Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Dark Days

My Dad died two days ago.

He was the very reason I took up photography aged 14.

We used to make temporary darkrooms in the kitchen, even a on school night.

Which did not particularly help my performance at school.

But my Dad got it.

He knew.

The most important thing is to nurture interest in your child, and watch the enthusiasm grow and the rest would follow, with luck, opening up whole new possibilities in their lives.

Without his encouragement I would never have been a professional photographer and had such a wonderful life.

As he passed away I told him he was my ladder to the stars.

And he truly was.

24 comments:

TwinLens said...

My Mother and a lady in the church I attend gave me the same encouragement.
I took my first wedding when I was 15-16years old,that was some 40 years ago.

Drew Gardner said...

Hi Twinlens

Sometimes all we need is someone to show us the way.

And my Dad surely did that

Warm Wishes

Drew

Phocus Photography said...

Drew,

Very sorry for your loss...

It can't be easy to write this at such a traumatic time.

Thank you for sharing.

Keith.

Drew Gardner said...

Hi Keith

Thanks for you message.

Funnily enough it came very easily this morning.

I wanted to acknowledge what he had done for me.

Warm Wishes

Drew

Gordon The Photographer said...

sorry to hear about your dad Drew. Mine died just over a year ago and I still miss him terribly.

Morgana Creely said...

Drew, very sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad you could tell him.

Morgana

John Anderson said...

Lovely words.... so sorry for your loss.

Drew Gardner said...

Thank you all so very much for your kind wishes.

Drew

Telmo Ferreira said...

So true what you say.
Sorry to hear of your loss.

Bill Giles said...

I'm sorry to hear of his passing, but glad to hear that he meant so much to you.

Drew Gardner said...

Thank you so very much.

Your kind comments and support mean so very much to me

Drew

Dave Keating Photography said...

So sorry to hear this Drew. It is wonderful that you were able to tell him how you felt. I hope he knew that by encouraging, and helping you follow your dream, he has impacted many of our lives as well.

Gods speed.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear, can't really imagine what you're going through, but know this. As he inspired you, you inspire us, and his legacy lives.

Thank you drew.

John said...

My condolences, Drew. This is always a heartbreaking development, no matter who else has gone before you in this journey, we all have to experience it on our own.

Fred Combaneyre said...

Hi Drew,
I'm very sorry for your Dad. All my thoughts are with you.
Family and friends are finally what really count the most.
Take care of you mate and see you soon.
Fred

Drew Gardner said...

I'm truly overwhelmed by all of the kind comments

Thank you

Drew

Mike Padua said...

My thoughts go out to you, Drew. While I've never met your OR your dad, I have a very good feeling he's proud of your work.

Charlie Clift said...

My condolences Drew. We all need a good person to inspire us along the right path. I'm pleased that your father gave you so much.

Cole said...

Extremely sorry to hear that, Drew.
At least you were there for him and told him your love.
My grandma died in Malaysia one month before I was due to go back there..... I didn't even have the chance to say goodbye.
Stay strong, my friend. And take care.

Cole (Coltrane Koh) xx

Richard Cave LBPPA said...

Drew many children have fathers that dont understand, have time for or genuinely love them.

You had a great father, he was lucky to have a thoughtful son such as yourself. He is at peace, and he leaves a legacy behind that he would have been proud of, may not have said it but he would have been.

Look after yourself mate, dont think you are alone as you have so many friends on here for you.

god bless

Rich

Pat Morrissey said...

So sorry for your loss, Drew. To have had such a loving father is a great blessing. I hope you find the gifts he gave you a source of some consolation.
Best wishes,
Pat

edmond terakopian said...

Drew, I'm so sorry for your loss. So wonderful to read your words of love towards your dad and his care for you. He must have been very proud to watch you grow into what he spotted in you when you were younger.
I give you my sincere condolences and wish you and the rest of the family strength and patience in dealing with these horrible times. May he have a peaceful rest.

henri-i said...

My sincerest condolences, Drew. It´s always a pleasure to read your blog as you write with so much experience and you have this down-to-earth approach on things. I hope you all the best during this sad time.

You said your father was your ladder to the stars and that reminded me of this video http://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU?hd=1 . If you have the time, do watch it. It´s inspiring.

Henri

Charlie said...

RIP Dad, my condolences to you Drew.