This is the first time I ever drove a car solo. I was 17 and still 5 years away from getting my licence. Greg, Jennifer & I were visiting Dad and we were at Nan’s caravan park. Dad said I could go for a drive around the park with Greg.
I’d not driven much by this point.
Greg and I, being Greg and I, decided going 5kph was boring and left the caravan park and made for the highway. We went along the old highway instead of the real highway and ramped it up to 70. Flying along we both commented how fast it seemed. It wasn’t until we stopped to take this picture that I realised the car was so old it was still in miles per hour!
We got up to a few things in our youth, my little brother and I. There was the time caught a train from Penrith to Glenbrook with our bikes, went through the National Park and the rode down the Pacific Highway almost literally shitting our daks at the speeds we were going.
And then the time he was in hospital for an operation and bored, so I put him in a wheelchair and we went missing for an hour or two, we visited several wards including maternity to look at the babies, before coming back to a berating from parents and doctors.
This past week has been a rough one for my little sister and her husband. Last Friday my nephew Joshua was stillborn. To say it would have been a hard day for Jennifer and Peter is an understatement.
Today they are having a private service for Joshua to say farewell. I can only imagine in the haze of last Friday their grief was mixed with shock. In the days that followed and in particular today there is no buffer of shock just raw emotions.
As extended family I feel their pain, I grieve for the nephew I will never know. I look at their other children, Alek and Emily, and I know that Joshua would have been an asset to the human race, we’re poorer for his passing.
I hate that I am so far away at a time when family should be together. I wish them the best for today, the christmas break can’t come fast enough so I can see these amazing people.
I stole this photo from my brother’s Facebook timeline. It’s my niece Piper who we get to see so rarely. I often lament how far away I live from my family. These little people are growing up so fast, I’m missing so much of their young lives. I’m watching them grow via Facebook and Path.
In this image Piper is jumping on the trampoline in the backyard of their house near Windsor in Sydney. You can’t go past that joy and sense of contentment in her face. It’s a moment beautifully captured while my brother was testing his new lens.
It’s photos like this that really show why photography is important. It wasn’t a “shoot” it was just a dad, testing a new lens with his daughter as the subject and what he captured was a moment in time that will never happen again.
Too soon this little girl will be a little lady, a big girl, a teenager and a fully grown woman. Thankfully these images will continue for as long as they exist to remind her, and all of those who see it, of this moment of joy in her life; a life with any luck will be filled with nothing but such joy.