This post is not about professional photography or social media, or running a small business, but I feel it’s appropriate. We capture images here – that’s what we do day in and day out, and most of what we do is a celebration of life and relationships. After the horrific images that came from the Boston Marathon a couple days ago I got to thinking about that city, the resilience it is showing and how important our cities are. I haven’t been to Boston but I still have some thoughts that I just wanted to put out there – thoughts on our cities in general with Boston as a backdrop. We are all thinking about Boston now like we all thought about New York, D.C. and flight 93 after 9/11, and like we all thought about New Orleans after Katrina and any of the other tragedies that have touched us all. As Americans we wrap our arms around a city that has been hurt and we feel for those who were injured and grieve for those who died.
Love for Boston
We have never been to Boston as I said so we can’t rave about it first hand, but we are aware of what an awesome city it is. It is definitely on our list of places to visit someday. It has been noted and emphasized that many people – first responders and ordinary citizens alike rushed in to help after the bombs went off by the finish line on Monday. Locals were helping out-of-towners who may have been trying to connect with family members amid the confusion. Boston, just as other cities have, has given us yet another great example to follow…
Love for other cities
I hope by saying this I’m not minimizing the tragedy since that’s not my intent, but I think we should take this opportunity to remind ourselves that we should love all our cities, and subsequently (as cheesy as it may sound), each other. We should reinforce the sense of community that our cities give us – a mass of humanity all functioning together in a huge and complex living breathing machine. A gigantic display of life and relationships. This might be obvious but when you visit a city take the time to enjoy what is unique about that city – if you go to Philly for example eat a cheesesteak sandwich (even if it’s a veggie version) and check out the history – the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall… Take photos of the skyline. Soak it in. Take the time to strike up conversations with strangers and let them know you are visiting their city and how much you love it.
Love for your own city
Over our Spring Break a couple weeks ago we did not go out of town. We stayed home and worked that week, but we did take one day to do a Detroit “staycation” day where we ate breakfast at Toast in Ferndale, went to the Detroit Historical Museum, drove around Belle Isle, took in an iMax movie in Dearborn, ate dinner at Slow’s BBQ in Corktown, and finished up with dessert back in Ferndale at Treat Dreams. A celebration of Detroit food and history. We love Detroit.
It’s easy to love our snow peaked mountains, our national parks and our beaches with their natural beauty, but in times like these let’s be thankful for our mighty cities too. Let’s work together to make them great. Here are a few (amateur) snapshots from some past visits to other cities…
Independence Hall in Philadelphia – 1989
I always thought this shot I took in 1986 of the Washington Monument was cool…
Snapping our reflection in Cloud Gate – the Chicago “Bean”
Family snapshot from the top of the Empire State Building – New York City 2010
Boston is wounded, but Boston is tough and Boston will get through this senseless act. Boston, the rest of the country is sending their thoughts and wishes your way. I know we certainly are, and we will be adding pictures of your resilient and beautiful city to our collection someday when we come to eat your food, learn your history, and meet your people.