Today I want to say thanks to the photographer in my life. All of the photos that you see on this blog have been taken by my love Gottfried Mitteregger. Readers have been asking about the “photography,” and it is high time that I give credit where credit is due.
Gottfried is passionate about capturing beauty: nature and people. He’s the kind of person that jumps up from the dinner table and says “quickly, come quickly and catch the light.” He is also the kind of person that is dangerous to drive through the mountains with because he is continually looking and pointing and coming to a grinding halt in order to “capture” a moment. Even though some of these trips have been hair raising, I have been the beneficiary of all those beautiful moments, as have been our family and friends and even strangers.
For years Gottfried would present all the family members, and oftentimes friends with a photo album at Christmas capturing their year in photo memories. These have been and are irreplaceable treasured gifts. My Mother swears that she never had a good photo until Gottfried started taking her picture. I can say the same. In fact I now think I look better in my photos than I do in real life. (especially now that I have no hair.) Many of our friends and family say the same about the photos they receive from Gottfried. I believe it has everything to do with passion, love, enthusiasm, really seeing and taking the time to capture a person’s essence.
And so to my blog. It must be evident by now that I love flowers. Gottfried made me a disk with around 300 flowers to choose from. These are not random flowers. I know where each one has been taken. The Lenten Rose, (April 25th) for example grew along side our driveway fence on Gabriola Island as did the Cherry blossoms for Good Luck Bad Luck. The Dogwood branch (May 4th) was taken in Vancouver in Stanley Park when G was there two weeks ago. Every flower I use has a home and a special place in my memory. Of course Gottfried wishes that I would diversify but he forgets that I am the same person who goes to my favourite restaurant and orders the same thing each time. Why ruin a good thing? So flowers it is, but on occasion when you see me slip in scenery for example, you will know that is a special thanks to Gottfried.
It is easy to take all of these beautiful photos and moments for granted. Today I want to say thanks to Gottfried for all of these thousands of images he has captured for our family and friends. One of my most favourite parts of doing this blog is to choose a photo. It wouldn’t be the same without all this beauty.
Gottfried calls his photos, "Only this moment now." This is also a good reminder about our daily life. So I say thanks and thanks again for all this beauty and all of these memories. Never stop chasing the light. With love and appreciation, T