Thank You, Ben Nunery, For Your Touching Photos

Ben and Olivia 2013

One of our guest bloggers, Erin Cleghorn, recently wrote a moving post about the loss of her father. More specifically, she revealed how a printed photo she had once hated out of pure vanity is now a cherished treasure.

Erin’s dad passed away this year from cancer. The photo of her and her father is from her college days. It’s the only one she has of the two of them taken in her adult years. 

A coworker recently shared Ben Nunery’s story with me:

“I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to…remember the house,” Ben told TODAY.com. “When Ali and I got married, we closed on the house the day before our wedding, so we did wedding photos in the empty house.”

Ben lost his wife to lung cancer. I encourage you to read their story. Like Erin’s article, Treasuring My Dad Through a Photo I Hate, I realized how a photograph can tell us more about our lives outside of the frame, while also changing its meaning to us as time goes by.

“It doesn’t mean that we forget our loved ones, but find ways to remember them and keep that memory going.”

Read the entire article here.

When I'm not eating my way around the world, I find comfort in a good story; photographic and spoken. The digital world changed how I access both. It accelerated my consumption while making the authenticity of the experience more vulnerable. Thank goodness for the printed word and the photograph, may they live long and last forever.

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