers who visited daily! So, I thought Phyllis might want to continue her relationship with the followers of IBKC.
I started out with my point-and-shoot camera, but almost a year after getting her decided the PnS was NOT cutting it. So I got my first dSLR camera, a Canon XSi kit with the 18-55 lens. It seemed SO expensive at the time, ringing in at about $700! But to see the photos go from great to fantastic was WELL worth the spend!
Shortly thereafter I adopted two more kittens with my partner. These kittens, Rosalie & Renatta Pettibone (the IBKC started giving each litter cute last names to identify the litters). And then started the new blog about all three called “Phyllis and the Aliens” (later transitioning to http://kittymeadow.com), mostly because that’s what Phyllis thought of the two new youngsters!
Anyway, this post isn’t necessarily about the adorable cats in my life. It’s about life change, what I saw as tragedy.