This is my first go at the whole blog thing; i havent really done anything like this before so… This should be interesting
For my first blog experience i want to write about something dear to my heart, so i thought i would begin with a little story about ‘Pam and Dave’.
In 2009 went back to study a photojournalism class (for ultimately i would love to be a photo journalist). At the end of the semester my teacher (Jerry Galea) encourage me to work on my portfolio and get out there and shoot a couple of documentary series. I took this suggestion very seriously and after much thought and observation (looking around in day to day living) I remembered Pam and Dave.
I met Pam and Dave at the RSL were I casually do bar work. I was always intrigued by how two people who have been married for over 60 years can still look at each other with such love and devotion… I wanted to be a fly on the wall in there life, to understand and just as importantly, to represent in my images.
They so warmly excepted to help me out and invited me into their beautiful love, lives and home.
I followed there lives over the course of 9 months in 2010.
Dave was a very proud and prominent member of the Royal Navy Marines and Pam had been there with him his whole journey moving all over the world with him.
I loved entering their worlds and hearing all about their adventures around the glob. Their excitement and passion enveloped me as they relived of every story they told, both taking it in turns crossing and weaving in explaining their own take on the events.
It wasnt until the second or third visit that i was told the devastating news that Daves 10 year fight of cancer has hit his prostate and soon after it travelled into his bones. I remember when i left that day, part of me was distraught and part so positive. For much like the way they lived their entires lives they were there for each other all the way and they had fought the big C away for the past 10 years, they’ll take it on again…. Together.
My documentary went to go in a unexpected direction.
His treatments went from every 3rd wednesday of the month into hospitalized for days then weeks on end. Pam was there ever day, right beside him..
They let me follow the process of his treatment, right until the last month..
Dave defied the doctors guesstimate of 3-6 months. Unfortunately, Oct 05/2011 Dave took his last breath in this world…. With his beautiful wife holding his hand the whole way..
A couple of weeks ago I gave pam a bound book of a selection of the images. I watched her as she turned each page. I was so proud and honored i was able to capture the last adventure with the love of her life.
Ok, So, not the most light hearted of subject matters to start on and this has taken me about 3 hours to write… But, it was fun and has inspired me to actually finish this documentary