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One of the best reasons to take pictures

Kevin Bourque , Jun 11, 2008; 02:01 p.m.

I admit to taking more pictures of rocks and trees than I do people, but its people that really affect you the most. Take the one below, for instance. It's of my father, Joe Bourque. He was born in 1919, just in time for the Depression. He joined the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific in WWII. He always loved outdoorsy stuff and did triathlons into his seventies.

He slowed down considerably in his last years and was always okay with sitting for a portrait. He was an old-school slide rule engineer, and had some appreciation for mechanical cameras. The one that took the image below was a Mamiya C33 with a chrome 135mm lens.

If this sounds like a memorial, it is, because he passed away just the other day. So, take the picture while you can!

jb, mamiya c33, 135mm lens


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Rich Simmons , Jun 11, 2008; 02:49 p.m.

Sorry for your loss. I know how it feels. A fine portrait and a fine lesson for us all.

You can tell by his eyes that this guy was on top of his game.

It's also important to make sure our descendants know who these people are as well. Again, my condolences to you and your family.

Patrick Dempsey , Jun 11, 2008; 04:16 p.m.

Thank you.

Mihai Costea , Jun 11, 2008; 04:17 p.m.

Kevin, lesson learned. Unfortunately too late for me as I lost my father last February. I only took the occasionally family snap-shots but never ask him to pose for a portrait. Regrets, regrets... My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Doug Grosjean , Jun 11, 2008; 04:28 p.m.

Kevin, beautiful photo. I'm sorry for your family's loss. Your father sounds like a good guy, and appears to be quite elegant and experienced in your portrait.

wayne g , Jun 11, 2008; 04:34 p.m.

Kevin, Sorry about your loss. That is a great picture of your dad! Thanks for the reminder...I too,think that taking pictures of our loved ones is very important.

richard a , Jun 11, 2008; 05:34 p.m.

thanks for posting.....

Ken Kartes , Jun 11, 2008; 06:02 p.m.

What a great portrait Kevin, glad to hear you had the chance to take it. Peace to you and your family.

Jose Guerra , Jun 11, 2008; 06:02 p.m.

I sat both of my parents together for a portrait in color with a 645 then for Xmas presented a copy to each of my sibilings, an 8x10 with frame. I think I am the only one that has it on display I guess because of how proud I am of the photo. My Mother had a gold necklace on and one link reflected a star with the flash.

Mentioning the WWII, brought back memories for me as he left for that right after my birth and came back when I was 3 years old. Whenever my Mom went to town and spoke with men she knew (small town), I asked her, "Mommy, is that my Daddy", because she kept telling me to be good because my Daddy was coming back.

Lucky for me he passed on the joy of taking pictures, viewing and sharing them.

When he passed away 4 years ago I could not hold back the tears and sobs when they played Taps and rolled up the flag that had been on the casket. The first post and picture brought back those thoughts to me. Joe

Jose Guerra , Jun 11, 2008; 06:04 p.m.

One more item about the picture, my Dad always wore a cap like that and he had glasses also. Strong resemblence to my own father. Joe

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