Whether you consider yourself a ‘real’ photographer or not, if you’re at all interested in the art/hobby/profession, you undoubtedly take some measure of pride in your work. Often, this sense of pride leads to us having a favorite photo or two. These photos become our favorites because they have a story.
This photo is one of my favorites because it has a story…
A few years ago, I flew to Phoenix to take possession of a car and drive it back home to Washington. As it turned out, this task not only turned out to be a great solo road trip up the Pacific Coast, it also turned out to be the last time I saw my father-in-law alive. As he was succumbing to his battle with cancer, he gave his prized SUV to his daughter and I so that we could have a second vehicle.
Among the many places I was able to visit during this trip, included a stop at Big Sur, CA. In order to make an adventure of the trip (and to save costs), I stopped over night at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The next morning, I got an early start and found a nice quiet place to listen to the waves crash upon the shore and watch the sun rise. As it did, the sun light shined through a valley and landed on the blue ocean. It was a serene moment I was able to experience during a difficult time.
This photo may not be perfect, but it carries special meaning beyond whatever intrinsic beauty it may have. Do you have a favorite photo you’ve taken? Please share the photo and story behind it.